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Spaceballs: The Animated Series

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Somewhat racy parody series sends up pop culture.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The evil President Skroob and his nefarious henchman, Dark Helmut, are bent on conquering the universe, and only Lone Starr and his allies can foil their dastardly schemes.

Violence

Quite a lot of animated violence involving swords, fists, blasters, guns, tanks, and many other weapons. A fair amount of puposely over-the-top cartoon blood and gore (including heads getting torn off and people being flattened by tanks) in epsiodes that spoof things like Grand Theft Auto.

Sex

Some innuendo, and characters occasionally kiss. Many female characters wear very revealing outfits; some are quite voluptuous (and Princess Vespa's chest -- while always covered -- bounces around rather frequently).

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The series frequently references other pop culture icons, especially popular films and classic sci-fi stories. In fact, this entire show is an homage/parody of the Star Wars franchise; most of the main characters (as well as their costumes, names, and recurring lines) are lifted straight from the original trilogy of Star Wars films.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that -- just like the live-action movie it's based on -- this animated parody of the Star Wars franchise can be rude, crude, and risqué. Some episodes also have a fair amount of cartoon blood and gore. Much like many other Mel Brooks creations, the series mines laughter from innuendo and characters who skate close to the edge of being offensive. It's clever, and the frequent references to pop culture icons will entertain fans, but some people might think some of the jokes go too far.

What's the story?

As its name makes obvious, SPACEBALLS: THE ANIMATED SERIES is based on Mel Brooks' 1987 cult favorite Spaceballs -- which itself was, of course, a spoof of the original Star Wars franchise. Brooks, an elder statesman of parody, is the show's executive producer and co-creator and reprises his roles from the film by voicing both evil President Skroob, who seems bent on conquering the universe, and the oh-so-zen Yogurt, whose sage advice helps defeat Skroob and his henchman, Dark Helmut. Other returning characters include dashing hero Lone Starr (Rino Romano) and beautiful Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga, also reprising her role from the film).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Some jokes are funny because they're new and surprising, while others make us laugh because they're familiar, taking the comfortable and giving it just enough of a twist to seem different. SPACEBALLS: THE ANIMATED SERIES definitely falls into the second category. And, since this is Mel Brooks (who will never be accused of being overly sensitive), the humor is clever but coarse. There are plenty of jokes about sex, drugs, and religion, and some of the female characters have costumes so small they could never function in a world where the laws of physics apply.

While the original film focused squarely on the Star Wars movies (with frequent references to many other films thrown in for good measure), the series takes aim at the entire universe of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, and pop culture Each episode gleefully skewers a new target, including The Lord of the Rings movies, Jurassic Park, the Grand Theft Auto games, and, of course, the three Star Wars prequels that were released too late to get their due the first time around (it's a good strategy, since the original Star Wars movies are now decades old, and young viewers might be more entertained by a show making fun of something they've seen recently).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parody. This show's entire point is to make fun of other popular movies, TV shows, video games, and other media. Why do you think viewers respond so well to seeing familiar scenes/lines/moments being mocked? Does recognizing the source make people feel like they're in on the joke? Do you think stories that capitalize on other shows are just taking advantage of other people's work? Would the jokes be as funny if they didn't refer to other material?

TV details

Cast:Daphne Zuniga, Mel Brooks, Rino Romano
Network:G4
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 14, 2010
language like hell,d@mn,cr@p and @ss are used in this show.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bycsmedia February 22, 2011

decent show

there is way more innuendo than the real movie deffinitly not for young kids.
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