Channel Frederator

TV review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fascinating color commentary for cartoon superfans.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's more to cartoons than meets the eye; cartoonists work really hard to achieve the end-products of fun cartoons.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Commentators share the passion of cartoons and take their interest very seriously. A lot of the videos are very well-researched and offer deep analysis into the animation process. 


Mild cartoon violence.


Some sexual references (real or imagined) about some cartoons.


Inherently promotes all cartoon brands featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13. Please note that our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others, and we do our best to capture the overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGABRIEL P. January 16, 2019

Pretty Good!

Ok, I'm low on time here, so I'd better explain these stuff FAST.
This youtube channel is pretty good! This includes 107 facts about almost everything... Continue reading
Adult Written byRarityfan October 3, 2018

One of the best media reviews on Youtube

Back in my youth in the 1980's Denmark only had a few media reviewers like Troldspejlet for nerds, and Bogart for the mature crowd that had reviewed more n... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 3, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byEmmaReviewsStuff May 26, 2018

Not 100% kid friendly, but still a quality channel.

With a whopping almost 2 million subscribers under their belt, ChannelFrederator will definitely impress. With its down-to-earth hosts and engaging cartoon fac... Continue reading

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.

TV details

  • Premiere date: February 23, 2007
  • Network: YouTube Channel
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: February 11, 2020

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