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Trollz

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Vapid kids' cartoon is trolling for toy buyers.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

These Trollz are very shallow and materialistic; they're shopping- and boy-obsessed. But they do place a high value on friendship.

Violence

The Trollz battle their nemesis, Simon, with magic gems.

Sex

The girls sometimes wear skimpy outfits.

Language

"Butt," plus negative words like "loser" and "jerk."

Consumerism

The series serves as a vehicle for selling Trollz toys, plain and simple.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the main characters of this vapid cartoon series are five teenage girl trolls who spend most of their time battling evil and obsessing about boy trolls. There are few, if any, positive social messages here, with the exception of valuing friendship. Negative words like "dumb" and "loser" are use frequently.

What's the story?

Set in a magical-yet-contemporary world of fairy-tale creatures, TROLLZ follows the adventures of five teenage troll girls. Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire, Topaz, and Onyx are the BFFL crew (Best Friends for Life). They spend their days in Trollzopolis hanging out at the mall and "kicking evil butt" with their magical Troll Gems. Their nemesis, Simon (a gremlin), wants to capture the BFFL's magic powers so that he can take over Trollzopolis. Battles ensue, but not before the gals deal with their own teen challenges, including crushes, pimples, popularity, and, oh yeah -- school.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's difficult to find any redeeming qualities in Trollz. Not only does it seem to exist purely to market a toy line, but it also lacks any educational or meaningful substance. Outside of maintaining their friendship, the only real concerns these Trollz have are hanging out, shopping, and obsessing over boys. Their language is also noticeably negative. Peppered among all of the slang are a lot of words like "loser" and "freak."

Even though it's not violent or scary, Trollz, like Bratz, isn't recommended for kids under 8. It's obviously targeting young children's natural aspirations to be older, then "fulfilling" that desire through shallow teen characters who only exist to sell products.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the series' agenda is. Since the whole show is based on a toy line, this might be a good opportunity for parents to educate their kids about how some series are pretty much just product marketing vehicles. What is this show trying to suggest to viewers? What methods are they using to sell their products? How does this program compare to other kids' shows?

TV details

Premiere date:October 1, 2004
Cast:Alexandra Carter, Jesse Moss, Mike Antonakos
Network:UPN
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySilverSnake September 11, 2010

Why does everyone hate it?

Geeze, I didn't know this show was bad enough for even common sense media to put it as OFF, I've seen MUCH worse shows that are still in the green zone. I think its cute and I personally like the show, I highly doubt it would affect a child at all, its not that horrible. Although I'd suggest clothes that aren't tang-tops and mini skirts, but nothing is revealing, what is there to reveal? They're pretty much flatchested.
Kid, 0 years old July 4, 2010

Parents need to know

Parents need to know that this have forgotton a TV-PG rating, it features it's not TV-Y7 or TV-G, which CSM doesn't recommend for kids under 9. 18 is ok.
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios August 30, 2010

off- under 9 iffy- 9-18 on- 19 and older

UPN is where to watch this show
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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