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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Loud House is a very funny cartoon that looks at the dynamics of a large family as told from the perspective of the long-suffering middle child and only boy. Issues such as sibling rivalry are at the heart of the show's laughs, and there's always some kind of personality conflict or other cause for bickering at play. The characters' distinctly different personas inspire laughs, as does the occasional instance of bathroom humor (strange odors and poopy diapers, for instance). Parents are absent from the show, so there's little responsible supervision throughout, but every story winds up with a heartwarming effort on Lincoln's sisters' part to help him in some way. Expect some name-calling ("twerp" and "jerk") but otherwise funny, heartwarming content kids will love.
What's the story?
THE LOUD HOUSE centers on 11-year-old Lincoln Loud (voiced by Grant Palmer), the lone boy among 10 sisters in a household that's bursting at the seams. Life isn't easy when you're sandwiched between handfuls of girls from tots to teens, and Lincoln relies on his best friend, Clyde (Caleel Harris), to help him survive the daily drama and all kinds of chaos that's routine in this house.
Is it any good?
Inspired by personal experience, creator Chris Savino does a great job presenting the ups and downs of life in a big family as seen by the story's indomitable hero, Lincoln. Crucial to the story's appeal are the many distinct personalities of his sisters -- from demanding first child Lori (Catherine Taber) to gloomy emo Lucy (Jessica Di Cicco) -- who always manage to throw a wrench into their brother's plans. Sometimes it's on purpose; other times it's by accident, but in every case, it sends Lincoln on a comically desperate mission of self-advocacy to carve out his own place in a house that's overrun by girls.
Kids will come to The Loud House for the laughs, but they'll return for the excellent ensemble cast and the surprisingly heartwarming themes that dominate every story. Sibling rivalry and personality clashes have their rightful place in this show (it's not a fantasy, after all), but each time Lincoln seems ready to throw in the towel on his needs being met, one or more of his sisters come to his rescue in ways that would make any parent proud.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about family dynamics. Kids: Can you relate to how Lincoln and his siblings get along in The Loud House ? What are the benefits to having brothers and sisters? The challenges? If you have siblings, in what ways are you alike, and how are you different?
Kids: Have you ever felt lost in a crowd like Lincoln does? Why is it important to communicate your feelings to your family and friends? Are there times when that's especially difficult to do?
Kids: How does Lincoln rank among your favorite TV characters? Is he a likable fellow? Why, or why not? How would you do things differently if you were in his shoes?
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