Cupcake and Dino -- General Services

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky 'toon mixes sweet themes with goofy adventures.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Fantastical show has fun with preposterous scenarios that have no relevance to the real world, through experiences of charming sibling duo Cupcake and Dino. Their contradictory personalities complement each other, and their relationship reminds viewers that you don't have to be exactly like someone to like them. There's a lot of diversity among Big City's residents (animals, humans, food items, etc., all live together). Strong themes of friendship, kindness, embracing one's unique qualities.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cupcake seems driven by a need to prove himself as something other than the sweet persona everyone sees, but deep down he can be a real softy. He genuinely cares for his more optimistic and trusting brother, and Dino's gentle nature makes him everyone's friend. Some stories involve villains of sorts, but none mean the town any real harm.

Violence & Scariness

Oversized monsters are more comical than they are scary, but there are some brief moments of mild peril, as when a giant mustache ensnares multiple characters and holds them captive. Other peril includes long falls and minor bumps.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Occasional insults like "jerk" and "baby lips."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cupcake and Dino -- General Services is a quirky animated series about the hilarious experiences of a mismatched sibling pair that does odd jobs around their nonsensical hometown. Like Adventure Time, this series plays on the unexpected for laughs -- characters that look like pool toys and food items, tiny characters with oversized personalities, and absurd story plots -- and it blends animation styles in appealing ways. Unusual monster types appear at times (an oversized mustache that threatens the town, for instance), and there are moments of mild peril, but overall the content isn't threatening. Expect occasional insults ("jerks," "baby lips") and an uneven but ultimately loyal relationship between naïve Dino and his calculating brother, Cupcake. With some help, kids can find themes of self-confidence, friendship, and kindness in many of the lighthearted stories.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byTwincitiesdrywall4 May 16, 2019

Great quirky fun for kids of all ages

I am very picky about what I let the kids watch and this one passes the test. It's good clean humor without the underlying adult jokes that are that make... Continue reading
Adult Written byArts-and-Sciences January 19, 2019

Smart and well-written jokes!

My son stumbled up this show using his regular random Netflix clicking, and I must say, the dialogue is very thoughtful and the story-telling is refreshingly cr... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 24, 2020

Creative Cartoon About Two Opposites.

Cupcake and Dino are great if you're younger than seven you might not understand the jokes and plot, or you might do idk. Anyway, great Netflix original!
Kid, 11 years old June 15, 2020

OMG

I love it so much! I have watch every single episode and I love them all!
Great show ! The show has taught me to never give up and to try my best.

What's the story?

In CUPCAKE AND DINO -- GENERAL SERVICES, two brothers do odd jobs in and around their hometown in a quest to corner the market on the general services industry. Diminutive Cupcake (voiced by Justin Collette) is the brains of the operation, a schemer with big ideas and an even bigger inferiority complex. His brother, Dino (Mark Little), has a sunny and optimistic nature that counters his brother's severity and brings joy to everyone around him. Together these siblings set out to help their neighbors and make a name for themselves in a bustling city of quirky residents and unusual happenings.

Is it any good?

Add to the growing niche of oddball cartoons this delightful buddy comedy about mismatched brothers whose differences never define them. On paper, Cupcake and Dino have nothing in common -- they don't look alike, they definitely don't think alike, and their contradictory approaches to problem-solving mean they're rarely on the same wavelength even when they're working side by side. But what they lack in symmetry, they make up for in affection for each other, and it's this unexpected cohesion that makes Cupcake and Dino -- General Services a lot of fun to watch.

This show's titular characters are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the unusual sights of Big City, a place where each resident is a little quirkier than the next and it's par for the course to see a human, a hot dog, and a chicken visiting on a street corner. Cupcake and Dino's sense of humor matches the nonsensical visuals with slapstick, absurdity, and just a hint of adult-minded laughs. It's utter absurdity, of course, but the very appealing themes of friendship, individuality, and kindness more than make up for that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how what we see on TV shapes our view of the real world. Have you ever changed your mind about the way the world is or should be because of something you saw in a movie or TV show? How can entertainment inspire us to do good in the real world? Is it fair to compare the TV world and the real one? Why or why not?

  • What character strengths like compassion do you see in Cupcake and in Dino? Are both characters good role models? If so, is it for the same reasons or for different ones? How are sibling relationships more or less difficult than friendships? Are Cupcake and Dino brothers and friends? How can you tell?

  • Is there value in silly, light entertainment like Cupcake and Dino -- General Services? Do TV shows and movies always have to have an educational component to be worthwhile? Is it possible to learn just as much from characters who do things the wrong way as those who do things the right way?

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