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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Explicit, violent animated shorts are meant to shock.

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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Shocking, gory, sometimes funny

I have relatively mixed feelings about TripTank--I mean, listen. Ultra-violent animations are just as appealing to me as the next guy, but I watched the first few episodes of this and all I saw was gory absurdity masquerading as satire. However, I ended up pressing further through the episodes and found some animations I really enjoyed. I also think some respect is earned on the part of the creators--not only is animation a difficult and time-consuming process, but putting yourself out there and creating something truly graphic must be hard. So in short, is it good? Yes--some of it. In terms of age-appropriateness (other than the violence), there's pervasive language and strong sexual innuendos (masturbation, animated sex acts, references to sodomy, group sex, pornography, molestation). Not for kids--a guilty pleasure.
age 18+

it's like a mix of black dynamite and superjail!

Didn't I see the warden and the black guy appear? THEY'RE PYSCHOPATHS! ADULT SWIM!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Because TripTank is a medley of stories from a pool of creators who count the likes of Saturday Night Live, Brickleberry, and Breaking Bad among their resume highlights, it's impossible to know what to expect at the start of each short. Of course, that's by design, as much of the show's entertainment value relates to the stories' ability to shock viewers with their edginess. In other words, it's no accident when three aliens swindle an elderly woman into an orgy so their magical semen can heal her cancer. This is the kind of entertainment the show's creators have set out to cultivate, and the end result isn't without laughs, but it is decidedly above the threshold of what's acceptable for many teens.

To its credit, TripTank's breakneck pace and use of many animated styles keeps the show interesting, and it boasts a talented voice cast. Also, when it comes down to it, it's hard not to chuckle over some of the skits, racy or violent though they are. For adults looking to mix up their comedy intake, this edgy show might fill a niche, but you'll likely want to save it for long after your kids are in bed.

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