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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rocket Monkeys is an animated series about two space-traveling monkey siblings who get into all kinds of wacky predicaments. The show plays at breakneck speed making it hard to follow what there is of a plot amid all the physical gags. Potty humor accounts for a lot of the laughs, making puking, pooping, and nose-picking seem hilarious. The characters also call each other names ("fool" and "loser," for instance), whine to get their way, and use violence like punching, kicking, and dismemberment (mostly of robots). The bottom line? With so many choices for the tween set, there are better options for these impressionable viewers than this excessive, crude series.
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What's the story?
ROCKET MONKEYS follows the misadventures of monkeys Gus (voiced by Sean Cullen) and Wally (Mark Edwards), brothers and astronaut partners who embark on space missions directed by Dr. Chimpsky (Jamie Watson). Accompanied by their loyal robot friend Yay-OK (David Berni) and a space squid named Inky, these nomadic monkeys travel the universe fending off dangers from scheming villains and celestial threats like meteors and black holes.
Is it any good?
This series tries to be edgy and clever with its humor, but gross-out laughs usually dominate the content. Rocket Monkeys pulls out all the stops when it comes to body odors, body functions, and body mishaps. In one episode alone, you can expect to see characters throwing up, filling their pants (yes, with poo), picking their noses (and eating it), and burping noxious gases.
When they're not being disgusting, Gus and Wally are loud, rude, and chronically dim. They're also persistent in the worst possible way, forever trying to one-up each other or get what they want by whining about it. There's some creativity in brief mixed-media scenes and in the variety of creatures the monkeys encounter in their travels, but overall this animated series is hectic and tiresome. That said, it's the type of bizarre humor that does attract a fan following, especially among tween boys who don't mind a good poop joke.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Rocket Monkeys's brand of humor. Is it funny? Does it entertain throughout or become old after a while? What role does violence play in comedy in shows you watch? Is it OK to laugh at this kind of content?
What, if anything, are the redeeming qualities of Gus and Wally? Does their sibling relationship resonate with what you experience with your brothers and/or sisters? What are your favorite parts of having siblings?
What rules does your family have about screen time? What other activities do you enjoy in place of watching TV?
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