A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see Apple and Onion trying to assimilate in their town and among their peers, usually falling victim to their own naivety and literal thinking in a world of nuances. Even so, their counterparts are mostly patient and sympathetic, which helps the heroes find their niche and make friends. Some mild teasing at the characters' expense, but more noteworthy are the moments of understanding and emphasis on the importance of being yourself.
Positive Role Models
Apple and Onion are well-meaning and overly excitable, which usually gets them into some kind of trouble, but their unrelenting optimism can inspire as well as entertain. Other characters vary in their reactions to the pair; some try to avoid them, while others go out of their way to be kind and welcoming despite Apple's and Onion's oddities.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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.
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