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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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).
What's the story?
MARYOKU YUMMY takes place in the land of Nozomu, where wishes go to live and grow until they're ready to come true. The Yummy are wish-sitters who are in charge of watching over the wishes and nurturing them. Each Yummy has its own distinct approach to wish-sitting, and each wish needs its own special kind of attention before it begins to shimmer and float and is ready to be granted.
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.
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