The Aquabats! Super Show!

 
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Gleefully absurd kids' superhero show has cartoon violence.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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 byDaisy79 May 18, 2012
 

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
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeanoMaster May 10, 2015
 

Amazing show!

This is a great TV programme! It is meant to be a parody of old Superhero shows and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Overall, it's a really fun show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac Burbank July 30, 2014
 

Best tv show ever,but has some violence

The Aquabats!Super Show! is a tv series that is about a real band that started in 1994,and pretend to be galactic guardians of the universe,but in the show they are superheroes,so....don't get that part confused.First of all,some little kids(5 and under) may get scared on some scenes,like mild blood,a three headed woman with extremely long necks for each head,and some mummies that are kinda creepy for me,and I'm 13.Common Sense Media says that this show is so crazy and stupid that you can't tell that The Aquabats are saving the world,but that's not true...at all...The season finale episodes are the most violent.Season 1 finale:Firing of a gun,an exploding building,more shooting(but they're lasers),and some powerful punches.Season 2 finale:Powerful punches,showings of machine guns,a car battle scene,and some more shooting(but they're lasers...again...yeah...)Season 3 finale:Not much violence,but a long fight scene,and a huge explosion that would kill many people if they were in it,obviously...Season 4:TBA.Overall,the episodes are worth watching over and over and over and...yeah,you get the point.The tv show is truly....super rad.( only fans of The Aquabats! will get that)

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