A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some reminders about the importance of telling the truth and asking for help when it's needed.
The series juxtaposes characters who personify the best qualities and those who showcase the worst. In the Gumbles' world, cooperation, industriousness, and companionship are essential to happiness, but the Bottersnikes act on laziness and selfish behavior. There's no obvious fallout from their ways, but it's obvious that the Gumbles enjoy positive relationships and a generally happy existence compared to their neighbors' prevailing discontent. An additional theme is communication.
Positive Role Models
On the Gumbles' side, individual skills contribute to the whole, and there's always someone there to help you up when you stumble. Mistakes help them learn important lessons about living in a community. The Bottersnikes -- and their leader in particular -- never learn from their abrasive natures and don’t consider the benefits to working together, which consistently puts them at a disadvantage.
Violence & Scariness
Tumbles, falls, and other accidents, and the Gumbles sometimes inflict pain on the Bottersnikes (pulling their nose hairs, for instance).
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Some gross-out humor, including farting and boogers.
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This series is inspired by a series of children's books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bottersnikes & Gumbles is adapted from a classic Australian book series by S.A. Wakefield that follows the interactions of two very different sets of neighbors. The Gumbles represent everything that's good about living in harmony with others and the world around you; they're mindful of their impact on their environment, they share what they have, and, in turn, the land gives them what they need to live and play. In contrast, the Bottersnikes think only of themselves, hoarding their stuff in a junk pile, resisting friendships, and generally being unpleasant. There's some mild bathroom humor, mostly from the unappealing Bottersnikes (farting, boogers), and some moments of mischief, but all in all, this is a delightful series with strong messages about the value of mindfulness, community, and generous lifestyles.
Is It Any Good?
Brought to the small screen with spectacular animation, this adaptation of classic Australian books is engaging, funny, heartwarming, and cautionary in an age-appropriate manner. Just as the books are known for taking a creative stance on raising issues about environmental concerns, this series illustrates how two groups of creatures can have an opposing impact on their world. Gumbles, with their sense of community and their outward thinking, strive to keep their home a neat, clean, pleasant place to be, and it in turn provides them what they need. On the other hand, the selfish, lazy Bottersnikes think only of themselves and their needs, and they live among the ruins of that attitude. These simple themes are easy for kids to grasp and don't overcomplicate the stories.
Bottersnikes & Gumbles is also a true visual treat, embellishing in all the right ways illustrator Desmond Digby's work. The details stand out -- from the Gumbles' eclectic home decor to the Bottersnikes' bizarre features -- creating a series that's truly a joy to watch. The Snikes' grumpy natures might concern very young kids, but most will find a magical place where even the most unpleasant of neighbors can't dampen the Gumbles' joyful lifestyles.
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