The Aquabats! Super Show!

Common Sense Media says

Gleefully absurd kids' superhero show has cartoon violence.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate, though kids might gain an interest in musical instruments, since the Aquabats play in a band.

Positive messages

The Aquabats are loyal to each other and always on the side of "good," though the show is so absurd and silly that it can be hard to tell what "good" is.

Positive role models

The Aquabats are presented as kind-hearted and helpful. The band plays an all-night show for a teen's birthday party, for example. Law enforcement is treated respectfully. There are no central female characters.

Violence & scariness

The violence is cartoonish (and usually in the animated segments only) but slightly over the top for a kids' show, with images that may disturb younger or sensitive viewers -- i.e., Jimmy the Robot's arm is ripped off by a giant ant. Animated characters use weapons like blasters or super strength; explosions and monsters appear regularly.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Bad guys may rarely insult the Aquabats or each other: i.e. "You loser!"

Consumerism

No products appear in the show, but it's built around a real-life band that has albums and DVDs for sale.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Aquabats! Super Show! is a high-energy blend of campy superhero shows (think old-school Batman) and modern kids' shows, which means a lot of eye-candy, noise, absurdity, and a surprising number of rather intense images that make this a bit of a gamble for younger viewers. The Aquabats are presented as superheroes, always battling one enemy or another; the battle scenes and cartoonish violence the bad guys deal out may be disturbing for the sensitive. But kids made of sterner stuff will love the high level of sheer ridiculousness. The Aquabats themselves are bouncy and fun, rather older and larger than most heroes, wear silly-fun costumes, and are equipped with weird gadgetry that techno kids will enjoy. Their adventures have a silly, surreal touch that may remind parents of The Monkees.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Somewhere in Southern California, evil springs anew. The only ones who can stop it? The Aquabats, the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band and stars of THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! In his drawn-on mustache and blacked-out teeth, MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs, creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!) is the leader of a posse consisting of Crash McLarson (Chad Larson), who grows up to 50 feet in size when he gets upset; Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs), an all-knowing automaton who can shoot laser beams; Ricky Fitness (Richard Falomir), who's super fast; and Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk (Ian Fowles), who can fly with the help of his invisible bird, Dude. Togther, the Aquabats vanquish crime in both live-action and animated shorts, play music, and occasionally sit down for some relaxing television, which usually features a commercial parody.

Is it any good?

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Demented and manic, The Aquabats! Super Show! is fun by sheer dint of how many jokes, visual and otherwise, are thrown at the screen, both those calculated to appeal to kids (tight blue superhero duds), and adults (Rip Taylor shows up at one point as a genie). It's certainly a lot less violent than other live-action superhero fantasies that might appeal to kids, and it's a lot sillier: It never appears as though the Aquabats are in any real danger; everything is kept light and fun.

Nonetheless, a few random violent images may freak kids out. At one point, for example, Crash is entrapped by a giant man-ant who jams a faucet into the side of his head and turns it on to collect his "grow juice." In another segment, Jimmy the Robot's arm is ripped off by a monstrous ant. Older kids will laugh at this, but it's nightmare-bait for younger sibs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Aquabats' super powers and how the powers help the Aquabats fight crime. What powers do you have that help you power through your problems? What super powers would you like to have?

  • Why are there no women in the Aquabats? Are women usually in rock bands? Why or why not? Can you think of any bands that are all women? What about all men? What about those that are both men and women?

  • The Aquabats do things that aren't really possibly, like hurtling through space without breathing gear. Why do you think TV shows picture things that people won't or can't do in real life?

TV details

Cast:Chad Larson, Christian Jacobs, Ian Fowles, James Briggs, Richard Falomir
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byAmbrose Bielecki March 6, 2012
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12
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30 Minutes of Goofy Fun Each Week on the Hub: The Aquabats Super Show

Think Mighty Morphin Power Rangers schlock with a more entertaining and campy delivery. These guys don't take themselves the least bit seriously. The effects are ridiculously lame, intentionally so, and the acting is rigid, intentionally so. Christian Jacobs had this idea for an Aquabats show years ago... but got no takers. Once it was "Christian Jacobs - creator of Yo Gabba Gabba".. suddenly people were returning his calls in regards to the show. Just keep that in mind when you let your kids watch this: "this guy created Yo Gabba Gabba, so it's written with kids in mind"... not some 30 minute toy commercial like you'll find on the broadcast networks. Will you find any embedded lessons like Yo Gabba Gabba contains? Probably not. But will your kids enjoy watching 5 goofball "super heroes" save the day each week in a non threatening environment? Absolutely!
Parent Written byDaisy79 May 18, 2012
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2
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THE BEST EVER!

This show is entertaining for both children and adults. There are jokes meant for children and adults. It is great for the whole family to get together and watch!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written byMominmsp January 29, 2013
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8
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HORRIBLE SHOW

My 6 1/2 year old watched a few episodes and seemed to enjoy it. Then, on the 5th or 6th episode, there was a girl whose eyes turned gray and her neck grew about 5 feet long, and my son was so freaked out we had to go to bed with the lights on. He kept staring at me all night, trying to make sure that I wasn't going to turn into a monster like the girl did. Who knows how many months it will take to get rid of that image. This really makes me angry. I wish shows like this did not exist.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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