Warren the Ape
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character in this comedy is a puppet who might be considered "cute" (if a little scraggly around the edges) ... until you realize that he's juggling multiple addictions to alcohol, sex, and drugs and has no real desire to change. Puppet characters can be verbally abusive to each other and use bleeped profanity (especially "f--k"), as well as audible insults like "dick" and "douchebag." They also appear in sexual situations with some scenes of blurred -- albeit non-human -- nudity.
What's the story?
In his own words, WARREN THE APE (voiced by series creator Dan Milano) used to be a "big star," a famous puppet who had it all. But he squandered it with sex, drugs, and alcohol, and now he's desperate for a comeback -- and a paycheck. Setting out on a reluctant journey to cleaner living, Warren recruits the services of real-life celebrity rehab specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, who steers him toward the appropriate self-help groups. Meanwhile, Warren's assistant (Josh Sussman) carts him around the city to auditions and appointments with his talent agent (Susan Berger).
Is it any good?
Fans of the short-lived adult puppet comedy Greg the Bunny -- which aired on Fox in 2002 -- will know exactly who Warren is. (In fact, they'd be able to tell you that his full name is Warren "The Ape" Demontague and that he's a veteran stage actor who's often forced to play second banana to much cuter characters.) But others might not see the humor in his penchant for potty talk, porn, and odd headgear (is it a swimming cap or part of a wrestling uniform?) -- particularly because he's a puppet. And puppets aren't supposed to say "f--k."
For adults who get the show's sharp satire of fame and celebrity, however, Warren the Ape dishes up some devilish laughs, along with celebrity cameos from the likes of Seth Green and Sarah Silverman. As for his puppet co-stars, Warren's ongoing rivalry with Snuggle Bear lookalike Chauncey the Bear is also ripe with comedic possibilities -- but it would be even better if Greg's Sesame Street-inspired Count Blah swooped in for a visit.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about satire and how it works as a comic tool. What types of shows is this series making fun of? Do the writers and performers ever take the joke too far?
What is the show saying about fame and celebrity? Did Warren cause his own problems, or were they brought about by overexposure in the media? Is it possible to leverage fame for positive purposes?