A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters regularly travel throughout the multiverse.
Trying new things is important and can lead to great innovation. Working together is better than "playing the blame game". Sometimes people act badly because they feel left out.
Positive Role Models
Characters are kind to each other and talk it out when they have disagreements instead of fighting. They're happy to include others in their fun, even former "bad guys". The kids both like to try new things and to be challenged. Guava is very concerned about safety and often has to overcome his fears. The central female character goes against negative stereotypes by being fearless and tough.
Both of the main characters are people of color, though the specifics of their ethnicity aren't made clear in the pilot episode. The girl goes against negative stereotypes by being fearless and tough. Both kids are likable, smart, friendly and brave.
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Violence & Scariness
Villains make verbal threats, are cartoonishly scary, and are somewhat silly; in the pilot episode the "ghost pepper" makes threats but also side jokes and turns into a "sweet pepper" after interacting with the main characters. Guava has a nervous, safety-first personality and is often scared, but his friends help him through his fears. Moments of tension don't last long and are often dealt with using humor.
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Occasional use of words like "butt" and verbal threats by villains.
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Though YouTube isn't specifically mentioned, there are several reference to the types of challenges that the show's creator often partakes in on his channel (which shares the name "Guava Juice" with the show).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Guava Juice Show is an animated adventure series created by YouTube star Roi Fabito, known for his positivity and silliness. The main characters have lots of admirable traits, including being kind and inclusive, curious, and brave. Both of the main teenage characters are people of color, though the specifics of their ethnicity aren't made clear in the pilot episode. The lead female character is fearless and tough. Villains make verbal threats, are cartoonishly scary, and somewhat silly. The teenagers' sidekick, a personified guava fruit, has a nervous personality but his friends help him with his fears. Moments of tension don't last long and are often dealt with using humor. There's occasional use of words like "butt" and characters often partake in challenges like those featured on Fabito's Guava Juice YouTube channel.
Is It Any Good?
This animated adventure series is refreshingly focused on confident, kind characters and pleasingly devoid of the usual drawbacks of most cartoons. Unlike many of its counterparts, The Guava Juice Show doesn't save its lessons for the last few minutes; instead it serves up themes of teamwork, perseverance, and kindness throughout its episodes. Humor is used throughout the show to keep engagement levels high and tensions low. The pace is fast so episodes do lack the type of singular central lesson that's easiest for younger viewers to grasp. The series is also threaded with subliminal plugs for the creator's YouTube channel via the characters repeated participation in challenges (e.g., the ice bucket challenge, a dance challenge, the hottest pepper challenge). Overall, though, this is a show parents will appreciate for its enduring positivity as well as its appeal to siblings of various ages.
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