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Robotboy

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Robot's firepower makes show iffy for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Robotboy's Japanese nemeses are victims of negative stereotyping.

Violence & scariness

Robotboy reacts to anger by fighting, and his limbs become guns to battle inanimate enemies.

Sexy stuff

Boy/girl relationships are alluded to in a playful, teasing tone.

Language

Kids use words like "butt" and call each other "stupid."

Consumerism

Characters spend their free time playing video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that when he's angry, Robotboy's arms transform into guns, and he shoots robotic enemies in defense of his friends. The Japanese villain and his servant are portrayed as bumbling fools with exaggerated accents. While teamwork and friendship are embedded in the moral of each episode, the lessons are overshadowed by the show's action.

What's the story?

Created by Professor Moshimo, ROBOTBOY is an android prototype so special that he would likely be extremely valuable to evildoers. Realizing the danger to his invention, the professor sends Robotboy to live with Tommy Turnbull, who will show him what life is like as a true boy. Tommy and his friends, Gus and Lola, face challenges typical of kids their age: bullying, teasing, name-calling. However, the trio must also combat the constant efforts of the evil Dr. Kamikazi and his servant, Constantine, who are bent on using Robotboy to help them take over the world. The kids rely on teamwork and Robotboy's Incredible Hulk-like transformation (he changes into a gun-armed dynamo when he gets mad) to escape Dr. Kamikazi and foil his plans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Kids may relate to the friendship among Tommy, Lola, and Gus, and will enjoy watching the trio scheme to defeat the bad guys. (Relationships within the trio are complicated by the fact that Gus relentlessly teases Tommy and Lola for being boyfriend and girlfriend, which they vehemently deny.) The show also offers some gross-out moments, which are always hits with kids, if repulsive to adults. One example: When Kamikazi has a cold, viewers get to watch his nasal secretions in action.

Bottom line: With its monotonous plotlines and a villain whose common sense is questionable, Robotboy is a mediocre choice. Even though his shooting targets are strictly inanimate, the fact that, in anger, Robotboy becomes a walking machine gun should concern parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how working with others can help overcome challenges. Families also might discuss the villains and what makes them appear evil. Do they look or sound scary? What makes them seem more dangerous than gun-shooting Robotboy? Families also could talk about the dynamics within the circles of friends. Is it OK for Gus to tease Tommy and Lola about something they say isn't true?

TV details

Premiere date:November 1, 2005
Cast:Laurence Bouvard, Rupert Degas, Togo Igawa
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Robots
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Teen, 14 years old Written byANDREEAHIHNIHV5NI4HW February 15, 2014

TOO MUCH INCORRECTNESS

IN THIS SHOW ARE A LOT OF VILLANS WHO ARE WRONGED.FOR SOME OF THEM I FELL REALLY SORRY.ALSO TOMMY HAS NO PERSONALITY IN THE FIRST SEASONS AND GUS IS REALLY RUDE,GROSS,SELFISH AND INSENSITIVE.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byTripFoot November 30, 2012

Watch out!

I really liked Robotboy when I was a kid - my favorite part was... well... Robotboy. I liked how he could transform into a cool robot, and I felt his struggle to become a real boy. Now, however, when I think about it, Robotboy is rather stupid. This villian is a moron, characters behave stupidly, and the whole thing is immature. It's also rather repetitive - Villian tries to capture Robotboy, Robotboy and his friends save Robotboy in the last moment possible, etc. There are only a few original plots, such as the Robot Arena, or sometimes a different villian. There are also negative Japaneese stereotypes. One of the only redeeming qualities is Robotboy's struggle to be a real boy, which is so cute! All in all, avoid this show. It's dumb, and your kids won't learn anything, won't be subjected to positive rolemodels, and will just be entertained in a stupid, non-thinking way. Some better alternitives are: Ben 10, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Atomic Betty, Adventuretime with Finn and Jake, etc. Hope this review helps!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byhgwqhge03 September 21, 2013

It's OK

it could be a lot more enjoyable if they got rid of Gus, all he does is eat and fart and he is not needed for the plots, this show is out of my home country, Slovakia (fun fact), the only likeable characters are Constantine and Dr. Moshimo, everything else in this show was quite bland

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