A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The show offers little in the way of meaningful content, but the relationship between Sharko and Marina is a sweet one that defies presumptions, given that a shark and a mermaid should be natural enemies. Some gender issues that might concern parents: the mermaid primps quite a bit and King Neptune is unrelenting in his attempts to woo her.
Positive Role Models
Sharko is the model of devotion to Marina, acting as her protector and her friend. Zig shows real perseverance through one failure after another, but his intentions are dubious.
Violence & Scariness
Exaggerated cartoon roughness rarely has a lasting effect. Characters walk away mostly unharmed from explosions, crashes, and a multitude of accidents. Sharko gives a pummeling to everyone who makes advances on Marina, whether to win her heart or to make her a meal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marina has supermodel curves and voluptuous hair and is often seen primping and posing, which attracts the attention of the sea king who tries to impress her with his own physique.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zig & Sharko is a silent animated series from France with a lot of cartoon-style violence -- explosions, crashes, extensive falls, etc. -- that's meant to be funny rather than fearful and never yields any consequences. The show centers on one character's persistent attempts at catching and eating his mermaid neighbor, all of which are foiled by the friendly neighborhood shark. Despite the plotline, the would-be victim is never in any real danger, so there's no sense of peril to the content. Kids will also notice the surprising relationship between the shark and the mermaid, which is a good reminder that what's on the inside is more important than what's on the outside when it comes to friendship. There are some gender issues that might concern parents, with the mermaid's constant primping and the sea king's flirting.
Is It Any Good?
Zig & Sharko takes a page out of Wile E. Coyote's playbook in revamping a classic cat-and-mouse relationship between its characters. Zig pulls out all the stops in his efforts to nab Marina for a meal, but no amount of extravagant disguises or mechanical wonders ever does the job, thanks to the timely interference of Marina's fiercest friend. Even so, it's light-hearted, slapstick comedy that's just plain fun to watch.
The show might have improved upon Marina's character by making her a bit more self-reliant in her own defense, but as it is, she seems blissfully oblivious to the onslaught of attempts on her life. Of course, this paves the way for Sharko's gallantry in protecting her, and their relationship is a testament to friendship that defies the odds. The bottom line? There's not a lot of substance to this cartoon, but there's little to worry about either, and its silent format is a fun departure from the norm.
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