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.
Bunnicula tends to cause chaos for his friends, but he always comes around and helps them out of it in the end. Oblivious to his antics, Mina is Bunnicula's biggest fan, and reliable Chester usually winds up cleaning up the messes. Some moments show the characters setting aside their differences to work together for the common goal of making their owner happy.
Positive Role Models
Bunnicula mostly means well, but his mischievous streak leads him into trouble more often than not. Chester assumes an adult role in the messes since Mina is mostly oblivious to them.
Violence & Scariness
Many monsters and supernatural beings, including zombie fish, mummy monkeys, and a hybrid of a spider and a lamb. Some moments can be creepy, and some of the monsters look scary, but there's more humor than actual fright. Some hitting and other impact, but no lasting injuries.
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The show is based on a book by Deborah and James Howe.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bunnicula is a cartoon series based on the vampire-bunny star of a children's book by James Howe. Despite his fangs and batwing ears, Bunnicula is mostly harmless, but he does instigate all kinds of mischief for himself and his fellow furries, Harold the dog and Chester the cat. The show also presents many kinds of monsters and monster hybrids, but there's so much silliness in play that it's not a scary watch. Expect a lot of preposterous situations and trouble that never has any real consequences for the characters.
Is It Any Good?
This spirited series is a fun pick for parents and kids who want to break in slowly to the concept of the paranormal and scares in general. Yes, there are monsters of every variety, plus witchcraft, possession, and the occasional malevolent carnivorous plant, but the show is too lighthearted -- and the titular bunny too cute -- to spook anyone for real. Instead Bunnicula keeps you guessing with hilarious antics and an engaging cast of characters who somehow manage to remain friends after all their messes.
Like any book adaptation to reach a screen, Bunnicula offers families a chance to see how someone else interprets an author's work. In the case of this show, viewers who have read the book will notice some significant differences in this series, which invites comparative discussions and other follow-up conversations. And with such gentle content, it's a great pick for families with a range of kids' ages.
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