What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series is very similar in style to The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron -- the popular series it was spun-off from. While there isn’t any content that’s overtly problematic, there’s equally little of any real value to kids. Expect plenty of improbable scenarios and unlikely outcomes, some cartoon violence (falls, explosions, etc.) and mild flirting between tweens, and a smattering of potty humor like farting noises. The iffiest part of the show its main character; Sheen's hyperactive mannerisms make for a frantic overall pace.
What's the story?
PLANET SHEEN follows the antics of Sheen Estevez (voiced by Jeff Garcia) after he takes a rocket for a quick spin and winds up on an uncharted planet called Zeenu. Sheen quickly befriends Zeenu’s emperor (Fred Tatasciore) -- who's impressed by his visitor’s seeming worldliness -- but he also makes fast enemies with the emperor’s right-hand man, Dorkus (Jeff Bennett), after Sheen's rocket levels Dorkus' house. With Dorkus plotting his villainous revenge, Sheen’s lucky to count among his friends the resourceful Aseefa (Soleil Moon Frye) and Nesmith (Bob Joles), the MIA astronaut chimp who’s been stranded on Zeenu since the ‘60s.
Is it any good?
Jimmy Neutron fans will recognize Sheen as the boy genius’ friend with a penchant for accidental trouble and lucky fix-alls. Now that he’s the focal point of his own show, there are a lot more nonsensical goings-on and irrational resolutions ... but kids certainly won't mind, since it makes for truly funny predicaments. True, there’s some cartoon violence -- mostly the doing of inept villain Dorkus -- but humor always supersedes any realistic angst.
Aside from plentiful potty humor (comments about urination, farting noises, etc.) and a hefty dose of unreality, there’s nothing really offensive about the show. But there’s equally little content of value, so Planet Sheen ultimately makes a better TV treat than a meal.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about humor. What parts of the show do you find funny? How are the characters’ actions and mannerisms exaggerated for humor? Does any of the humor not strike you as funny?
What role does violence play in action cartoons? Is it a necessary part of any story? How do different styles of violence (cartoon, live action, etc.) affect you differently?
Why are rules established? What rules does your family have? How do they help keep family members safe and happy? What are the repercussions for breaking the rules?