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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kiff is an animated series about a squirrel and bunny best friend duo. While there's not much iffy content, it is intended for an audience more mature than preschoolers. There's some brief pushing and shoving and instances of characters expressing negative feelings toward each other. Other scenes include characters feeling mild sadness or fear. Kiff's best friend Barry's family includes a few teen siblings. Sometimes their negative teenager qualities are used as a foil to the more innocent intentions of Kiff (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) and Barry (Michael Croner). There are infrequent mild innuendo jokes (like laughing that a doctor's office is called a private practice). Otherwise, parents may enjoy watching this silly and quirky comedy alongside their kids.
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What's the Story?
KIFF follows the everyday adventures of squirrel Kiff and Barry, her best friend bunny. Kiff and Barry are kids in Table Town, a place full of offbeat animals and magical creatures. Kiff is an optimistic overachiever, and her gusto often leads to silly chaos. Barry is much more low-key and completely loyal to Kiff. Their lives revolve around issues that may go unnoticed by adults but that are super important to kids. In one such caper, Kiff is devastated when she has to stay home sick from school on the day she is supposed to have the ceremonial first sip from the school's new water fountain. She then spends the rest of the day trying to trick her gullible dad into letting her go to school. Amongst the silliness, the love between two friends shines through.
Is It Any Good?
Somehow this show about a squirrel and a bunny perfectly captures the inner lives of younger elementary-aged kids. Kiff is a fun show that caters to their fantastical imaginations and doesn't veer into big kid territory like crushes and popularity. Kiff has some Bluey vibes with its simultaneous imagination and real-life truisms. Where Bluey celebrates family bonds, Kiff pays loving tribute to childhood friendships. There's an original song and great backing music in each episode, and the visual style also feels fresh. Grown-ups will enjoy the adult jokes sprinkled throughout (like scenes that mimic 80's movie montages or the 24 series). The whole family can enjoy the quirky characters and the ridiculous situations they find themselves in.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Kiff and Barry's friendship. What are some nice things that Kiff and Barry do for each other? How do you show your friends that you care about them?
Did Kiff make any mistakes in today's stories? What did she do wrong? How did she fix her mistakes?
- Premiere date: March 10, 2023
- Cast: Kimiko Glenn, H Michael Croner, Gary Anthony Williams
- Networks: Disney Channel, Disney+
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 20, 2023
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