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Parents need to know that Apple & Onion is a cartoon buddy comedy set in a world populated by anthropomorphic food items. The stories -- about naive friends Apple (voiced by George Gendi) and Onion (Richard Ayoade) -- offer themes of friendship as they follow the pair through the process of meeting new characters and settling into their life in a big city. The plot is simple enough, but what really entertains is the show's play on food qualities, matching personalities to physical characteristics of everything from pepperoni sticks and hamburgers to fruits and vegetables. An appealing animation style rounds out this pleasant show.
What's the story?
APPLE & ONION tells the adventures of two newly minted best friends who are acclimating to their home in the big city and befriending its residents, all of whom are anthropomorphic pieces of food. Outgoing Apple's (voiced by George Gendi) enthusiasm inspires him to embrace new experiences without reservation, but well-mannered Onion (Richard Ayoade) is a little slower to jump into new things with both feet. Together these pals help each other find their way in their new home.
Is it any good?
This unassuming series surprises with its charming characters and funny scenarios that test the naive friends' resolve. Similar in style to other George Gendi creations like The Amazing World of Gumball and Sanjay and Craig, Apple & Onion is a buddy comedy about two likable misfits just trying to find their place in a big world filled with colorful characters. The fact that they're walking, talking foodstuffs is not as hokey as you might guess, and the show has fun adding human features to the likes of greasy bacon, pepperoni sticks, soda cans, and gobs of chewing gum stuck to the ground.
While Apple and Onion could hardly be considered strong role models, their determination to overcome every obstacle and embrace every opportunity has some positive reminders for kids. Their optimism, a byproduct of their innocence and naivety, keeps them smiling through every adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about trying new things. Are your kids open to new experiences, or do they hesitate? How does having someone with them help steel their courage? What are the benefits to stepping outside your comfort zone?
How do the characteristics of actual food play into the humor of Apple & Onion? Why is anthropomorphic humor so much fun? What are some of your other favorite movies and shows that put human features on inanimate objects?
Kids: When it comes to choosing something for your screen time, what are your go-to shows? What positive character strengths stand out to you in your favorite characters? How do Apple and Onion work together to explore their new world?
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