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The Casagrandes

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Charming Loud House spin-off about Mexican American family.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Ronnie Anne is a positive, thoughtful character without being fake or annoying. She's not above grousing at her brother for making noise when she wants quiet, but she's loving, 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, warm and motherly; brother Bobby, a hip, somewhat thoughtless teen. Multicultural world, with people from many types of backgrounds crossing paths; characters are largely kind, supportive of each other. Casagrandes are Mexican American, and many characters speak Spanglish: "Recuerde, Fluffy eats only organic dog food, nada mas." Some gender stereotypes, like when Abuela vacuums while her husband and son-in-law read on the couch. 

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. 

Sexy Stuff

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!").

Language

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." 

Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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, who moves to a big city to live with her Mexican American family over the market they own and operate. Characters are multicultural in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, and country of origin, but this doesn't often directly come up. More often, characters exist in a peaceful melting pot and their differences aren't mentioned (although the Casagrandes' Spanglish and many touches of Latin culture make the family's ethnicity clear). 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 they 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 abeula who cleans while the men in the family relax.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byProKameron October 19, 2019

Most Positive Messages!

Super Low Violence. The show is just like The Loud House. But with the Casagrandes. I am also impressed with the Spanish.
Teen, 13 years old Written byPoppyBoi October 18, 2019

Very Great Show to Kids

Very Similar to the Loud House, but now to Lincoln and Lori's Friends Family to their friends life!
Kid, 11 years old October 24, 2019
The loud house...but stupider sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cringy

What's the story?

When former Loud House-er Ronnie Anne Santiago (Izabella Alvarez) moves to the big city with her mom, Maria (Sumalee Montano), and older brother, Bobby (Carlos PenaVega), to live with her Mexican American family THE CASAGRANDES over their family-owned mercado, things don't exactly get much quieter. But living in the same house with her loving Tia Frida (Roxana Ortega) and Tio Carlos (Carlos Alazraqui), her cousins Carlota (Alexa PenaVega), CJ (Jared Kozak), and Carl (Alex Cazares), and her abuelo (Ruben Garfias) and abuela (Sonia Manzano) isn't exactly easy. But it sure is a lot of fun. 

Is it any good?

This cheerful Loud House spin-off retains the original's sweet tone and focus on a big, raucous family, but gender-flips the main character and makes that family a vibrant Mexican American clan. Score! Though the family's Mexican origins are clearly telegraphed by the family's Spanglish lines, the brilliant color palette, and the stylistic flourishes like title cards strewn with Mexican embroidery patterns and papel picado, the Casagrandes rarely refer to their ethnicity and 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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family dynamics. Kids: Can you relate to how Ronnie Anne and her family members get along in The Casagrandes? What are the benefits to having a large, close family? The challenges? If you have siblings, in what ways are you alike, and how are you different?

  • Families can also talk about why the setting for The Casagrandes is a large city. What types of people live in big cities as opposed to rural areas or suburbs? With more people packed together, how likely is it that people in large cities have a larger circle of friends and neighbors? Do you think this influenced the choice of setting? 

  • How do the characters in The Casagrandes demonstrate communication and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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