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Scaredy Squirrel

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Oddball, clever kids' comedy with a bit of name calling.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

While there's nothing specifically negative about the show's messages, it isn't set up like a traditional kids' series in which characters learn a clear lesson by the end of each episode. Some general messages about working together and being a good friend, but these aren't clearly laid out.

Positive role models

The central characters are generally positive and behave with kindness and consideration. The lead character is depicted as a good friend who's always trying to get his co-workers to work together. Some mean-spirited characters provide comic tension and harass the central characters through insults, disrespect, and various cartoon antics.

Violence & scariness

Some insults, disrespect, and antics. If there's any actual violence, it falls squarely in the Looney Tunes school of cartoon fantasy mayhem.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

The show's more negative/meaner characters engage in frequent insults and shouting, but there's no strong language beyond an occasional "dummy" or "stupid."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon deals primarily in broad slapstick humor and occasional sarcasm, with a tone similar to offbeat kids' fare like SpongeBob and The Fairly OddParents. Aside from characters' negative attitudes -- which are played for laughs and shown in opposition to the main character's relentlessly positive outlook -- there's nothing particularly iffy here. While the show doesn't try very hard to teach any valuable lessons or convey any educational content, it does provide an entertaining and humorous outlet for kids.

What's the story?

Loosely based on a popular children's book series by author Melanie Watt, SCAREDY SQUIRREL is about a squirrel who's just trying to overcome his fears and help make the world a better place. Along with his pal, Dave (voiced by Jonathan Gould), a blue skunk who isn't the cleanest animal you'll meet, Scaredy (Terry McGurrin) works at the Stash N' Hoard grocery store for Nestor (Patrick McKenna), a yellow bird who doesn't care for Scaredy very much and who's always trying to please his Momma (Jayne Eastwood), the owner of the store. The animals live together with other co-workers and friends, and Scaredy tries hard to keep himself clean and make life more pleasant for himself and his fellow Stash N' Hoard workers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

There are shows that parents turn to in search of an entertaining, educational experience for kids. Those are the shows with lots of Ph.D.s in the credits, the ones in which lessons are clearly articulated for parents to feel good about.

 

And then there's Scaredy Squirrel, and that's just fine. It may seem faint praise, but Scaredy Squirrel is clearly a show designed to make kids laugh, and that's about it. There are perhaps decent lessons buried within the show's daffy plots, and there certainly aren't many negative messages, so it's not going to scar kids for life. But no one's going to learn the alphabet from Scaredy or how to solve problems with thoughtful respect. Instead, kids will probably find Scaredy and his friends pretty amusing. There's not much for older kids or the parental units, but the mix of wacky voices, one-liners, and pratfalls should provide a fun outlet for younger kids who've had enough of the Children's Television Workshop and just want to laugh.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what aspects of Scaredy Squirrel make it so funny. Does the show take anything seriously? Do kids' shows have an obligation to be educational?

  • Are you afraid of anything that Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of? How does he overcome his fears? How do you deal with your own fears?

TV details

Premiere date:April 1, 2011
Cast:Jonathan Gould, Patrick McKenna, Terry McGurrin
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR

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Adult Written byrororobottt October 3, 2011

Wow.

This show is a rip off of other terrible shows. It has parts in it that are supposed to be funny, like screaming/ running around and "funny" phrases, but the comedic timing is ridiculously so far off to the point where I almost cried at how bad I felt for Melanie Watts being so proud for this. It becomes screamingly apparent she is proud of her work when she deems it necessary to include a blip of her own name in the introduction. The main character is ridiculously bland. So bland that I would much rather watch a snail crawl down the street--now THAT'S entertainment. He's just some sort of neurotic squirrel that's too trusting for his own good. He's not a three-dimensional character--totally un-relateable, and has no humanistic imperfections. He's just too dumb. This show should be aimed more towards younger children--such as "infantile." The colors will keep them entertained since the humor most certainly won't.
Adult Written byTommypezmaster September 8, 2011

Homestar Runner if resorting to potty humor

It is bad enough that this Cartoon Network series promotes bulling, but to brainwash people into liking the horrid animation and voice acting. Scaredy Squirrel has become the most duncical show ever seen on Cartoon Network, even more hammerheaded than BOTH Gym Partner & Baby Looney Tunes combined! If this show return in 2012, please for the love of all that's John K., steer clear of this insipid show. you're better off watching T.U.F.F. Puppy on Nick and Nicktoons.
Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2013

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I think that scaredy squirrel should be for ages 9&up because anyone 9&up would like it

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