Total DramaRama

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular characters get aged down in funny daycare series.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

The show doesn't present any of 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.

Sexy Stuff

One character often sheds his clothes, but any sensitive parts are covered.

 

Language
Consumerism

This series is a spinoff of the other Total Drama productions and recasts many of the characters as toddler versions of themselves.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAzariah D. September 17, 2018

A kiddy content that need to be a little more better

One there are no adult jokes in this show. I barely know anything a out this show. I watched it but man was it so kiddy. I don't hate the show but It... Continue reading
Adult Written byGerald Henderson September 20, 2018

Who came up with this idea??

This show is crap! We need the old Total Drama back!
Teen, 16 years old Written bybooboojohnson1 September 12, 2018

Why???

Why does this even exist? I decided to give it a chance and watch an episode and it just sucked! What were they thinking? Bring the old Total Drama back!
Teen, 15 years old Written byJtorts September 16, 2018

Great Show

It may not be as great as the original Total Drama.. but it is hilarious nonetheless!! Cartoon Network has been going downhill lately and this, in my opinion, i... Continue reading

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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