What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although the family at the center of this series is unconventional, kids will relate to many of the issues Riley and Todd face, including impressing a first crush and feeling misunderstood by adults. The siblings' relationship will also ring true with viewers -- they tease each other a lot, but they always support each other, too. Kids will enjoy seeing how Riley and Todd change the circumstances that frustrate them, and the absence of questionable content makes this entertaining, imaginative series a good choice for young viewers.
What's the story?
When orphans Riley (voiced by Grey DeLisle) and Todd (Nancy Cartwright) respond to a comic book ad offering "replacement people" of their choice, the outcome wasn't quite what they had in mind. The mom and dad Fleemco Company sends the kids are the quintessential odd couple: a British international spy named Agent K (Kath Soucie) and an egocentric stuntman Dick Daring (Daran Norris). The new family is rounded out by Agent K's shape-changing, sarcastic talking car, CAR (David McCallum), who isn't at all happy about settling down in suburbia. As Riley and Todd adjust to their new family life, they're given a Fleemco bonus -- cell phones to use for any future replacement orders. But like their new parents, the other made-to-order adults Riley and Todd choose may not be exactly what they're looking for.
Is it any good?
Disney delivers another winner with this imaginative animated series. The characters in THE REPLACEMENTS are funny and lovable, and kids will enjoy watching Riley and Todd attempt to change situations that viewers will likely relate to. Lessons about self-esteem and accepting responsibility for your choices are prevalent throughout the show, giving substance to what was already a delightful cartoon.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the changes Riley and Todd make around them. Would you make the same replacements that they do? What parts of your life would you change? What consequences (good and bad) do the kids encounter from their choices? Each episode also offers plot-based discussion starters for parents and kids.