A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show draws on personality and racial stereotypes for much of its humor, casting an image-obsessed Hispanic girl, an athletic and egocentric African-American guy, and a ditzy blonde who craves the spotlight, among others. But age-appropriate viewers will see this content for the satire it intends. General crudity and bathroom humor -- like a guy wetting his pants -- is also fair game.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters can be labeled ("jock," "geek," "queen bee," etc.), but this overt stereotyping is integral to the satire's humor. Each participant is driven to win the contest at all costs, though some are more extreme in their greed -- and what it compels them to do -- than others.
Violence & Scariness
Life on the island is fraught with danger for the contestants, from facing off with laser-shooting mutant creatures to scaling heights to complete a challenge. Explosions, long falls, and traps of all kinds result in injuries like joint dislocations. Occasionally the contestants rough it up, but there's no lasting harm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and a developing romance between two characters. Most of the girls wear tight tops and pants, and a couple show some cleavage. Innuendo includes euphemisms for male genitalia like "kiwis," and there are references to "hooking up."
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No cursing, but frequent use of language like "butt," "stupid," and "crap," plus some name-calling like "loser."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like its predecessors, Total Drama Revenge of the Island is a cartoon that's not intended for young kids, thanks to the unabashed stereotyping of cast members and some negative examples of teamwork and competition. Because the cartoon parodies reality competitions like Survivor, viewers who aren't familiar with the format or typical contestant pools of these shows won't find this one as funny as those who are. Expect some crudity and potty humor (belching, wetting pants, etc.), mild sexuality (girls wear revealing tops and references to "hooking up"), and marginal language ("loser," "butt," "crap"), as well as plenty of death-defying stunts, explosions, and injuries over the course of the challenges.
Is It Any Good?
Total Drama Revenge of the Island takes good-natured jabs at reality competitions in general and the long-running father of them all, Survivor, in particular. Viewers familiar with Survivor's format will get the most out of this very funny parody, from the cheery host who revels in the contestants' discomfort to the motley crew of fame-seeking cooks willing to do just about anything for the almighty dollar. From the on-again, off-again alliances among the contestants to the tense elimination rounds (marked by the delivery of a toxic marshmallow and a catapult expulsion from the island, of course), you'll find plenty of laughs on this island getaway.
That said, the fact that this show is a cartoon makes it easy to overlook content that's not appropriate for young kids. The one-dimensional characters perpetuate all kinds of racial and personality stereotypes, including a self-absorbed African-American guy and a big-hipped Hispanic girl who's consumed with vanity. There's some bathroom humor, sexual references (talk of "hooking up" and some euphemisms for genitalia), and marginal language to contend with, plus frequent manipulation, sabotage, and bad examples of team dynamics. A good rule of thumb? If your kids are too young for the actual reality shows, then they probably shouldn't be watching this parody, either.
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