ABE Toons

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Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious but edgy animated shorts mix funny and iffy stuff.

Parents say

age 17+
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Kids say

age 17+
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Positive Messages

Kids might conclude from the site that underground animation is the straightest path to cartooning success, when in fact it's usually the G-rated stuff that sells the best. (Note that the site's own animation contest prohibits entries with sex or violence.)

Violence

Not all of the site's animated shorts are violent. However, more than a few feature significant carnage, ranging from the heavy comic-book-style fighting of Hellboy to Monty Pythonesque amputated limbs to shocking Itchy and Scratchy-like decapitations and spurting blood. Child abuse is hinted at and in one bizarre segment, a cartoon Adam Sandler gives another character an unwanted circumcision.

Sex

Sex is a frequent theme, especially in the space spoof Tripping the Rift, which features the gay planet Fabulous Heaven. Suggestive shadow puppetry with a sausage, mice having sex with hand puppets, bunnies reenacting Brokeback Mountain and brief full-frontal female nudity also make an appearance.

Language

Most of the harsh language occurs in The Pitch, a series of shorts in which a producer and various cartoon celebrities pepper their conversations with "Jesus Christ" and "motherf--king".  

Consumerism

Fairly ad heavy -- most pages have one or two flashing banners at the top, down the side or along the bottom -- with some adult themes. One dating site ad features a busty blonde. Most annoying: a persistent 15-second pop-out video ad for the Coraline DVD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not romanticized, but present. One of the few drug references is a naked woman on all fours with a strategically inserted hose who is smoking crack, literally.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as the site itself warns, ABE Toons contains some pretty twisted stuff. Some of the animated shorts collected here make Starz Media's best-known creation, The Simpsons, look like child's play. In fact, the least offensive cartoons, a series by animator Jennifer Shiman called 30-Second Bunnies, depicts sex scenes from Borat and decapitations from 30 Days of Night. Adult fans will find it hilarious. Kids will need an adult chaperone.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjustin bohannon October 19, 2009
It is alright but their is a bunch of things that 14 and 15 year old's should not see or here so I would say it would be alright if only 18 and up cause th... Continue reading

Is it any good?

If a cartoon site by the creators of The Simpsons sounds like a winner, it is. ABE Toons has something for everyone who likes their animation a little naughty. The extreme repetitious violence in shorts like Cat Bastard (in which a dog-hating feline slaughters innocent pooches) might wear on some. But helium-voiced bunnies frantically re-enacting movie classics like Alien (30-Second Bunnies)? Endless, brilliant fun. Another highlight: Tripping the Rift, a violent, hilarious space opera written by Saturday Night Live alums Sweeney and Laney.

Like Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, ABE Toons is backed by some impressive names in animation but isn't for kids. Unlike Cavalcade, ABE Toons actually entertains the adult audience it's aimed at.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Discuss why some cartoons are OK for kids to watch and others aren't. Once the sole province of kids, cartoons haven't been the same since Fritz the Cat sashayed onto the big screen in the seventies.

  • What does it take to have a career in animation? Not everyone can work for Pixar, but if kids have a work ethic as impressive as their talent they might have a shot at the big time.

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