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Parents need to know that Raven About Bunk'd is a crossover episode in which the cast of Raven's Home helps the cast of Bunk'd prepare for an event to help save Camp Kikiwaka. There's a strong emphasis on new friendships that are built on shared interests and a humorous focus on stereotypical camp pranks like snipe hunts and stink bombs. This crossover story is effective at cross-advertising as well, as viewers who arrive at the show because of their affinity for one parent series will find it tempting to check out the other if they enjoy the collaboration. While there's no reason the content should worry parents, the episode is replete with silliness and rarely reflective of real-life consequences for actions like sending a camper on a wild goose chase in the woods and eating wild plants picked in the forest.
What's the story?
In RAVEN ABOUT BUNK'D, when Tess (Sky Katz) secures a spot at the exclusive Camp Champion in Maine, Raven (Raven-Symone) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) hit the road with the kids to drop her off there, but a GPS snafu steers them to Camp Kikiwaka instead. Nia (Navia Ziraili Robinson), Booker (Isaac Ryan Brown), and Levi (Jason Maybaum) take up Lou (Miranda May) on her offer to stay for a while and befriend Kikiwaka campers Destiny (Mallory James Mahoney), Matteo (Raphael Alejandro), Finn (Will Buie Jr.), Ava (Shelby Simmons), Gwen (Scarlett Estevez), and Noah (Israel Johnson), pitching in to help get the camp ready for an open house that Lou hopes will help recruit new attendees. Meanwhile, Raven and Chelsea tour Maine in search of lobster until one of Raven's visions has them fearing for the kids' safety and racing back to camp. As the open house approaches, the newcomers and their new friends try to put on a welcome their guests won't soon forget.
Is it any good?
In true crossover fashion, this showcases the best, funniest, and most memorable aspects of each of its different ensemble casts. Camp Kikiwaka continues to be a dreamy version of forest-set sleepaway camp with few rules and even fewer expectations on the campers' time, hence the mischief that ensues. Seasoned Bunk'd campers take the Raven's Home brood under their wings, quickly forming friendships that suit shared aspects of the kids' personalities. While Lou's leadership style wouldn't cut the mustard in the real world, in a sanitized Disney universe, she's the coolest and most capable camp supervisor, while Raven and Chelsea show they can go full mama-bear mode when they need to.
Raven About Bunk'd blends the characters' natures well, using some to emphasize others at different points and giving each of them time to shine individually at some point in the story. With all of its snipe hunts, stink bombs, premonitions, celebrity pigs (and then some), camp rivalries, and big musical numbers (there's one), this episode will equally delight fans of both Raven's Home and Bunk'd.
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Families can talk about how this collaborative effort promotes each of the two TV series involved. Are you more inclined to watch one or the other of the shows after watching Raven About Bunk'd? Do you think this kind of subtle advertising was part of the reason for the project?
Do the kids or the adults stand out to you as the stars of this story? In general, how do the shows you watch portray the relationships between parents (or other authority figures) and kids? Are they realistic, based on your experiences? Why or why not?
How do the characters demonstrate teamwork in this story? Do shared interests lead to friendships that surprise you? Why is working with people who are different from you an important skill to have?
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