Packages from Planet X

 
Alien gadgets and rude humor in fast-paced, iffy toon.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Virtues such as cooperation and friendship are explicitly praised, but the praise rings a bit hollow when friends insult each other and compete. There is some discussion of sci-fi concepts like space travel and chemistry, which may encourage young science enthusiasts.

Positive role models

One character is a brainy math genius, but the positive aspects of that characterization are undercut by mockery of smarts: "I'm a brainac? What fun is that?" says Dan.

Violence

Lots of cartoonish silly violence: Aliens spit fire, a meatball monster looms and threatens to crush Dan and Troll with its giant foot. The violence is played for laughs, but may freak out younger kids.

Sex

Characters are presented as teens and there may be flirting and dating. Rare innuendos: a gadget delivered from the mysterious Planet X is a "chick magnet."

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that that Packages from Planet X is an animated show about a group of friends that includes some rude humor. The jokes are silly, fast-paced, and slightly coarse: One piece of technology the friends play with is a "chick magnet," another is a set of underpants that makes the user smarter. There are jokes about imminent death and bodily functions. Friends mock and insult each other, and there is cartoonish violence such as buildings being leveled where everyone walks out unharmed but black from smoke. The action moves very quickly; younger children may be intimidated or overstimulated by the fast pace, and parents won't appreciate all the sarcastic talk.

What's the story?

Dan Zembrosky (Vincent Tong) is an ordinary teen with an ordinary life. That is, until he begins receiving mysterious PACKAGES FROM PLANET X, which contain pieces of alien technology that changes his life somehow, such as a pair of underwear that makes him smart enough to compete in an academic competition with his best friends Amanda (Brittney Irvin) and Troll (Ty Olsson, Ord from Dragon Tales). However, with each small gain of abilities or coolness, there's generally a price to pay: The underwear overheats to the point where it detonates a school, and a cooking gizmo accidentally creates a meatball made of monsters. But Troll, Amanda, and Dan manage to muddle through somehow, and it's all smiles and one-liners at each episode's end.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Loud, brash, and somewhat rude and crass, Packages from Planet X is the kind of show tweens love and parents wish they wouldn't. The sci-fi aspects of the show are fun, but the humor is awfully lowbrow, with jokes about underpants and burping and smoke emanating from one's underpants having to do with a spicy curry. The trio of friends at the center of the show are competitive and (jokingly) nasty, trying to one-up each other with sarcastic quips and pranks. And the action is so tediously sitcom-trope-ish. If there is a bicycle and a pier, that bike will soon be in the water. If there is a trashcan, someone's going into it, probably butt-first. Yawn.

Of course, young kids haven't seen the same sitcom jokes over and over, so they'll find Packages from Planet X fresher and more amusing than their parents, rather on the order of a junior Futurama. Parents will want to check out the show first, however, to make sure they're okay with the show's level of crude humor, its energy level, and the way its characters are depicted.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many TV shows and movies revolve around aliens and space travel. Why is this such a perennially fruitful concept? What does it say about us that we like to think about finding new words and forms of life?

  • Troll is given a body that is larger than those of Dan and Amanda. What do you think the animators' purpose was in drawing the character this way? Is it significant that he goes by an unflattering nickname? What about the fact that no one else depicted in the show has a larger body type?

  • How are viewers of Packages from Planet X supposed to feel about Dan, Amanda, and Troll? Are we supposed to like them? Envy them? Criticize them? What about the way these characters are presented brings you to this conclusion?

TV details

Cast:Brittney Irvin, Ty Olsson, Vincent Tong
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent Written byCreative Thingking July 18, 2013
age 10+
 

Knowing this show from the point of Veiw

This show has some crude humor such as burping, farting, Toilet humor, spiting and etc. It is a good show that young kids should watch from 10 and up. There is a lot of positive messages, but some kid stuff evolved around the show. Although is could be a show mostly for young boys to watch girls could also watch this show. There is hardly any swearing from the teens, or people. There is some violent contact such as exploding, punching, kicking, shooting but really this is not as bad as anime in terms of violence and sex. It's a show really for young kids for just fun and entertainment, but if you want education for the kids have them watch Cyber Space of PBS. It's a great way to learn math and positive messages. This show is evolved around a group of 3 teens probably around 13 or 14 years maybe. It has adventure, action and humor. It has good animation, but could have fast images and bouncing around in the action scenes of the show. But over all it's a good show that your kids will want to see.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old December 15, 2013
age 9+
 

Crude, fast-paced, and the usual cartoon Disney XD brings

This show is like any other series on Disney XD; all the boy characters are dimwitted and immature while the girls are smart, sassy, and sarcastic(if you have seen any cartoons on this channel, you will know what I'm saying). This really just blends in with the other cartoons on Disney XD, so it doesn't stand out like other cartoons. It's a shame that Disney has to bring such silly cartoons, because Disney started excellent animated projects, unlike this one. But behind all of the negative things, this show is goofy and immature, so 9-year-olds everywhere will find a hidden gem in this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheIceKing December 17, 2013
age 7+
 

It's alright, but it's not for anyone under the age of 8

Hey guys. I am doing a review on Packages From Planet X. So, this show is fun for anyone 8 & up. But kids under the age of 8 will not be able to handle it. But behind that, this show is funny, immature, and 8-year-old material.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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