A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Like the other Total Drama series, this show effectively plays on satire and character stereotypes -- the jolly heavyset boy, the obnoxious bossy girl, the tough-talking man, the emo girl, etc. -- for laughs. The exaggerated style often makes certain characters the brunt of jokes, and potty humor (vomiting, body smells, etc.) is always a possibility.
Positive Role Models
Show doesn't present its characters as role models, rather, it has fun with the stereotypes it fashions around each one. Most often the plot involves all/most of the kids creating havoc for the adult in charge, always without any realistic consequence.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but the kids' adventures often lead to painful accidents like crashing into walls, falling through floors, and playground mishaps like a sore backside from going down a hot slide without pants on.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character often sheds his clothes, but any sensitive parts are covered.
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Products & Purchases
Series is a spin-off of the other Total Drama productions, recasts many of the characters as toddler versions of themselves.
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 Hatchet -- 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.
Is It Any Good?
If this series is any indication, toddler drama can be every bit as entertaining as young adult drama, 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 this one.
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