Robotomy

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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School is a battleground in violent cartoon for older teens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

High school is tough enough, but in this show it becomes an actual battlefield, where robots vie for physical domination and the losers are literally torn to pieces. Certainly not a subtle metaphor, but the message is clear: being a teen is hard and you sometimes need to fight to survive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The two main characters seem much like many high school students: awkward, insecure and struggling to find their place, and teen viewers can probably relate to their issues.

Violence

The animated show is set in a world populated by robots and features plenty of mechanized conflict. Characters blow each other up, buildings and cities are destroyed by massive bombs, robotic limbs are ripped off and more. There’s no blood or guts -- think exposed wiring -- but the pervasive casual violence might be disturbing for young viewers.

Sex

Some innuendo; mention of having a crush.

Language

Some mild sexually suggestive language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character mentions having a "buzz."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent animated series is set in a world of anthropomorphic robots, and focuses on two high school students who are trying to attain popularity. The plots are brief, but the creators put a lot of effort into the visuals: very violent sequences showing both the main characters and people in the background engaged in mayhem and melee. The images can be intense, especially for young viewers, both because of the content and the air of casual destruction.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDUDES!!! October 2, 2011

COOL!!!

not scary, but a little sexy
Adult Written byhgwqhge03 September 21, 2013

this is a good show

sure its violent and pretty hardcore but unlike regular show's mean spirited black-hole this is very funny, FINALLY cartoon network made a good show, in fa... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarkSoul1997 November 27, 2010
Kid, 10 years old May 15, 2011

good for kids

it may have a little violence in it its not for 15 year olders.cartoonetwork is mainly for kids 6-13

What's the story?

Thrasher and Blastus are just trying to find their place in high school, but on the planet Insanus, school is a dangerous place where students might be blown to bits or pummeled just walking down the hall. Fortunately, on the animated ROBOTOMY, the characters are all anthropomorphic robots that can recover easily from even the most violent mayhem.

Is it any good?

Good thing, because violence is the key ingredient on the show. The storylines are pretty thin (and the episodes are typically a short 15 minutes), and the focus here is on the imagery that sells the metaphor of school as a battlefield. Director Christy Karacas also helmed the even-more-violent Superjail, which was definitely aimed at adult viewers (and, like this show, appears on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim programming segment); this show is a bit more tame, but is best for older teens. Subtle it is not, but Robotomy does feature characters that will appeal to anyone who ever struggled to find acceptance in high school.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about high school conflicts. What do you think about the way this series portrays school as a dangerous place where people can get blown up on the way to class? Do you think the bigger message has some truth, that school can be a battlefield as students vie for status and popularity?

  • What do you think about the violent images in this show? Is it art, or does it go too far?

TV details

For kids who love offbeat animation

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