The Cramp Twins

Common Sense Media says

Sibling rivalry at its ugliest.

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The sibling rivalry is constant and never resolved. There are few (if any) momenst of family loyalty. Because one friend's family members live in the swamp, they're called swamp people and are treated as lower class by the rest of the town.

Violence & scariness

The battle between the brothers is strong and never-ending, but no weapons are involved.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Cramp siblings apparently do not love each other underneath all of their fighting and conflict. Their rivalry is bitter and cruel. Stereotypically, the dumber, meaner one is stronger and usually comes out on top.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE CRAMP TWINS is the story of Lucien and Wayne Cramp (voiced by Kath Soucie and Tom Kenny). Lucien is the kind, smart twin, and Wayne is his dumber, meaner (and also purple) brother. Their parents are generally ineffectual, although if the boys' battles invade Mom and Dad's consciousness or their turf, they're likely to take revenge.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is sibling rivalry at its most extreme. There are no special or loving moments to "spoil" what some kids may see as the fun of the ongoing battle between the brothers. Other viewers will long for a respite from the show's predictable set-ups and inevitable fights -- particularly the cruelty of Wayne, who stalks and torments Lucien in every episode. As if the sibling hatred message weren't enough, Lucien's best friend is the son of a family of swamp dwellers, who are referred to as swamp folk and scorned by the rest of the town.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many forms of sibling rivalry and discuss how realistic a take on it this is. Are the differences between these two brothers exaggerated for fun? Do kids find it funny?

TV details

Cast:Kath Soucie, Terry Klassen, Tom Kenny
Network:Syndicated
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byParamoreFan09 April 10, 2010
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2
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WHAT THE HECK?

I was embarrassed when this show came on... I wouldn't want my parents to think i actually watched it. It was stupid. Why watch a stupid cartoon?????
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bySgt-Samson August 9, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 
Just please please don't watch this.
Adult Written byTommydude December 21, 2009
AGE
8
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Actually, I liked the show because I thought that it presented "real life" more than most cartoons. Wayne calling Lucien effeminate names is very realistic, since my friends and I called us these names at school. There were no fantasy elements, just people with varied personalities, which many people can relate to. The show presented affairs pertaining to the real world, such as the harming of the environment and Lucien's role regarding this. I also saw Lucien representing children who favoured intelligence and interests that other kids wouldn't pursue; in this, it is quite educational because children can learn about other things such as nature and the environment from someone their age. They also realise that other children are different and not all will think the same. With Lucien’s likeability, they learn to tolerate different people. In fact, the hostility that the Soap folk have towards the Swamp people may bring out the moral of tolerating different cultures. This parallels our world when we are educating our children to respect each other regardless of our race. This cartoon has been criticised too harshly over the years, and it is time to discover its positive side. It is a show that examines many personalities, from the spoilt to the geeky, acknowledges that people are harming the natural world (Global Warming is a very pivotal theme these days) and makes kids engage with a world that is based on our real world. It may have its flaws and the show isn't perfect, but I loved the show when I was young because this animation presented easily identifiable characters through an interesting surreal world that promotes morals. This means The Cramp Twins can educate as well as entertain.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great role models

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