A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show aims to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some positive lessons about friendship and self-identity.
The series centers on an unlikely pair of best friends whose differences complement each other and make their relationship work. Each story shows the characters working through a difficult dilemma or situation like overcoming a fear of the doctor or breaking a promise to a friend. The processes by which they solve their problems isn't without mistakes, but eventually they get it right and make amends where necessary. There's an older brother/bully presence who occasionally causes grief for Robot.
Positive Role Models
Both Robot and Monster are comfortable being themselves in a world where no two creatures are alike. Though they have very different personalities and often opposing impressions of what it means to be a good friend, they maintain a sweet relationship. Other characters don’t always mean well, but their actions stand out as examples of how not to be.
Violence & Scariness
The characters endure some bumps, crashes, explosions, knocks, and dismemberment, but there's no lasting injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An oversized female character's most noticeable features are her disproportionately gigantic breasts, which are often accentuated by the graphics on her shirts. Not surprisingly, she's the object of multiple crushes from the guys around her, including Robot and Monster.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robot and Monster is a hilarious animated series that celebrates friendship and explores kid-related issues with comedy and quirkiness. The title characters work hard to set aside their differences and relate to each other, and they find that it's easier to face the troubles they have as a team rather than alone. Each story includes a lesson about being a good friend, overcoming fear, or some other issue that kids will relate to. Expect some cartoon violence (explosions, robot combustion, etc.) and allusions to male characters' affection for a busty female. Bathroom humor includes farting noises, vomiting, burping, and mention of "number two."
Is It Any Good?
Opposites truly do attract in this lively, laugh-out-loud CGI series that offers kids a wonderful portrayal of a friendship that triumphs against all odds. Robot and Monster couldn't be less alike, yet somehow their relationship brings out the best in each of them and helps them through the troubles that pop up in their daily lives. Many of the show's laughs are rooted in the main characters' polar-opposite personalities, which cause plenty of mishaps and exacerbate others that befall them, but it's the moments when the two come to a mutual understanding that take the cake for sweetness and make a lasting impression on kids.
Here's even more good news: The assorted cast of supporting characters lets viewers see Robot and Monster deal with issues like bullying and overcoming fears in lighthearted, non-threatening situations, so their messages can reach a range of ages. Of course, that assumes that your kids will pick up on all of the dialogue, which might be tough given that the show's top-notch writing is sure to leave them in stitches while they watch.
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