Parents' Guide to

Yakkity Yak

By KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ugly, bizarre cartoon for grade schoolers and up.

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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

While I wouldn't call this completely dreadful, it is pretty generic

Alright, I'm gonna start this review by talking about the only legitimately good thing about it: the intro. I'm not sure where this one reviewer came from calling the song terrible because this is a really catchy song, and the visuals that accompany said song are surprisingly really good. It's actually well animated and fluid and energetic, so much so that I can't help but wonder why the rest of the show looks so cheap. Heck, it reminds me of the vast majority of old anime intros and how those clearly had more of a budget to them than the shows themselves. Unfortunately, the rest of it is just generic and forgettable. Outside of the animations for the show itself being really cheap, the characters are uninteresting and while the story lines can sometimes have interesting ideas, they either don't have enough time to tell them or don't take full advantage of them. But if I had to name the most disappointing thing about this show, it's that this is based off of a song that is essentially random nonsense. I'd think a show based off of that should embrace that kind of madness and go all the way, yet this tries to be pseudo slice-of-life with weird ideas that aren't fully utilized. Yes, the ideas for the characters themselves are odd. The main group consists of a yak, a humanoid pineapple and, for some reason, a regular human. There's a character who's literally just a head with arms and legs. There's a robot who goes to school with the main leads. These are all out-there kind of ideas, but the show never treats them as such. Instead, it just opts for standard life lessons and sometimes they'll throw in a dilemma that only a yak or a pineapple would ever deal with. If you're gonna base a show off of such a random song, the least you can do is give your show an approach similar to that of Ren and Stimpy. All in all, this show isn't awful. It's just painfully generic and doesn't make good use of its premise.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
age 5+

Nothing to recommend here!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

This cartoon isn't quite ironic, isn't quite clever, and isn't quite funny. It's not a storytelling cartoon, an adventure, or filled with Looney Tunes-style antics. It isn't really quite anything. But it is a mild although mindless program -- there's no excessive violence, no swearing, no sexual overtones. Call it starter junk TV.

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