A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Total DramaRama reintroduces several original Total Drama characters (plus one add-on from 6teen) as toddlers who get themselves into comical predicaments in a daycare setting. The hook here is that the kids' personalities haven't shrunk with their smaller stature, so you have full-grown stereotypes (goth girl, ringleader, rebel, etc.) in toddler bodies. The satire that defined the Total Drama shows is less clever in this setting, but there still are plenty of funny moments -- often concerning the kids' skills at outsmarting their director, Chef Hackett -- and some physical and potty humor. Kids who enjoy the antics in this show may want to watch other Total Drama series that are intended for slightly older audiences, so parents should know the distinctions among them.
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What's the story?
TOTAL DRAMARAMA is a Total Drama spin-off that recasts several of the original characters as toddlers in a daycare program directed by Chef Hatchett (Cle Bennett). Despite their pint-size frames, these kids find themselves in some outrageous predicaments as they concoct ways to outwit their gruff responsible adult. Chef sure has his hands full with the likes of mischievous Owen (Scott McCord), bossy Courtney (Emilie-Claire Barlow), goth Gwen (Lilly Bartlam), nutty Izzy (Katie Crown), and the rest of this motley crew of kids and their penchant for trouble.
Is it any good?
If this series is any indication, toddler drama can be every bit as entertaining as young adult drama can be, provided that the personality mix is right. A contributing factor to Total Drama's appeal was its eclectic character pool, so it stands to reason that the same would be true of these miniature versions of those same cast members. Even without foreknowledge of how these characters relate to each other (and don't), it's not hard to get sucked into their group drama. And while this series isn't set up as a reality show like the others were, there are occasional character confessionals that amuse.
What poses potential trouble for Total DramaRama isn't its content or target audience of grade schoolers but the crossover between this show and the ones that preceded it, which are geared toward older viewers. Total Drama fans who tune in for DramaRama will appreciate the humor in seeing these familiar characters' big personalities in little bodies, but if this is your kids' introduction to the Drama crew, know that the other series aren't as innocuous as is this one.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about stereotypes. Are the stereotypes that exist among the characters in this series funny? Are they fair? Should people be defined by their most prominent character traits? Does Total DramaRama allow us to dig deeper into the characters to understand them better, or are they mostly superficial?
Do the characters set out to make things difficult for their teacher, or is it just a byproduct of their actions? In contrast to what they experience, how do our mistakes help us learn important lessons? Why do TV characters not seem to encounter consequences like we do in real life?
Are any of the Total DramaRama characters good role models? Which ones make good decisions under pressure? Who among them are natural leaders? Do any demonstrate character strengths like courage or compassion? Can you relate to their group dynamics? In what ways are their relationships similar to those among your peers?
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