Nutri Ventures

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Food-themed adventure series promotes healthy eating habits.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

The show teaches the concept of food diversity and underscores the importance of eating a balanced diet. Kids see how each food group helps their bodies thrive, and other general advice reminds them to do things like drink plenty of water and stay active. Color-coded kingdoms help kids visualize the concept of food diversity and make it easy to categorize the foods they eat. Diet pitfalls like fatty and sugary foods are incorporated as traps that inhibit the characters' progress and sap their energy. 

Positive Messages

Kids learn the value of nutritional diversity by way of the show's creative storyline that takes them through different food group-themed kingdoms. In each one, they must fight to regain access to the foods there in an effort to return a well-rounded diet to the people of Grandland. In so doing, they also help improve the lives of the people they meet in each kingdom. The show features an even ratio of boys to girls in the group of protagonists, but there is some very mild stereotyping in the illustrations of various world cultures. In the Yellow Kingdom, for instance, the people who produce rice and grains have slanted eyes and speak with heavy Asian accents.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Theo and his friends stand up to the oppressive forces of Alex Grand, who withholds healthy food to keep the masses in line. They battle adversity and some heavy-hitters on their quest to return nutritional diversity to their home. Along the way, they must use self-control and forego temptations like sugary snacks to achieve their goal. They're mentored by older, wiser characters called Guardians. On the downside, the main characters offer no ethnic diversity.

Violence & Scariness

Some scenes show brief physical exchanges with hitting, slapping, and people being thrown out of windows. No blood or death, though.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nutri Ventures teaches kids about good nutrition and food diversity through an engaging, adventurous story about kids on a quest to return healthy eating habits to their homeland. As the characters visit color-coded, food group-themed kingdoms, they learn how each different category helps their bodies stay strong and healthy. They also must fight the clutches of eating habits that have the opposite effect, including junk foods of all kinds. Deeper themes touch on issues like governmental oppression (Grandland's tyrannical leader keeps the population under control by cutting off their access to healthy foods and rationing a nutritional supplement of his own design) and caste systems. Some scenes show physical struggles that include hitting, slapping, and other mild violence, but there are no visible injuries. Ultimately this series boasts an exciting story, positive heroes, and a wealth of educational value in its "nutritional" content. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byAmburshelton August 27, 2015

Propaganda...

Our first impressions are it's a weird and racist show. Not because it's so obviously "not American made"... but our problem is with the min... Continue reading
Parent Written bylbjay March 13, 2016

Crossed the blurry line of cartoon violence

Yet another foreign language toon with a layer of uninspired English dubbing added for Netflix distribution. This one started out merely annoying, but 5m or so... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2014

awesome but frightning

1 of parts contains pure witchcraft when in the orange kingdom, because they use magic. also its owned by hulu. good but scary for some kids!!
Teen, 15 years old Written bysammyds1228Yo June 7, 2016

It's probably the worst food show I've ever watched.

This show is so bland, has bad voice acting and has nothing memorable about it except the theme song that is awesome.

What's the story?

NUTRI VENTURES chronicles the adventures of a group of kids who embark on a mission to locate the sources of the various food groups and return them to the nutritionally deprived city of Grandland. Years ago, Grandland's leader, Alex Grand, rounded up all of the city's food supply and hid it away, replacing it with a supplement called Genex 100 that he distributes to the average population. But when Theo discovers that food still exists and realizes its benefits to people's health, he sets out with his friends, Ben and Lena, and his sister, Nina, to locate the various Food Kingdoms and retrieve each nutritional group for Grandland. He's guided on his mission by his grandfather, who recognizes him as the young hero foretold years ago to save the city, and by Nexus, a wise guardian who long ago helped safeguard the secret of food diversity.

Is it any good?

This series takes the arguably mundane topic of food pyramids and plate ratios and imbeds it in an engrossing adventure that will captivate kids. Theo and his friends face a smorgasbord of dangers and villains as they travel from one Food Kingdom to the next, from oppressive slave drivers who take the cream of the crop for themselves to the cunning Candyman, who uses sugar to dull the senses of everyone around him. All the while the kids must outsmart Alex Grand and his forces, who face certain upheaval if Theo achieves his goal and empowers Grandland's population with the health benefits -- called "Nutri-powers" -- of well-rounded nutrition.

Kids will have so much fun watching the characters' adventures that they won't realize they're learning at the same time, but it's impossible not to absorb much of what the show teaches about food groups and their specific contributions to overall good health. Even so, there's much more to Nutri Ventures than just nutritional tips. Theo and his friends are excellent models of courage and teamwork, and they respect the advice of their older, wiser mentors. What's more, even though there's a lot of levity to the show's content, the ongoing struggle against oppressive injustice wrought by a group's control over a food supply is a serious theme that's revisited time and again. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nutri Ventures encourages healthy diets. Why is it important to eat a variety of foods? How does each different kind of food help your body in a different way? How do you feel when you eat less healthy food? 

  • What other factors are important in staying healthy? How does exercise fit in? Sleep habits? Screen time? How do your household rules about these things reflect their importance? 

  • Families can use this show to inspire meal planning and preparation. Kids: What are some of your favorite meals? What food groups do they incorporate? What should you add to them to balance your plate? Have your kids help you prepare the meal, and discuss portions as you eat it together as a family. 

  • How do the characters in Nutri Ventures demonstrate self-control? Why is this an important character strength?

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