Parents' Guide to

Summer Camp Island

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Quirky, heartwarming series has cross-generational appeal.

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age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+
age 7+

The best show out there!!!!

I personally think that this is one of the better shows on Cartoon Network. It has great characters, an amazing story, and does a great job tackling boy/girl friendships. If your a fan of Adventure Time you'll definitely love Summer Camp Island. The only downside is that there is some bullying, most which is targeted at the main character, Oscar. But in the end,his best friend Hedgehog is pretty much always there to support him. I think Oscar and Hedgehog are great role models. I've only seen them upset with each other in the basketball episode, but they always tend to forgive each other after an argument. Overall I hope this show gets a lot of attention so families can enjoy Summer Camp Island for years to come.

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Is It Any Good?

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Oscar and Hedgehog aren't the only ones who will be pleasantly surprised by this unusual camp experience. The premise of a show in which anthropomorphic animals, monsters, and talking objects like trees and menacing marshmallows are the norm sounds corny at first, but Summer Camp Island exceeds expectations at every turn. There's a peaceful, almost serene quality to the series that negates any need for the kind of superficial laughs and physical humor more prevalent in kids' programming. Instead, this creative, imaginative story explores unusual subjects like Oscar's emotional vulnerability and his and Hedgehog's enduring friendship.

With the likes of Adventure Time on her resume, creator Julia Pott clearly has a knack for the kind of oddball storytelling that strikes a chord with viewers. Summer Camp Island is a truly heartwarming series disguised as the kind of offbeat cartoon that kids and parents will enjoy equally. Because of the story's magical setting, the unexpected is routine, and it's impossible to predict what will happen next. This gives the show a welcome freshness that, coupled with the endearing characters and gentle visual style, yields a worthy contender for families' attention.

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