A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Talking Tom and Friends centers on the animated stars of a popular app series, so kids who know and love them will want to watch their TV antics. On the whole, the content is fine for kids, and there's plenty of silliness (and some body noises and humor) to keep them entertained. That's the show's main intent, so don't expect many teaching moments. The characters argue and get on each other's nerves at times, and some squabbles get physical with tussles and wrestling, but there are no injuries.
What's the story?
TALKING TOM AND FRIENDS is a Web series based on the characters from the popular companion apps. It follows the hijinks of an adventurous and inventive cat named Tom (voiced by Colin Hanks) as he launches a reality series filmed in his garage, where he also works with his friend Ben (James Adomian) to develop new apps. They're joined by his pop-star girlfriend, Angela (Lisa Schwartz); his nephew, Ginger (Maria Bamford); and his roommate, Hank (Tom Kenny). Cameras capture the curious, comical, and even mundane events of their days as these pals go about work and play and spill secrets in bathroom confessionals.
Is it any good?
Talking Tom and his cohorts have entertained many a kid by way of interactive apps in which the characters repeat a modification of what users say into their devices. Just as there's little depth to the virtual activity, there's not much below the surface of this series, but that certainly won't be a deterrent for kids who want to watch. Those who do will enjoy seeing Tom and his friends interact, and, with so many personalities, there are plenty of moments that will get them laughing. Also, if your kids haven't used the characters' apps yet, don't be surprised if this encourages them to seek them out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the characters in the show compare to those in the apps. Does different animation make them more engaging or less so? Do you like their new voices? Are their personalities what you expected?
Kids: How real is reality TV? How might your life look if it was made into a TV show? Do these characters have any bad habits that are brought to light in this show?
What rules does your family have about screen time and device use? Are the rules different for kids and adults? How do cell phones and tablets make our lives easier? Is it fair to say that they have a negative impact on how people relate to each other?
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