Shelldon

Common Sense Media says

Oddball characters overshadow messages in floundering show.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Shelldon’s experiences remind kids that interpersonal conflict is a fact of life and offer some examples for coping with similar troubles.

Positive messages

In each story, Shelldon and his friends learn important lessons like respect for others, self-confidence, and effective communication. 

Positive role models

Adults are a strong presence throughout the show, and Shelldon often turns to his parents, teachers, and other role models for guidance when he’s not sure how to solve a problem. On the downside, some of the other characters aren't as exemplary -- including one who likes to pick on his peers.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language

Some name-calling, like “dweeb.”

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the characters in this underwater-set series are a quirky group of aquatic creatures with extreme personalities, including a few who are chronically grouchy/rude and at least one who picks on and intimidates his peers. Although the main characters deal with issues that kids will easily relate to (wishing to be the team MVP and coping with a bully, for instance), and the solutions always send messages about self-image, friendship, and respect, ultimately much of the show's positive content is lost amid the oddities of the characters themselves.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SHELLDON chronicles the aquatic adventures of a young Yoka Star Shell named Shelldon and his best friends, Herman and Connie. The trio’s undersea exploits throughout their hometown of Shell Land offer plenty of opportunity for fun and games, but there’s always a lesson to be learned in their escapades as well.

Is it any good?

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Youthful sea creatures and brightly colored visuals aside, this ocean-set show is no Finding Nemo. The cast is a mish-mash of strange, exaggerated characters with over-the-top personalities, a few of whom are loud, angry, and rude. While the show does attempt to infuse the stories with kid-friendly messages about self-confidence and respect for diversity, the characters’ personas are at times so distracting that their words and actions miss the mark.

What’s more, Shelldon struggles to net a clear-cut set of viewers. The characters' highly imaginative nature gears it more for little kids than older ones, but some of the marginal content (name-calling like “dweeb” and clashes with bullies, for instance) aren’t age-appropriate for the youngest viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Shelldon's life compares to that of real-life kids. Kids: Can you relate to his issues with friends and family members? What problems did he have to overcome? Who did he turn for help? What did you learn from his experiences?

  • Have you ever seen real-life versions of these sea creatures? How accurate do you think the characters are? Is it important to be true to life in animation? Why or why not?

  • How does this series compare to some of your favorite shows or movies? What makes something a “good” show to you? Which are your favorites?

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byThe PurThe purp... January 30, 2011
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5
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The characters need work.

I don't like this show because its characters are based on stereotypes. The characters are classified by boy/girl hobbies and say to little kids, girls are always into makeup and singing while boys are into skateboarding and rock and roll. The show has some good values, but I don't like that the characters have only gender dominant traits.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old October 30, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Horrible

horrible animation,does not make sense,not funny and all the characters are creepy looking. The characters are not funny, heroic and they almost kill each other.The mayor does not know any magic and is pathetic. In an end of a episode they were all doing a part, but what are the ladies doing is serving drinks work?
Parent of a 8 year old Written byCartoon Lover October 21, 2009
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5
QUALITY
 
Give an educational value, especially for global warmings. Wonderful series.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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