The Buzz on Maggie

 
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Maggie the fly rocks out in her own fly way.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Racial stereotypes are confusing.

Violence & scariness

Some squishing of insects and other cartoon roughness.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though Maggie's world is a fictional insect society, there still seems to be a little racial stereotyping going on. Like many Disney shows (as well as films), the show tends to promote the stereotype of an African-American friend as a sidekick. Though her friend Rayna is just as outgoing and full of energy as Maggie is, she is more defined by her "urban" attitude. This message can be confusing to young people who are learning about their own (and other) cultures. Also, parents should be aware that Maggie is a strong female character who wants to be a rock star, but her parents let her get away with questionable schemes.

What's the story?

THE BUZZ ON MAGGIE follows the fun-filled insect world of a sassy fly named Maggie and her friends. The show's plotlines are complete with jokes about flies barfing and beetles being nerdy, ladybugs being beyond reproach, and all of the puns that go with the buggy theme.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids are going to love Maggie's insect world, and even parents might find this cartoon amusing. As a character, Maggie can be temperamental and moody, while her older brother can be a bully. These traits are side notes to the decent plot line put forth by the writers of the program; however, the assumption that sassy behavior is the norm for pre-teen flies may be something else to watch out for.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Maggie's world is similar to and different from the human world.

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Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012
 

Pardon the pun,but i'm glad this cartoon "got the fly swatter."

This cartoon is terrible.I'm beyond happy it got canceled.It was junk! The animation is hideous and the characters are annoying.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 2, 2010
 

Shows how to be yourself, don't follow the croud

It can get annoying, but I've always loved it! Maggie is pretty typical, wanting to be a rock-star and all, but she's also pretty unique, always speaking her mind and being creative, she HATES it when people follow the 'cool' people, which she ususally never does. Though her friend Rana does (Rana is 'black' although her skin is blue- her slang might be concittered racial sterotype) Maggie's parents are strickt, sometimes clueless. Her brother Aldren is pretty in-love with himself, Pupert is... puny. The shows cute though, sometimes they joke about potty-humar, the flies puke on their food because thats how they digest it. Its really creative, with them living in things like Milk Cartons. The closest to bad language is 'stupid' and 'oh my bug' over-all its pretty okay. But unfortunitly the show was wiped out in the middle of the night, never to be seen again... buy the Dvd or preview it on Youtube.
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Teen, 14 years old Written bySgt-Samson July 3, 2010
 
A fairly decent show but with questionable issues.
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