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 The Day My Butt Went Psycho is set in a world where people and their animated, disembodied bottoms live side by side rather than as one. Based on a popular book series of the same name, the show relies on puns and jokes about butts and all things relative to garner laughs, so expect to hear plenty of references to farting as well. Violence is the other concern, as many scenes show the characters punching, flattening, and pummeling each other in the popular sport of "butt fighting." That said, the central characters (a boy and his butt) share a heartening relationship that weathers storms and usually brings out the best in both of them.
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What's the story?
THE DAY MY BUTT WENT PSYCHO centers on a boy named Zack Freeman (voiced by Mac Heywood) and his newly separated -- and now willfully independent -- butt, Deuce (Rob Tinkler). In a world where people and their rear ends live side by side rather than conjoined, the modus operandi is a sport called "butt fighting," and it's Zack's deepest wish to master the skills and become the greatest butt fighter in the world. Together with his friend Eleanor (Bryn McAuley) -- who just happens to be the daughter of a legendary butt fighter, Silas Sterne (Kedar Brown), and a fierce battler herself -- Zack hones his skills in frequent face-offs with nefarious butts out to control the town.
Is it any good?
The Day My Butt Went Psycho is eye candy for anyone with a 10-year-old's sense of humor, but it doesn't offer much depth beyond the seemingly endless bowels of toilet talk. This is a world where people and their walking, talking, preposterously oversized derrieres live side by side. Where conversations are rife with cleverly played puns about "explosive" altercations, "crack" fighting, and "cheeky" laughs. Where inanimate objects are reshaped into the now-distinctive image of a stand-alone tush. It's as if someone "cracked" open a kid's doodle pad and turned the contents into a cartoon, complete with gaseous weapons of mass expulsion.
There is some merit to the buddy-comedy quality of the show, as Zack and Deuce come to realize that even though they're separate entities, they're better together than they are apart. Even so, that's not the reason kids will like it. When it comes to this age group, bathroom humor sells, and this outrageously silly series is as full-frontal (or back-frontal) in that department as a kid's cartoon can get. Ultimately this is a classic know-your-kid -- and know-your-own-tolerance level -- scenario. If yours are the type to repeat what they hear on TV and you're not keen on listening to butt and fart puns ad nauseam, you may want to turn their attention elsewhere.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about this show's unique brand of humor. Kids: Why is talking about butts and matters of the bathroom so funny? Are there times when such topics are more appropriate than others?
What positive things does this show have to say about friendship? Do your kids like to be silly with their friends? What are some of their favorite pastimes?
Kids: Have you read the books that inspired this show? How do the two compare? What other books would you like to see turned into TV shows or movies? Have you ever been disappointed by how a book has turned out on the screen?
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