A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Education isn't the goal of the show, but there are attempts to model and explain emotions that may resonate with young viewers.
Because the series is aimed at very young children, positive messages focus on basic concepts such as understanding feelings and relating positively to others.
Positive Role Models
Characters are defined clearly by basic personality traits that are generally positive, such as optimism or specific skills.
Products & Purchases
The series is connected to products manufactured by American Greetings, so there's a very strong association for kids between the show and products they may see in stores.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this harmless animated series is aimed squarely at very young children, to the extent that those older than 6 may find themselves quickly bored. There are only very general attempts at providing educational content or positive messaging for kids. With no violence or sexuality and little character conflict, the show is safe for even the youngest viewers, though parents concerned about product tie-ins might want to opt out (the series is connected to a line of items by American Greetings).
Is It Any Good?
If there's a televised equivalent for "empty calories," then Maryoku Yummy is exactly that. The show is harmless enough, and there's a mild attempt to provide educational content aimed at young kids, but mostly it's shapeless animated blobs interacting in shrill voices that will slowly climb into parents' brains and begin eating away at their grey matter. Which is to say, kids might like it.
There's a merchandising program rolling out from show creator American Greetings, which also created Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Maryoku Yummy's quality aims at about that level -- entertaining for children, if largely devoid of any redeeming value. With the high quality and educational content in many great childrens' series airing today, it's hard to recommend Maryoku Yummy as a strong choice for kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.