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 this cartoon's frantic pace and flashy visual images won't do grade schoolers' attention span any favors -- and they make it virtually impossible for younger kids to follow the thin stories. There's also a fair amount of cartoon violence (collisions with heavy objects, laser blasts, etc.), but its unrealistic nature and lack of resulting injury keep it light and non-threatening to youngsters. While the show centers on the main characters' ongoing quest for evil infamy, the stories are silly enough that kids won't be fazed by that aspect of the content, either.
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What's the story?
In THE LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a motley crew of villains cooks up schemes to assert dominance over their neighborhood. Under the direction of the diminutive but diabolical Supreme Commander Voltar (voiced by Scott McNeil), team members Doktor Frogg (Lee Tockar), Red Menace (Colin Murdock), and the unpredictable pooch Doomageddon plot against everyone from police officers to the pizza boy. But somehow their maniacal plans never turn out as they expect, and they're left to revisit the drawing board time after time.
Is it any good?
This animated series turns the tables on traditional superhero shows by making the protagonists a group of not-so-evil bad guys whose plans are always foiled by bad luck or their own incompetence. The concept's not a poor one, and the show keeps the content -- and the unavoidable cartoon violence -- so light that kids aren't likely to mistake the crew's intentions as truly evil.
Unfortunately, the series' pace is so chaotic and the sensory impression so overwhelming with lightning-quick scene changes and Voltar's constant yelling that it actually does kids a disservice. There's little developing plot to test their attention spans, and the show makes no attempts to promote any concrete positive messages. The bottom line? This fast-paced show is fine for occasional viewing, but there are plenty of other choices with more substance out there for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the media's messages about crime and criminals. Kids: What did you think about the characters' actions in this show? How would you compare them to real-life crimes? How do their consequences (or lack thereof) compare to those in the real world?
Do you think shows like this make too little of iffy behavior? Why or why not?
What other shows have you seen that put a funny spin on people doing wrong? How do those stories compare to the ones here?
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