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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Channel Frederator is a YouTube channel that features commentary on popular cartoon TV series and movies. Created by the Channel Frederator Network, a network of independent cartoonists and artists, this YouTube channel calls itself "Cartoon Central of the Internet." Regular features on this channel include "Tooned Up" (including Then vs. Now cartoon series season comparisons), "Cartoon Conspiracy," and "Notification Squad," which takes viewers behind the scenes of the cartoon industry and the Channel Frederator Network.
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What's the story?
CHANNEL FREDERATOR is a YouTube channel that highlights and discusses various animated shows and the craft of animation overall. It includes video series such as "Cartoon Conspiracy" (The Brave Little Toaster is NOT for Kids: Cartoon Conspiracy); "Tooned Up" (107 Incredibles Facts You Should Know), and "Notification Squad" (What's the future of cartoons? feat. Fred Seibert).
Is it any good?
This YouTube channel is like hitting the jackpot for cartoon lovers. Channel Frederator is the perfect mix of silly commentary about popular cartoons and serious exploration of the creativity and skill required of cartoonists to create such great animated content. The commentators are committed to promoting the craft of animation. Some videos give tweens and teens who are interested in becoming animators good tips and inspiration. That said, there are some iffy-for-kids videos on this channel, but they're usually pretty clearly recognizable as such by their titles. As always, parents should take note of what their kids are watching on You Tube to make sure it's age appropriate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the interesting "behind the scenes" facts that Channel Frederator reveals about the making of cartoons. There's a lot of thought and work that go into cartoons!
Talk about fact versus opinion. What Channel Frederator commentators say is sometimes factual, but sometimes it's a personal take on what a certain scene in a cartoon might mean.
Encourage kids to find some possible deeper meanings in their own favorite cartoons. It can be fun to speculate on why the cartoonist chose the images and dialogue in a particular scene.
For kids who love animation
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