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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Boy/girl relationships are alluded to in a playful, teasing tone.
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Kids use words like "butt" and call each other "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
Characters spend their free time playing video games.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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