A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Business majors won't learn much, but kids may grasp a lesson or two on business efficiency and workers' rights.
Christmas traditions that include all members of the family are most beloved. Bring love and joy to the world when you can. Be generous. Be flexible in your plans.
Positive Role Models
Boss Baby might be an infant, but he's teeming with business knowledge. His brother Tim is more altruistic, trying to help Santa get back on his feet. The adults in this show are engaged with their kids, even if they're a little clownish.
Violence & Scariness
Babies brawl in comic ways, but they can get pretty rowdy. Comic peril includes dropping babies, babies treated shabbily.
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Products & Purchases
Though no toys are mentioned by brand name, there's a glorification of getting plenty of stuff.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus is full of cartoon peril, but no one's injured. Crude humor includes fart and diaper jokes. A "naughty kid" embraces breaking the rules, enjoying his Christmas coal by roasting hot dogs over the fire he's made from it. The babies are dropped and can fight fiercely with each other. Character strengths include teamwork and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
This spin-off of The Boss Baby franchise has moderate peril and a dose of crude humor, but entertains with some clever laughs. Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus surprises with a sprinkling of political satire borne out of real labor-movement issues, while serving up funny characters like Dongle (Ray Chase), the elf with the Russian accent -- a foil to the capitalist Boss Baby, perhaps? Add a Gen Z character named Noth Pole (Ben Lepley), who resells Christmas list letters to Japanese buyers, and you've got some meat for adult viewers to sink their teeth into.
Kids who like the Boss Baby series will probably enjoy this Christmas series more than non-fans. There are definitely top-shelf holiday offerings to be had elsewhere, but in keeping with the Boss Baby's attitude, it's better to have some shelf space than none at all.
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