A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this cartoon is full of ugly creatures, including what appears to be an elderly pineapple who lives in a salad bowl but is meant to be a mad genius. The characters spend most of their time yelling at each other. Yakkity Yak is left to find his own way home by his grandmother, who also force feeds him and mocks his fears and good instincts. There's some cartoon violence, of the smacking-upside-the-head variety.
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What's the story?
YAKKITY YAK relates the adventures of a teenage yak whose life dream is to be a comedian. His best friend is a hyper-intelligent kid with a pineapple for a head, and he lives with Granny Yak, who rents a room to a mad scientist with crazy hair who actually looks remarkably like a pineapple himself. Each 30-minute episode consists of two short segments, in which Yakkity tries to achieve something in the dumbest way possible, his friend Keo tries to rescue him, and both of them usually end up suffering for their schemes in one way or another. The day is never saved, and lessons are never learned.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's wrong to cheat, since cheating at various games and competitions is a regular part of the series. Probably the most interesting thing to discuss would be the absurdity of the surreal world depicted in the show, in which a yak and a kid with a pineapple head can be best friends. Can kids think of anything more surreal? What?
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