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Wild Grinders

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Skater crew's antics mix friendship, slang, stereotypes.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some good examples of friendships that cross racial lines.

Positive messages

Friendship and self-expression are common themes in this cartoon, and racial diversity is a natural byproduct of the story's urban setting. The characters do perpetuate some urban stereotypes through their manners of dress and speech (low-riding shorts and baggy shirts, an African-American kid sports two earrings and a large chain and pendant, and they use slang). Ultimately, though, they're just a close-knit group of kids who enjoy a pastime that keeps them active and, for the most part, out of trouble.

Positive role models

Adults are portrayed as out of touch and unsympathetic to kids' concerns, and the Grinders usually have an easy time badgering their way into getting what they want from the grown-ups. As for the kids, they embrace their own diversity and find common ground in a hobby that welcomes different skill levels. One character is a bully who uses his father's wealth and influence to antagonize the Grinders.

Violence & scariness

Skateboarding spills and schoolyard scuffles are minor. Some mild physical humor (boys step on people lying on the ground, for instance).

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

No cursing, but plenty of slang, name-calling, and other phrases parents might not want to hear from their kids: "pretty sick," "don't get your undies in a twist," "he who smelt it dealt it," "goobers," "hooligans," and "hamster biscuit" as an insult, for instance. Also expect some potty humor, like farting and such.

Consumerism

Nothing blatant within the show, but kids might take an interest in the show's creator, professional boarder Rob Dyrdek, and his multimillion-dollar brand name, which graces everything from clothing to reality TV. Some Wild Grinders toys are also available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WILD GRINDERS was created by pro skater Rob Dyrdek and centers on the urban skateboarding culture as it's portrayed by a group of friends who hang out at a local skate lot and get into all sorts of adventures and mishaps around their hometown. The show perpetuates some stereotypes surrounding this culture, including baggy-style dress, urban slang, and a lack of parental supervision, but it also has good things to say about how the kids' love of this pastime transcends racial divides. Expect some mild slang and schoolyard-style talk ("He who smelt it dealt it," for instance) that you might not like your kids saying. It's also worth noting that the kids have free roam of the Internet, where they post videos of themselves doing tricks and having other kinds of fun, so be sure to talk with them about your family's rules about Internet use.

What's the story?

WILD GRINDERS is a semi-autobiographical cartoon created by professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek that centers on skater kid Lil' Rob (voiced by Dyrdek) and his motley crew of friends and their escapades around their hometown of Sprawl City. Whether they're mastering moves at their favorite skate park, The Lot, or fending off the troubles brought on by neighborhood bully Stubford (Erin Fitzgerald), these kids are never short on adventure, and they find their greatest strength in a mutual love of skating and a common affection for each other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Immersed in the skating culture and set in the concrete jungle of a big city, Wild Grinders is inspired by Dyrdek's own experiences as a young skater and reflects the vast diversity among the avid hobbyists. The stories entice kids by embellishing an everyday endeavor like skating with wild spin, taking the kids to Internet fame or allowing them to practice their hobby in highly unusual places. The result is a fun and carefree show that doesn't exactly reflect most kids' concepts of reality but does have some good messages about friendship and respect nonetheless.

That said, this is a real know-your-kid situation. If your youngsters are easily influenced by what they see and hear on TV, then this might be one to pass over. The schoolyard-type setting encourages slang (no cursing, but some borderline choices like "That was sick!"), name-calling, and an array of phrases that you may not want to hear from your own kid. What's more, these street-wise kids often come across as disrespectful to grown-ups, and they have a knack for getting what they want from them, often by some fast talking or old-fashioned badgering. While it deserves some credit for reflecting some aspects of urban culture, these same qualities can have an undesirable effect on kids who don't know where to draw the line between what they see and what they do.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes in the media. What racial or geographical stereotypes exist in this show? Do they expose viewers to different places and ways of life? Are there any negative effects of these characterizations?

  • Kids: What differences exist between the characters in this show and those in other shows you watch? How does a person's environment help shape who they are? What aspects of your home and life influence you the most?

  • What are your family's rules about posting stuff online?

  • What are some of your favorite hobbies? What do you learn from your involvement in these activities? Do they expose you to different groups of people you might otherwise not have known?

TV details

Premiere date:April 27, 2012
Cast:Erin Fitzgerald, Kel Mitchell, Rob Dyrdek
Network:Nicktoons
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Parent Written byem2bill April 27, 2012

Wild Grinders - Skateboarding with Heart

Lil Rob as the main character is a good friend and has good values. Sometimes he is a bit misguided - but always comes around with respect and kindness to good people - and retiribution and tolerance for bad people. Teaches kids about friendship.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bySweetToothDinosaur April 18, 2015

Y'all Should Chill

Well, obviously I watch this show and I'm like 15. Even though most of the Reviews has reasons to why this show is "stupid," all those reasons don't affect the actual concept. I don't see how inappropriate the "language" is. Like, 4th graders are playing Black Ops and Call of Duty right now. So you're saying just because of some small bit of immaturity is a wrong message, but have a society that allows children under the age of 10 to play games meant for Adults? Anyways, I know the animation may not be at its best, but you ever heard of Cartoons? Hard work in drawing? That not everything should have to be perfect? Rob Dyrdek's pretty much like rich, dude. He wants the show to be animated like that on purpose. That's makes the show unique. As for the character designs, why don't you draw them yourselves? For years, I have tried to imitate that style, and it's more difficult than it seems. Also, the artist is left-handed and art is art. Along with that, these "stereotypes" are what Rob wants. He exactly mentions that he did this on purpose. From what I see, the cast has quite a good variety from each stereotyped character. For example, Jay Jay may seem to be the tough guy, but he's polite, a germaphobic, and wants to grow up to become a doctor. Or how Emo Crys wants to grow up to be an artist. Maybe there's a fact that if Rob Dyrdek dropped out of high school, then Lil' Rob will pretty much do the same. Any other kids shows that encourage kids to be themselves and decide who they want to be? Next, I'd like to mention that the cast is mainly consisted of boys, which is actually a good thing. Most shows shove in some girls for purposeful romances. This show doesn't dp this as much. Sure, sometimes they get attracted to girls, but these are middle school boys, what else did you expect? Either way, they seem to treat the females in this show quite respectively and they rarely make comments on "(etc.) like a girl!" Another thing to add, the female cast is quite strong, Lil' Rob's mother is a skateboarder herself. And here's something to consider, unlike most normal cartoons, Wild Grinders always supports variety and the reality of actual life. (Aside from the unrealistic ideas, but that's for the show's story). This show teaches kids they don't have to be with kids that are the same as them. That some endings aren't always happy, but funny. That it's okay to laugh and have fun. Overall, the concept and message is quite well done with its variety. Make Wild Grinders positive and doesn't leave terrible feelings afterwards. However, to make the animation in PSG Style would be quite fun to see.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 1, 2012

This show stinks!

The animation is horrid,the acting gives me headaches,ect.I WANT THIS CANCELLED NOW! Wild Grinders is messed up!

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