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Parents need to know that The Boss Baby: Back in Business is an animated series that continues the story that began in the movie The Boss Baby (which itself was loosely based on the 2010 book by Marla Frazee). Now that Boss Baby and his older brother, Tim, have established a synergetic rapport, they team up to handle Boss Baby's increasing workload at Baby Corps, which naturally leads to silly situations and lots of laughs. As in the movie, expect plenty of bodily humor, including burping, excessive spitting up, vomiting, farting, and pooping. Villains manipulate and trick victims to their own ends, but their true identities are easily figured out. The series has strong messages about family relationships ... usually in contradiction to Boss Baby's opinion on the matter, of course.
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What's the story?
In BOSS BABY: BACK IN BUSINESS, Boss Baby (voiced by J.P. Karliak) invites his older brother, Tim (Pierce Gagnon), to his Baby Corps office, and the two team up to handle the corporate dynamo's workload. Insuring that the world remains enthralled with babies' cuteness is no easy task, especially with competition like puppies, kittens, and the occasional difficult baby threatening the appeal of tiny humans. But Boss Baby revels in the challenge, and with Tim there as a voice of reason and humanity to offset his younger brother's cunning business sense, Team Templeton manages to win most days. But balancing work and family life? That's another story.
Is it any good?
This series follow-up to the popular movie is alternately laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming, thanks to spot-on writing that casts the two brothers as polar opposites. Boss Baby is adorable in his severity -- contrasted sharply with his bottle-toting, back-flap pants-wearing physical image -- while Tim is confident in his belief that family can solve anything. The loss of Alec Baldwin as Boss Baby's voice does little to dampen his appeal. He's still as single-minded as ever, yet begrudgingly fond of his doting parents and home life.
Back in Business does an about-face on the sibling rivalry theme that dominated the movie, now casting Boss Baby and Tim as brothers in arms of sorts. They may not always see eye to eye, but they stick up for each other and recognize when their shared experiences teach them things. Body humor, slapstick comedy, and generally silly experiences will entertain kids who watch, and parents will find humor in the nuances of the workplace dynamics of Baby Corps headquarters, where the big boss gets around in a baby walker and there are teething cookies in the break room.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what The Boss Baby: Back in Business says about sibling and family relationships. Why is the bond between brothers and sisters special? How do you show your siblings that you will stick up for them if push comes to shove?
Kids: Do you find this show's potty humor funny? Do you like to be grossed out? Was any of the content scary to you?
Do you know what it means to be a "good sport"? Share a time when you saw someone acting like a good sport or showing good sportsmanship. Does Boss Baby show good sportsmanship when his big plans go awry?
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