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 Pig Goat Banana Cricket's absurd comedy may confuse young kids who don't grasp the difference between fantasy and reality. The characters' world is a place where everyday objects come to life and bizarre things happen all the time, but it's also a place where a friend's constant rudeness or deception never takes a toll on a relationship. These mixed messages are better for older kids, as is the frequent gross-out humor (snot, nose-picking, farting, and poop) and name-calling ("jerk," "freak," "idiot," and the like). That said, there are some positive messages about friendship and seeing the best in other people.
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What's the story?
PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET is an animated series about four friends who live together in a bustling city filled with curious characters and inanimate objects that walk and talk. Each episode follows the friends -- naïve Pig (voiced by Matt Jones), artsy Goat (Candi Milo), caustic Banana (Tom Wilson), and maniacal Cricket (Paul Rugg) -- through their individual endeavors, which usually wind up blending into a larger, generally absurd joint adventure.
Is it any good?
Pig Goat Banana Cricket's content is utter nonsense, but, given its entertainment value, kids won't care. What they will see instead is a place where imagination rules the day and the laws of nature don't apply, where a talking shopping cart can become your new best friend and your guitar might suddenly start singing back to you. They'll also notice a friendship that somehow withstands vast personality differences and every bizarre circumstance that can be imagined.
On the other hand, the stories suggest that no amount of bad or misguided behavior will have anything but hilarious consequences. It's unlikely that many kids will mistake what they see as anything near real life, but it does invite discussion about the differences between what we see on the screen and how things work (and don't work) in the real world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a good friend. Why are the characters such good friends despite their many differences? What do your kids look for in friends? What responsibilities do friends have toward each other?
Kids: Did any features of the characters' world confuse you? Which, if any, would you like to experience yourself? Why is it fun to imagine the world differently from how it is?
Which of the characters was your kids' favorite? Can they learn anything from his or her experiences? Is it important to learn something from TV or movies? Who are some of their favorite characters in other shows?
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