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Right Now Kapow
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Right Now Kapow is an animated sketch comedy series and joint production from Warner Bros. and Disney. The skits are very short (many in the 30-second range) and certainly don't challenge viewers in any way, but they're clean, fun, and filled with creativity. Expect some very mild stereotypes in the characterizations (a bitter, harried teacher; a smooth-talking singer and his sassy partner) but nothing that might offend.
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What's the story?
Warner Bros. and Disney's joint venture, RIGHT NOW KAPOW, comprises brief skits starring its six cast members: Dog (voiced by Michael Blaiklock), Candy (Alana Johnston), Ice Cream (Kyle Kinane), Diamond (Emily Maya Mills), Plant (Betsy Sodaro), and Moon (Baron Vaughn). In each sketch, some combination of the six performs jokes, songs, and sketch comedy bits in one of their many characterizations. From an R&B singer who finds out too much about the love of his life to a sphinx who doesn't take defeat well, these characters are unique and just a little bizarre.
Is it any good?
This unique series is an acquired taste, and most viewers will agree it has a love-it-or-leave-it aura about it. The characters' heads are shaped like their namesakes (Ice Cream's a frozen treat, Plant has leaf hair, and so on), and when they're not atop a character in a skit, they float about the screen disembodied. A bit strange, to be sure, but it's the kind of thing that seems to fit this quirky spin on the inherent freedom of the sketch-comedy style.
RIGHT NOW KAPOW is the substantive equivalent of a bag of candy, but that doesn't mean it's without merit. It takes real talent to entertain audiences in the confines of a 30-second skit, and this show's writers do that very well. Some are better than others, obviously, but with so much creativity and diversity of stories and characters, this is a fun show for those looking to be entertained.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Right Now Kapow's comedy style. Did you like it? Were there parts you didn't find funny? Is it jarring to have the story and characters change so rapidly in the course of one episode? Would you watch it again?
Kids: What do you look for in the shows and movies you watch? Do you like to be taught something? Challenged to look at things a different way? Just plain entertained? How does this show stack up against your favorites?
Why are screen limits important? What are your family's rules about screen time? Which screen-free activities do you most enjoy?
For kids who love sketch comedy
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