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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
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.
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.