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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pumpkin Reports is an animated series about two aliens who pose as children and plot ways to take over Earth. Both look every inch the innocent adopted siblings of Max, who's wise to their deception. They try to fit in, but their otherworldly heritage makes it hard to understand human behavior, usually to their temporary downfall. This series puts kids in charge since the grown-ups refuse to see the aliens' true intentions, leaving Max and friends on the front line of defense. Even so, it's a lively series with vibrant animation, only mild cartoon violence, and an unusual insight into human emotions through the highly logical aliens.
What's the story?
When Max Green (voiced by Shannon Conley) discovers that his newly adopted brother and sister are aliens on a mission to conquer Earth and its people in PUMPKIN REPORTS, he finds others reluctant to believe the news. As Teresa (Onalea Gilbertson) and Goliath (Pietro Ubaldi) scheme to lure humans into complacency to take over, Max turns to his friends -- Violet (Stephanie Pam Roberts), Pixel (Dylan Jones), and Simon Sillicon (Matt Ban) -- for help in saving the planet from the aliens' devious plans.
Is it any good?
In a world where grownups don't listen, this lighthearted series suggests that kids would do just fine taking matters into their own hands. At least, that's what happens here in Cucurtown when Max, fed up with adults not listening to him, joins up with three other kids to head off the aliens at every turn. For every plot of Teresa's, Max and company devise a solution that keeps them one step ahead and on track to save the world every other day.
The aliens' creative schemes are fun to watch evolve, but what's even more entertaining are the ways Teresa uses human behavior to plot the world's downfall. Whether it's honing in on the nuances of love or manipulating people's reliance on white lies to maintain happy relationships, this forward thinker always has an idea in the tank to turn humans' most basic habits against them. Pumpkin Reports is a comical insight into the human psyche along with being genuinely fun to watch the intellectual tug of war between Teresa and archrival, Max.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the aliens deceive their human hosts in Pumpkin Reports. Are their disguises enough to mask their true identities? Have you ever been deceived by the way someone looks?
Teresa and Goliath don't understand human emotion. Are there times when you can relate to their confusion? How do emotions complicate relationships with friends and family? On the other hand, why is our ability to empathize important to how we relate to others?
Why are adults so willingly ignorant to the aliens' schemes while Max and his friends see the truth? Do you ever feel that grown-ups disregard your opinions because you're a kid? On the other hand, why is it important to recognize adults' authority in many situations?
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