A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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).
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