A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some explanation of basic art terms like scale, color, and composition.
Positive messages around teamwork, overcoming obstacles, and being a good sport.
Positive Role Models
Competitors are all good sports, don't engage in competition drama, and are highly skilled at their craft.
Host and judges have good racial and gender representation. Strong cultural diversity across competitors; some incorporate their heritage into the food sculptures they make. Positive examples of male/female teams working together and also all-female teams highlighting girl power. Focus is mostly on the sculptures and less on the competitors' personal identities, so identities are not discussed at length.
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Violence & Scariness
Each episode contains a dramatic storyline related to a Disney movie; some of these scenes include visible weapons that are not used in a threatening way. Some of the food sculptures show a fight scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fleeting references to finding characters physically attractive or wishing your physical appearance matched the on-screen characters.
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Some cursing-adjacent phrases like "oh my God" and "for the love of God" but no actually objectionable language.
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Products & Purchases
Each episode is heavily themed towards a Disney movie with extended visual and verbal references about that property.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Foodtastic is a competition series hosted by Keke Palmer where artists compete to build the best Disney-themed food sculpture. Each episode is heavily themed around a Disney, Marvel, Pixar, or Muppet movie and contains extended visual and verbal references to the property. Depending on which movie is being featured, the episode may include on-screen weapons not used in a threatening way, or some brief mentions of adventure and fighting. Otherwise, the content is very family-friendly as the competitors are all good sports, and there's no reality show drama.
Is It Any Good?
Disney fans will especially love seeing their favorite characters come to life in food form. While the artistry in the show is impressive in its own right, some of the episodes in Foodtastic may fall flat for kids who don't really care for parts of the Disney-verse like Star Wars or Marvel superheroes. Host Keke Palmer is a delight in both her official hosting duties and her silly dramatic scenes (which are entertainingly narrated by Jane the Virgin narrator Anthony Mendez). Since the giant sculptures are not judged on taste, one occasionally wonders why these artists have to go through the hassle of using food and don't just make sculptures out of other more suitable mediums. Slightly silly premise and extensive Disney mentions aside, Foodtastic is a fun family-friendly watch.
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