“Slacker Cats” shake up Disney image

August 8, 2007

ABC Family Channel, owned by the Walt Disney Co, is playing against type in a press kit to promote its edgy new animated series, “Slacker Cats.”

Disney, which is famous for its immaculate presentations of its G-rated products, sent out a booklet describing the new show with an apparent coffee stain on the cover and containing the un-Disney-like phrase “half-assed” to describe the antics of the two feline main characters.

The pilot, created by “The Book of Bunny Suicides” cartoonist Andy Riley and “Little Britain” writer Kevin Cecil, makes reference to faking purrs, mind-altering drugs, “kitty” porn and credit card theft, in the first 15 minutes.

ABC Family has scheduled the launch of its “outrageous and decidedly grown up” foray into animation waaaayyy past kids’ bedtimes — at 10 p.m. Aug. 13.

(By Gina Keating in Los Angeles)

Comments

Nice rundown!

I’ve heard a bit about this show and am definitely looking forward to checking it out. I think it’s cool that they’re expanding their content, especially for those of us without “kids” or our own families!!

Looks like it’ll be fun…

Posted by Billy | Report as abusive
 

I’m sure the show is hillarious.

However I have 2 major issues:

1) They are showing the commercials for it all day long – when kids are more than likely to be watching!!!

2) That show is far worse than some things mentioned in movies they show (Grease, Legally Blonde.) They edit those things out – even things not that bad – but they can have a show on with lots of cursing, talk about sex etc…and show those ads in the middle of the day?????

It’s bad enough they are showing shows such as Greek which promotes frats and sororities on campus. EVERYONE knows what they do, and many don’t approve of it.

I thought this was supposed to be a channel that FAMILIES can watch together!!!!

Posted by Stacey H S | Report as abusive
 

I agree with Stacey. I have major problems with commercials showing during daytime hours. When I first saw the commercials, I almost died. I told a friend about this “show” and she was convinced I was watching the wrong channel and that it must have been on adult swim cartoon network. I am appalled at this new endeavor and completely at a loss of what this will do to our future generations. I strongly urge ABC Family and Disney to reconsider the material they create. ABC Family is no longer a channel I will allow my children to watch.

Posted by Molly | Report as abusive
 

i think show will be fine for those of us who are old enough for this kind of stuff but defintely not families! so i must ask why is it being put on a family channel, i have a younger sister who is to young to watch that kind of show and she stays up til midnight or later watching abc family and channels such as that.

Posted by emily | Report as abusive
 

haha.
that show was so funny!
just watched it like 5 minutes ago.
now they are showing the same episode again.
i dont really like watching the same show right after the the first…
but seriously!
HILARIOUS!

 

I love the new direction, I’ve watched Little Britain a few times and, since watching the premier, have looked up The Book of Bunny Suicides. I can’t wait to see what else the cast has planned.

P.S. Don’t let the annoying soccer moms piss you off too much, just use their hatemail to line your litterbox.
-Ziggy

Posted by Ziggy Starbucks | Report as abusive
 

I really enjoyed the show slacker cats. The show was very funny and entertaining and a breath of fresh air. My girls are 10 and 12 yrs old and we laughed till our sides hurt. I will continue to watch abc family and so will my kids. If you dont want to watch it change the channel. LOL

 

AH THIS SHOW IS ALRIGHT WHEN I FIRST SAW THE COMMERCIAL TO IT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOIN’ BE CHEESY
AT FIRST BUT WHEN I SAW THE WHOLE THING IT IS MAD
FUNNY,BUT STILL IT’S ALRIGHT I DON’T THINK IT’S
GONNA LAST THAT LONG CUZ NOBODY HASN’T TALKED ABOUT ESPECIALLY THIS DUDE THAT I MET ON MONDAY
WHEN THE SHOW MADE IT’S DEBUT WHEN I WATCHED IT
I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHTING AND WHEN ME AND THIS GUY
WATCHED IT HE DIDN’T SAY A DAMN THING ABOUT AND IT
WAS LIKE I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO SAID SOMETHING ABOUT
SO FAR I LIKE THIS SHOW IT IS FUNNY EVERY MONDAY
NIGHT AT 9:OO I WILL DEFINALLLY WATCH THIS SHOW
“SLACKER CATS” I HOPE THIS SHOW STAYS ON CUZ IF NOT AND IT GETS CANCELLED I WILL BE DISSAPOINTED
AND I HOPE I GET TO WATCH ANY EPSIDOES ON MYSPACE
OR YOU TUBE,BUT IN THE MEANTIME I WILL CATCH IT
AGAIN NEXT WEEK WHEN IT COMES ON.

