Starveillance

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Biting claymation satire skewers puffed-up celebs.

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Positive Messages

This biting social satire depicts celebrities at their worst moments and includes jokes about race, eating disorders, religion, mental illness, and more. On the upside, the show might prompt viewers to examine society's fascination with celebrity culture. ...

Violence

Some hitting, slapping, and fistfights between clay figures -- all in the name of humor, of course.

Sex

Rampant sexual innuendo, occasional sexual scenes (in claymation!). Some flashes of clay flesh, kissing, etc.

Language

Mild expletives, like "ass," "bitch," and "whore."

Consumerism

Brand names are sometimes used (Starbucks). Many of the parodied celebs are slammed for materialism, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Possibility of drug and alchohol use, though not common. Jokes about crack use and prescription drug abuse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this celebrity satire may look like it's for children since its characters are animated clay figures, but it's definitely not kid material. Skits make merciless fun of celebrities' foibles, mishaps, and personalities (as projected and reported on by the media). Jokes about race, eating disorders, religion, mental illness, and more are at the heart of the show's biting humor. Sexual innuendo/situations, silly violence, and drug and alcohol use are no strangers to the show, either.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008

Good Adult Cartoon, Nothing Like Ellen's Acres Though :(

Starveillance is a great (adult) cartoon, not for preschoolers (I preferred Ellen's Acres and Homestar Runner for them) and 6-11 year old kids (there are a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In a funny, twisted take on celebrity voyeurism, STARVEILLANCE merges claymation with tabloid news. Creator Eric Fogel (Celebrity Deathmatch) spins exaggerated, expanded versions of the "real story" behind celebrity news items. Comically embellished clay figures stand in for the celebs as they play out brief, ridiculous scenarios that highlight their personalities as constructed by the media: spoiled Mary Kate and Ashley, power-hungry Barbara Walters, out-of-control Mel Gibson. Each 30-minute episode contains about six skits. While incredibly harsh on its Hollywood victims -- joking about eating disorders, speech impediments, etc. -- Starveillance's biting humor hits its targets, letting the air out of these larger-than-life figures.

Is it any good?

Entirely watchable for its combination of claymation and celeb skewering alone, Starveillance also reminds us how silly our fascination with Hollywood and its spawn really is. Why are we interested in these people? Why is it so hard to turn away? Why are celebs so much fun to tease? What does this say about us?

Parents may prefer that their kids avoid this type of stinging humor -- but if you feel like a challenge, consider using the show as a platform for discussing celebrity culture and our society's fascination with Hollywood figures' highs and lows.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about celebrity culture. What's so fascinating about celebs and their lives? How do you think celebrities influence our own lives and decisions? Do you think you're immune to their influence? How do you see others being influenced by our culture's fascination with the rich and famous? Do you think this is an American phenomenon, or do other cultures engage in celebrity worship as well? How do the media contribute to and shape our obsession with stars? Does this show reinforce that obsession or undermine it?

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