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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Victor and Valentino is a comedy adventure series about half-brothers whose town is the setting for all kinds of supernatural oddities inspired by Latin American folklore. Stories involve a variety of topics related to the supernatural, including conjuring spirits from the dead, mythical gods coming to life in the present, and monsters such as the chupacabra. In some cases, these characters can be intimidating or scary, but the show's overall mood is one of adventure, humor, and a little chaos caused by Victor and Valentino. Expect some mild name-calling like "lame-o" and "jerk," and some meanness from mischievous Victor toward his half-brother, but ultimately a lot of teamwork between the two to fix the mayhem they cause in their town.
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What's the story?
VICTOR AND VALENTINO is the story of two half-brothers who spend their summer in a small town called Monte Macabre with their elderly Grandma Chatu (voiced by Laura Patalano). In their insatiable quest for adventure and fun, Victor (Diego Molano) and Valentino (Sean-Ryan Petersen) discover that the town is a hotbed for unusual and supernatural goings on, and they jump right in to experience all of it. From conjuring underworld spirits to encountering mythical creatures like the chupacabra, there's no shortage of excitement this summer for these two siblings.
Is it any good?
Rooted in Latin American folklore and culture, this buddy adventure keeps viewers guessing about what kinds of thrills its two stars will dig up next. Their mismatched personalities give Victor and Valentino different viewpoints on their shared predicaments, with impulsive Victor generally dismissive of risks and Valentino eager to adhere to rules and cautions. As the events play out, it always takes a combined effort and a little creative strategizing to undo whatever chaos they've caused.
Victor and Valentino isn't intended to be an educational series, but viewers will gain some familiarity with aspects of Latin American culture because of the show's setting and involvement of customs like quinceañera, alebrijes, and soccer in the stories themselves. It's also a fun pick for kids who are interested in the idea of the supernatural but aren't ready for edgier, scarier shows of the same ilk.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the monsters and other supernatural forces are presented in Victor and Valentino. Are they meant to be scary or friendly? Is the idea of spirits of the dead and mythical monsters something that bothers you? How do you cope with your fears?
How does this series promote awareness of Latin American culture and traditions? Do you think there are any stereotypes perpetuated in its content? What, if anything, did you learn about the Latinx culture and experience by watching?
What examples of character strengths like curiosity do you see in these stories? Does a character have to be a good role model to model positive characteristics? Is Victor a good role model? How about Valentino? How does each influence the other's behavior?
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