Posted by BABATUNJI BELL | Report as abusive
 

While I do agree with this being somewhat inappropriate for a “family channel”, I still do find what I saw of the first episode absolutely hilarious. I was expecting it to be along the lines of Family Guy, but was somewhat surprised in it being clean in comparison to many of the episodes from that series.

I suppose a family channel should be kept clean for families, but then again, the point lies in its 10 PM timeslot. Who will be watching other than those who are in the age group?
If there’s a problem, don’t let your kids stay up past 10. Or at least watch TV past 10 for that matter.

Posted by Sage | Report as abusive
 

I first saw the commercials for this show during the day and I was absolutely amazed at the language and demeanor. I didnt think it would be so bad for say the Fox network but for it to be playing on the ABC Family channel is crazy.

I see everyone saying its going to be on after 10PM. But here in Denver it’s been playing at 8PM, when I believe kids are not in bed yet. I dont have kids, but no way I would let them watch this until 14 years of age or higher. I would say some of the jokes are far worse than Family Guy in some respects.

Posted by Chuck | Report as abusive
 

this show is really funny! xD

I hope it lasts long, it’s just as good…actually better than family guy. Also how many kids watch Abc Family? The answer is NONE. ABC Family doesn’t show anything that appeals to young children except for maybe full house. kids watch Nickelodeon and cartoon network, not abc family.

Posted by Bring Back Old School Nickelodeon | Report as abusive
 

if anything u soccer moms should be mad at cartoon network for playing hardcore TV-MA anime on Cartoon Network via Adult Swim…

Posted by Bring Back Old School Nickelodeon | Report as abusive
 

This show is very funny. I saw it last night at midnight when I couldn’t sleep. The humor is definately adult, and I think kids will not get the risque adult references. It is on at 10PM and if parents don’t want their kids to watch they can block the show or make sure their kids are in bed by then. Parents need to monitor and take responsibility for what their kids watch. The TV is not a babysitter.

Posted by SRK | Report as abusive
 

I am really disappointed with ABC Family! This channel is suppose to be a family channel, and it is showing programs that would normally be on ABC. I would expect ABC Family to be similar to Disney Channel, except that maybe they could make family-oriented dramas, reality shows, sitcoms etc. The only reason I watch ABC Family is because they show reruns of old TV shows. I would not watch there original programing. ABC Family use to have original programing that was passable, such as Switched. Wildfire, Greek, Kyle XY, Slacker Cats, and Lincoln Heights should be on ABC! Any adult program that Disney creates, should be on ABC. Any children, teen, or family program that is not a Disney Channel show should be on this channel. In my mind, Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and ABC Family would be the family entertainment. ABC, SOAPnet, and ESPN would be for adult entertainment. But, nope! I hope they could switch the shows over to ABC and create more family-oriented programming!

 

I think this is great! I like where ABC Family is going with their programming. Soon we’ll have softcore porn after 12am. ‘ABC Family…an new kind of family.”

Posted by Dexter | Report as abusive
 

I think its the parents responsibility to block these shows if they dont want them to watch also its not as bad as WHose line,It’s full of bleeps and sexual enudendoes (sp?)

Posted by Spankie | Report as abusive
 

Hilarious show. Please keep up the great work ABC.

Posted by Naga | Report as abusive
 

I saw this for the first time tonight! OMG I am still LMAO… it was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time!!!!

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

This is a hilarious!! I love it and hope it is on for a very long time!!

Posted by Tex | Report as abusive
 

Love the show. My media center is set to record and I have every episode so far. The characters are classic, the story line is fresh. Hope the series is a long runner!

Posted by Sean | Report as abusive
 

Ive started watching Slacker Cats and it’s funny….The animation is also good.
I like the characters,especially Buckley and look forward to more episodes.

Posted by LimeLinux | Report as abusive
 

Slacker cats is a funny show. Probably the only show with any real humour left on anything from Disney.
ABC family was originally supposed to appeal to the 14+ group, and was to be called XYZ. This didn’t happen, because they were REQUIRED to keep the name “family” in the network.

It’s ABC family, not ABC kids. It’s hardly vulgar at ALL compared to what your kids will see in the real world.

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