What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Breadwinners is filled with colorful characters and bizarre predicaments kids will like, as well as an extensive amount of chaos and pervasive potty humor that parents might not. The main characters talk and joke about their butts repeatedly, and they can "level up" their rumps to use them as weapons, throwing punches at their enemies with their plump cheeks. Farting also is popular and the source of many laughs. Expect some mild racial stereotypes in the characters' appearances and dialogue, which aren't meant to be offensive, and a fair amount of cartoon-style peril. The bottom line? This imaginative show has plenty of sights and sounds that kids will enjoy, but if you're looking for some substance in their entertainment, you won't find it here.
What's the story?
BREADWINNERS follows the misadventures of best friends and business partners SwaySway (voiced by Robbie Daymond) and Buhdeuce (Eric Bauza), who traverse their planet Pondgea delivering pipin' hot bread from the back of their flying Rocket Van. There's nothing mundane about these ducks' daily route, and with their big personalities and zest for life, there's no telling where their travels will take them or what mishaps might befall them. Fortunately they can "level up" to knock their way out of any sticky situation, and they have a righteous mentor in The Bread Maker, who's always ready with some advice -- and a fresh loaf -- if ever his biggest fans need it.
Is it any good?
Breadwinners relies heavily on wedgie and flatulence jokes to maintain kids' attention through 30 minutes of generally bizarre plots and a parade of strange characters. There's some merit to the dynamic duo's friendship and the fact that neither leaves the other out to dry in any of their mishaps, but this kind of content seems more a lucky byproduct than the intended message of a show in which silliness and physical comedy rule supreme.
One thing the show does have going for it is a wealth of funny bread-related puns, from delivering a "pumperknuckle punch" to a bad guy to saying goodbye with a resounding, "Hasta la yeasta!" Unlike a well-worn poop joke, these never get old, but then again, they're not likely to strike the same chord of hilarity with your kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about this show's intention. Is there a message of any kind to be found in this story? Does any of it reflect reality? Does entertainment always have to teach you something to be worthwhile?
Kids: Do you find the show's bathroom humor funny? Could it be offensive to anyone? Is it difficult to draw the line between content that's comical and content that goes a little too far?
Where do you think this show's creators came up with the idea for these characters? Kids: If you designed a show, what would its characters be like? What adventures would they have?