Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that young kids may not understand the difference between real and imaginary in this series. Potty humor and under-the-radar sexual references ("A bust this big needs ample support," in regards to a bust statue, for instance) crop up, and the main characters often yell and shout in frustration and are prone to breaking the rules.
What's the story?
FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS is just what old Mrs. Foster has turned her mansion into. When imaginary friends are cast aside by frustrated parents, they end up in this safe-house, where they can be visited by their "creator." This is a relief to young Mac, who visits his old pal Blooregard Q. Kazoo. Bloo was sent away by Mac's mom, who thought he was too old for an imaginary friend. But to Mac's delight, he makes fast friends with the eclectic bunch of monsters at Foster's Home and an escape from his scary older brother.
Is it any good?
The imaginary friends are an interesting and diverse bunch of characters, but they run around in a pack and contribute very little to the plot. The premise is sweet, but the content is nothing more than rough-and-tumble boys' games. Instead of following an imaginative storyline, the main characters yell and shout in frustration, buck the rules, and wrangle the innocent and vulnerable. It's hard not to wonder whether the creator dropped out of the project altogether, leaving it in the hands of less-capable writers. This series isn't meant for younger children, since it has confusing messages. Young kids may not understand what's real and what's imaginary.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about imaginary friends. Why do so many kids have them?
Kids: If you could create an imaginary friend, what would he/she look like? What kinds of things would he/she do?
What are the benefits/disadvantages of having an imaginary buddy?