Tickle U



A block of short cartoons, some good, some weird.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Tie-ins surrounding the shows appear educational but are really advertisements for cartoon network

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is no objectionable material in these shows per se but that they are being surrounded by commercial tie-ins for Cartoon Network, the bi-product of which is that the show encourages TV watching in our youngest children. These tie-ins argue that the show "develops humor" but really, it's sophisticated brand extension. While some of the cartoons are fun, some are dull, and some are weird, but there's nothing scary or violent.

What's the story?

TICKLE U is a block of programming for pre-K kids and their parents. There are seven shows, each about 10 to 15 minutes long, that rotate through the two-hour time slot. The overarching theme of the programs is to encourage a sense of humor and optimism, two qualities which most preschoolers already have in abundance, but a little more never hurt. The programs vary widely: There's Yoko Jakamoko Toko, about African animals; Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, about a little boy with a big imagination; Gerald McBoing Boing, about a boy who doesn't talk; and others.

Is it any good?


Tickle U is extremely silly, but the animation is lovely, and little kids will crack up at the animal antics. In addition to the shows, Tickle U has messages that appear at the bottom of the screen throughout, conveying useful information such as "Your child loves to tell a joke and hear you laugh" and "Optimistic people relate better to other people," along with helpful statements such as "You're a pre-K parent if you wish you had stock in pudding" and "You're a pre-K parent if you see the diaper as half empty." These messages can quickly become annoying, even more so if you child asks you to read each one as it appears on the screen.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of this show's themes: Why is it important to be yourself, tell the truth, or ask for help when you need it?

TV details

Cast:Ariel Winter, Tom Kenny
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Dinosaurs, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y

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Kid, 9 years old March 31, 2011


You're a Moron! HTFMime, Its Cute and Playful Darnit! CN THE GOOD STUFF IS GONE I feel sorry for HTF a brain that smalll
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byHTFMime November 19, 2010

Whoever made this show is not human!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

If you watch this, you are just watching baloney

I think this program is so dumb. Sure it may be GREAT for little kids, HOWEVER!!!! They say the jokes are so funny. - Buzzer sound - Proof? This how good their jokes are... Q: what is a crayon and it's blue? A: a blue crayon! Now how many times did you laugh at that? This show encourages baby, lame jokes...


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