A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cheating is prevalent in the competitive pinata world, and although it doesn't necessarily pay, it isn't necessarily punished, either.
Violence & Scariness
The characters are pinatas, so they get hit by baseball-bat wielding children, but they're always repaired to party another day.
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Products & Purchases
This is, in effect, a commercial for the related Xbox 360 game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series is effectively a commercial for the Xbox 360 video game of the same name that's targeted at grade-school students. Storylines are based on competitions and acquiring necessary pinata elements like "candiosity." The characters cheat during their competitions, regularly get whacked by baseball bats, and, frankly, are pretty boring.
Is It Any Good?
Viva Pinata has a lively 3D animation style that will be attractive to older kids but off-putting to kids who are used to slower-moving, less-flashy programs. Also, viewers won't find any of the pesky moral lessons that might accompany a program with such a strong competitive element -- the only positive examples come in the form of the occasional supportive friend (who might show that support by sabotaging another competitor).
It's an open question whether the world needs more kids' programming based on video games -- but even if it does, it needs to be better than this colorful but ultimately dull effort. Fans of the game may find it amusing, but Viva Pinata isn't likely to interest anyone on its own.
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