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Mixed Nutz

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Thoughtful 'toon celebrates tolerance in kids' friendships.

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It's been likened to Peanuts with an multicultural flair, and the similarities between the classic cartoon and this one are striking. The dialogue-driven show feels a bit sluggish compared to more action-filled series that populate the line-up for tweens -- Mixed Nutz doesn't hook your attention at the start and pull you along for the ride; you have to work some to get to know the characters and come to appreciate their evolving relationships.

Mixed Nutz thoughtfully tackles the timely issue of multiculturalism that a lot of shows either oversimplify or overanalyze. It's refreshingly honest through the eyes of the kids (as when a classmate asks Sanjay if being from India is like cowboys and Indians) and through the experiences of their parents and other elders as the characters wrestle with generational and cultural disconnects. As such, it can jump-start valuable discussions between parents and kids about diversity, immigration, assimilation, and respect.

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