The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack



Over-the-top 'toon OK, but lacks substance.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is focused on entertaining rather than educating.

Positive messages

Attempts at promoting positive messages related to social behavior
("It's not nice to brag," for instance) come across as an afterthought amid the cartoon chaos. Body humor (mostly gas) is a common source of humor. The show sometimes makes light of sensitive content; in one segment, for example, young kids are forced to labor in the belly of a mechanical whale before being shot out of a cannon.

Positive role models

Young Flapjack idolizes Captain K'Nuckles, who isn't a very good role model -- he exaggerates his own
grandeur and is often at odds with the much more nurturing, motherly Bubbie over
what's appropriate for Flapjack.

Violence & scariness

Standard cartoon violence -- extensive falls, collisions, and hand-to-hand battles -- none of which results in injury. Firepower includes guns (they're fired to signal the start of a race and aren't aimed at anyone) and cannons, which in at least one scene are used to fire kids at an opponent.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

No cursing, but words like "stupid" are used infrequently.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink candy out of beer mugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is filled with standard cartoon violence like extensive falls, collisions, and fistfights. Occasionally, there's also unrealistic use of firepower; in one scene, a cannon fires children instead of cannonballs (the kids emerge unscathed). Flapjack's adoration of Captain K'Nuckles is disturbing since the captain is selfish, dishonest, and unkind and routinely encourages Flapjack to ignore Bubbie's motherly advice. The series does attempt to convey positive messages about good social behavior, but the lessons are typically overshadowed by the rest of the content and the show's chaotic pace.

What's the story?

Flapjack (voiced by Thurop Van Orman) is a young boy with an oversized thirst for adventure. Raised at sea by gentle talking whale Bubbie (Roz Ryan) -- whose cavernous insides provide a cozy home for her adopted son -- Flapjack's eyes are opened when he meets an old pirate named Captain K'Nuckles (Brian Doyle-Murray), who fills his head with exaggerated tales of his exciting experiences at sea. Now Flapjack's blind adoration sets him adrift with the crooked captain in one sticky situation after another, despite the fact that Bubbie -- and everyone else in Stormalong Harbor -- sees K'Nuckles for the dishonest scoundrel he truly is.

Is it any good?


On the surface, there's nothing overtly worrying about THE MARVELOUS MISADVENTURES OF FLAPJACK, but there are some underlying issues that parents may take issue with. Poor Flapjack is caught in the middle between two adults -- both of whom he loves and admires for different reasons -- who bombard him with conflicting ideas of what it means to be a good, upstanding person. Bubbie tries her best to teach him that charity and friendship can solve any conflict, but it's usually Captain K'Nuckles' irresponsible quest for mischief that wins out.

There's also a fair amount of standard fare cartoon violence (fistfights, crashes, that sort of thing) and some use of guns and cannons, but the fact that no one is ever hurt just underlines the show's improbability. Precious little about this series is relatable to real life, and even attempts to include positive lessons are lost amid its chaotic pace. Though the target audience of young tweens -- especially boys -- might have fun with Flapjack's adventures, in the end they'd be better served by a show with a little more substance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models. How does the media affect our views of model behavior? Do you think famous people are held to a different set of standards than the rest of us are? Is that fair?

  • Who are some of your role models? What characteristics do you admire in

  • them? How would you feel if someone you looked up to did something

  • wrong?

TV details

Cast:Brian Doyle-Murray, Roz Ryan, Thurop Van Orman
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Ocean creatures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAwesome_O September 25, 2010

Awesome, but dark.

This show is pretty awesome in a teen's opinion, but the show may be too dark for what Common Sense Media is saying it is targeted for. I'd say a tween audience would be good.
Parent Written byrogdigity June 19, 2011

not for young kids or sissys

On par with a rob zombie music video. Promotes glutinous candy and syrup intoxication. Some images would likely give a kid a good scare. Not exactly educational in the least. This show would be great for adult swim. That being said, I loved the show. Very good if you are of an age old enough to appreciate the show for what II is, watch it. This show is hilarious!
Adult Written byskofabordello December 18, 2008

Best thing ever!!!!!

I love flapjack! My friends love flaplack! my niece and nephews love flapjack. It's not violent., its cute and light hearted! Only Nazi's dont like flapjack and call it Inappropriate!!! FLAPJACK RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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