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 Pickle & Peanut is an animated series that draws on crudity and body humor to appeal to the tween demographic. The main characters are anthropomorphic pieces food who get into all kinds of testy predicaments of their own making. Expect to hear a lot about butts (and the noises they make) and many occasions for name-calling ("dungbag," "stupid," etc.). The show is too outlandish to be scary, since every aspect of every story is a joke in the making, but there are some oversized, somewhat menacing creatures and at least one character who's a bully.
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What's the story?
PICKLE AND PEANUT is a slice-of-life story of the titular best friends and their off-the-wall adventures. Peanut (voiced by Johnny Pemberton) is a natural leader, a real go-getter who's always making plans for the duo's next big adventure. Sadly, though, his excitement always overshadows any cautionary impulse he may have, and his fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants game plan leads to some outlandish scenarios. And then there's Pickle (Jon Heder), loyal to a fault but dim as a burnt-out bulb, whose attempts to help usually wind up complicating matters more than they improve the pair's lot.
Is it any good?
Crude, bizarre, yet oddly engrossing, this show's unique mixed-animation format complements its unpredictable, off-the-wall stories. The creators clearly hope to appeal to tween boys in particular with content that's playful, lacking consequence, and unapologetically brainless to watch. Their conversations are the stuff of snowballing fart quips and likening the goo-covered P & P to ghost wieners, so if that's not the kind of thing you want to hear your tweens repeat, you might think twice about giving Pickle & Peanut a nod.
Napoleon Dynamite fans will delight in Heder's work as the voice of Pickle, the perfect unhurried complement to Peanut's rapid-fire recklessness. Even with so much going on, from the pair's quirky antics to a supporting cast of increasingly odd characters (Pickle's friendly zit and a woman whose face is a foot, for instance), the show still manages to work in some decent sentiments about friendships that defy the odds. Ultimately this series is like dessert in your kids' diet -- it's OK now and then, but it's not going to give them anything to grow on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of a quirky show like this one. Is it a fun break from the norm in animated series? In what ways do the unusual animated styles help the appeal of this show?
Tweens: What do you think of this show's crude humor? Is that a comedy style you like? Was any of it over the top or inappropriate for kids your age? Was language an issue?
How important is a voice cast to a cartoon's success? What skills do this show's voice actors bring to the table?
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