Popzilla

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animated celeb spoofs mix violence, sex, stereotypes.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series pokes fun at contemporary pop culture celebs. Some of the gags (like ones that make fun of Miley Cyrus' Southern heritage and those that take place in third world countries) border on being stereotypical and/or offensive. There's some social commentary to be found here, but it's a bit buried under the drive for quick, constant laughs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Neither the stars themselves or the people who make this show dedicated to mocking them can be considered particularly strong role models. It may be snarky and/or mean-spirited to make fun of the famous, but sometimes their behavior is hard not to raise an eyebrow (or two) at.

Violence

Animated violence includes celebs crashing boats into docks, biting heads off of chickens, burning people alive, etc. Guns and other weapons are visible. Most of the violence comes off as more silly than scary.

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo and references to breasts and male genitals. Also some comments about sex tapes, including jokes about “slam cams” and having sex with animals.

Language

Occasional curses like “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

Because of the series' nature, it contains endless references to celebs, TV shows, and films, including America’s Next Top Model, One Tree Hill, and the High School Musical franchise. There are occasional visible references to products like Hamburger Helper and social networks like Twitter.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Animated celebs are shown drinking (beer, wine, cocktails) and occasionally throwing up after doing so.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fairly edgy animated series -- which pokes fun at celebrities and other pop culture phenomena -- has endless references to actors, other TV shows, movies, and websites. There's some strong sexual innuendo (including references to breasts, male genitalia, and sexual acts), fantasy violence (blood and guns are visible, animated characters are burned alive), and drinking. Occasional curses like "f--k" are bleeped, and some segments rely on very strong stereotypes for laughs. Bottom line? It's kind of funny, but it's also rather iffy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 7, and 13 year old Written bycvt7 September 29, 2009
Kid, 12 years old October 3, 2009
funny show but iffy

What's the story?

POPZILLA is a flash-animated series that pokes fun at today’s celebrities and other pop culture phenomena. From Ashton Kutcher to shows like The Hills, the show riffs on what makes these "brand names" famous, their latest exploits, and the tabloid media that helps increase their popularity.

Is it any good?

The gags featured here range from pure silliness to actual social commentary about the impact that popular culture icons have on the way we view our lives. It also offers interesting insight into how easily the media enhances someone’s celebrity status.

While the show isn't as over-the-top as other teen-oriented animated series, it definitely has its share of iffy stuff -- including some pretty strong sexual innuendo. Some segments also rely on stereotypes (including some with racist overtones) to get a laugh and make their point. But for those who like this sort of humor, the show will probably tickle a few funny bones.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it's ever OK to use stereotypes to create humor. Why or why not?

  • What exactly is popular culture? Are all famous people part of popular culture? Why or why not? Who decides? How much impact do you think the media has on popular culture?

  • What's the point of spoofing someone/something? Is it just to be funny, or is it also meant as some kind of social commentary? When does a spoof or gag go too far?

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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