A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages acceptance, empathy, and communication.
Themes of communication and empathy are illustrated by the way different types of people find common ground: food, family, friends, hobbies and interests like pet care, music, and skateboarding. They may not agree on everything, but the show's "live and let live" vibe is appealing and infectious.
Positive Role Models
Ronnie Anne is a positive, thoughtful character who isn't fake. She's not above grousing at her brother for making noise when she wants quiet, but she's loving and supportive to people in her life, like when a neighbor hurts his back and she offers to walk his dog. People in Ronnie Anne's orbit have distinct personalities: her tio Carlos is a professor and intellectual; her tia Frida a somewhat spacey artist; her abuela, Rosa, warm and motherly; and her brother, Bobby, a hip teen.
Multicultural world, seen through the eyes of a fearless, skateboard-loving female protagonist, with people from many types of backgrounds crossing paths. Characters are largely kind and supportive of one another. Casagrandes are Mexican American, and many characters speak Spanglish: "Recuerde, Fluffy eats only organic dog food, nada mas." Afro-Latinos are represented in minor roles like Romeo and Alberto. Some slight gender and cultural cliches with abuela Rosa, like when she vacuums while her husband and son-in-law read on the couch, or in her reliance on home remedies -- burning sage etc. But because of the large cast, her character is just one of many, most of them non-stereotypical. In an important recurring role, Ronnie Anne's cousin CJ Casagrande has a developmental disability and is voiced by actor Jared Kozak, who has Down Syndrome. Unlike the show's predecessor, The Loud House, queer characters are mostly absent except for season 3's Doyle, who appears in at least one episode and is nonbinary and voiced by nonbinary actor Vico Ortiz.
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Violence & Scariness
Any violence or injury is given a light and cartoonish spin, like when Carlos and Romeo hurt their legs skateboarding. Their legs look rubbery and like they're bending the wrong way, but they just roll their eyes, groan, and are better by the next episode. In another episode, a dog eats everything and frequently spits up objects like a clock or a brush, with puddles of saliva but seemingly no injuries. Death is discussed in an episode where the Casagrandes celebrate Día de los Muertos, and neighbor Adelaide Chang learns to deal with the death of her pet frog in a positive way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance is infrequent, but some characters express affection and attraction, like when a young tia Frida sees her future husband Carlos and says, "Que guapo!" ("How handsome!").
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No cursing, but characters do say things like "Dang it." Jokes can veer toward the body-humor territory, like when a dog farts in a man's face, or a dog swallows a whistle and its guardians are handed a plastic bag to "wait for number two."
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Products & Purchases
Some episodes revolve around money and what it can buy in a realistic way, like when Sid and Ronnie Anne start a dog-walking business and dream about what they can buy (band T-shirts, a skateboarding helmet and kneepads, life-size cutouts of pop stars) before inevitably biting off more than they can chew and scaling back their visions. In season 3, Ronnie Anne learns about El Ratón -- a version of the tooth fairy popular in Spain and Latin America -- and a character is unhappy when, instead of receiving money in exchange for a lost tooth, the mouse hired by Bobby to play El Ratón steals away to Switzerland with Bobby's cash.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Casagrandes is a spin-off of animated show The Loud House that revolves around an 11-year-old girl, Ronnie Anne (voiced by Izabella Alvarez), who moves to a big city to live with her Mexican American family over the market they own and operate. Characters are diverse in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, and country of origin, with people's differences normalized instead of overly explained. Characters exist in a peaceful melting pot, and cultural references come up naturally though vehicles like language -- mostly Spanglish, but in minor instances, other languages, like Chinese, can be heard -- or holidays and traditional customs. Themes of communication and empathy are clearly illustrated by this "live and let live" approach. Humor can be slightly vulgar, like when a dog farts in a man's face, but language is mild: A gentle "dang it!" is as rough as it gets. Violence is infrequent and cartoonish, like when men hurt their legs skateboarding, and the limbs hang in a rubbery boneless fashion. Characters pine for material goods, but money is hard-earned, and characters often have to adjust their dreams to match reality. Ronnie Anne is a vibrant and kind-hearted character who frequently squabbles with her cousins or sibling but also tries to help those in her life any way she can. Adults are present, lovingly involved with children's lives, and colorfully characterized, and they have their own hobbies and interests. Parents may want to point out gender stereotypes, like the abuela who cleans while the men in the family relax.
Is It Any Good?
This cheerful Loud House spin-off retains the original's sweet tone and focus on a big, raucous family, but it gender-flips the main character and makes that family a vibrant Mexican American clan. Score! Though the family's Mexican origins are seldom mentioned, it's clearly telegraphed by spoken Spanglish, the brilliant color palette, and the stylistic flourishes like title cards strewn with Mexican embroidery patterns and papel picado. The Casagrandes coexist happily among a diverse set of neighbors and friends, like next-door neighbors the Changs. Pretty much everybody in the Casagrandes' big (unnamed) city ends up in the family's store anyway, so why draw borders?
With her skateboard always at the ready, and a head full of schemes intended to right wrongs and show up her annoying brothers, Ronnie Anne is a high-spirited hero kids will relate to (even while they may wonder how she gets the freedom to knock around her neighborhood parent-free, day and night). Meanwhile, parents will appreciate how lovingly her aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins rescue her from minor scrapes and gently nudge her toward better behavior. The appeal of this show is obvious, and the representation simply delightful. Don't miss a chance to visit with this big-hearted family -- it's worth your while.
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