Parents' Guide to

Kirby Buckets

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animation, live action, crude humor in entertaining show.

TV Disney XD Comedy 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

A Really Mature Series

This series may be intended for younger audiences, but when you delve deeper into the meaning of the show it becomes apparent that it is made for a much older audience. Kirby's older sister, Dawn, represents a nihilistic view of the world, constantly making the situation worse for her brother. Principal Mitchell constantly goes out of his way to target Kirby in school, getting him in trouble. Dave the Ripper's goal in life is to make life tough for other kids, pointing out flaws or mistake any chance he gets. The constant alludes to consumerism, sex, and inappropriate language is just abhorrent. It should not be in a show targeted to kids. Kirby talking to his animated creations is supposed to represent his loneliness, and how besides his only 2 friends, he has no one else to talk to, so he only imagine them.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (7):

Kirby Buckets takes style inspiration from the likes of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, blending animation and live-action characters enhanced by modern technological effects. The result is a vibrant, fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining visual treat sure to appeal to its target audience of grade-school boys. Kirby's animated friends -- whom only he and the viewers can see -- are a motley crew of the curious and bizarre, but that's just because they reflect the imagination of this particular demographic.

The series spends decidedly less effort on the complexity of its content than it does on enticing viewers with its unique look, though. The characters and their experiences are fairly superficial, and their adventures are more like something out of a comic book than they are relatable to real life, so there aren't any standout life lessons to be found here. Of course, none of that will matter to your kids, who will be too busy enjoying the ride to care about whether they're learning anything from Kirby and his pals.

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