TripTank

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Explicit, violent animated shorts are meant to shock.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show uses shockingly graphic content to entertain, and none of it has any consequence to speak of. The rapid-fire sequence of the shorts desensitizes viewers toward the ribald content as well. Expect to hear lots of farting, see plenty of vomiting, and witness all kinds of unsavory behavior throughout the show, including religious figures such as Jesus acting silly or gross.   

Positive role models

The stories make no attempt to present positive role models, as the show's humor is rooted in controversial and socially unacceptable behavior, which never yields realistic consequences.  

Violence

Gratuitous violence is only slightly lessened by the fact that it's in animation rather than live action. Human and animal characters are shot, crushed, impaled, and dismembered; broken body parts are shown bloody and mangled. In one scene, a man holds his severed head while his neck spurts blood; in another, a rabbit begs a fox for mercy as his broken body lies dying and the fox prepares to eat it. Murder, asphyxiation, suicide, fire, and other forms of violence are fair game. 

Sex

Few rules apply here, so expect to see everything from rats having sex to make-out sessions between people and animals. References to sodomy and incest ("Your father put his finger in you," a woman tells a man), pornography, orgies (a woman has sex with three aliens simultaneously; it's not shown, but the sounds are audible), and sexual fetishes (bondage, threesomes, fisting). If the scenes themselves aren't graphic, the language makes up for it, as when one character speaks to having put his genitalia in a toaster: "I made that toaster my bitch," he says.

Language

Just about everything goes. "S--t," "bitch," "Goddamn it," "Jesus," "hell," "ass," "son of a bitch," and "a--hole" are heard multiple times; "f--k" and all of its variations are bleeped. 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking and drinking are commonplace and widely accepted. Sometimes alcohol consumption relates to a character's drunken behavior, but other times it's just part of everyday behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TripTank is an animated series that relies on graphic violence, explicit sexual themes, and excessive strong language to entertain. In other words, it's definitely not for impressionable kids. The fact that characters are murdered in bloody fashion (with guns, by crushing and impaling) is meant to be funny, as are frequent scenes of dismemberment and other intentional violence. Sexuality is explored through issues such as bestiality, sodomy, and child abuse, all of which are presented in a comical fashion. Animals are shown engaging in the act itself, and people talk about everything from having sex with multiple partners to bedroom habits such as bondage and masochism. Expect pervasive language, too, such as "a--hole," "Goddamn it," "son of a bitch," and a long list of others, with only "f--k" warranting bleeps. 

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What's the story?

TRIPTANK is an anthological series of animated shorts that mixes singular and recurring characters from a variety of accomplished creators. Blending human and creature characters and featuring multiple animation styles, the shorts star the likes of a suicidal chicken who grapples with life's disappointments, killer bees who try to discern whether or not they're really homicidal, and an accident-prone fox who invents elaborate processes by which he can kill a meal. Each half-hour episode incorporates about a dozen of these brief skits in rapid-fire succession.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of messages explicit series such as this one send to viewers. Could any of the characters' behavior be considered responsible? Besides pure entertainment, is there a point to any of the content? 

  • How does this show's presentation of sexuality compare to what you know to be acceptable? To what extent does the media influence teens' impression of appropriate sexual behavior? Do you ever see examples of positive sexual themes in shows or movies you watch? 

  • Why do TV ratings exist? Do you think they do enough to educate viewers about the kind of content they can expect from a show? What else could (or should) be done in a case like this one to give parents a heads-up on what's coming on the show? 

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Adult Written bything20 June 3, 2014

So inappropriate

I watched the first episode, and I could tell after just eight minutes that it was not a good kids show. It's more than MA. It really should be an online sort of thing. It can be funny at parts, but the amount of drug usage, drinking, sex, and violence is a bit much. I'm a fan of horror themed stuff, so gorey stuff doesn't bother me a whole lot, but this show's violence and gore bad. Within less than ten minutes a talking rocket killed a bunch of kids, and the kept show a short segment called "Rat sex". It was way overboard on that. I have a strong feeling it won't last long. It's even worse than Robot Chicken, which is pretty bad but funny. Definitely not for kids, but they'll probably want to watch it anyway.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 8, 10, 12, and 15 year old Written bynot educated June 17, 2015

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!
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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