Welcome to the Wayne
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Comical adventures, mild scares await kids in quirky 'toon.
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.
Inspired by curiosity, three kids follow clues to discover the secrets of the building they call home. To do so, they have to break a few rules, which causes varying degrees of angst among them and often strife for adults around them. Siblings get along well and befriend a timid newcomer, helping him find his place in his new home.
Positive Role Models
Saraline refuses to be discouraged from solving mysteries and following her passion. Olly is slightly less single-minded, sometimes distracted, but always a good friend to Ansi, who allows himself to be inspired in positive ways by his new pals.
Violence & Scariness
A variety of sharp-toothed creatures growl, snarl, and otherwise intimidate the characters. A few surprises and mild scares.
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No cursing, but some name-calling like "brat" and "idiot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to the Wayne is an adventure comedy cartoon about three kids who team up to investigate the bizarre happenings in their apartment building home. The stories are silly and fun, filled with strange creatures, mysterious noises, hidden rooms, and adults oblivious to the kids' antics, all of which sets the stage for kid-geared entertainment. Some of the resident monsters can be mildly scary (snarling, teeth gnashing, and size play a role in this), but otherwise there's little content that will worry grade-schoolers. Expect to hear some name-calling ("brat," "idiot," etc.) and the occasional sibling spat in this quirky series.
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What's the Story?
When Ansi Molina (voiced by Alanna Ubach) moves into his new apartment, he hardly imagines it will turn into the adventure of a lifetime. But with his new pals -- the brother-sister duo of Olly (Billy Lopez) and Saraline Timbers (Dana Steingold) -- leading the charge, Ansi finds himself drawn into their exhaustive search of the apartment building to discover the secret behind its mysteries. So much more than just a place to live, the Wayne delivers adventure, mystery, and a rotating cast of oddball characters for Ansi and his friends to attempt to explain.
Is It Any Good?
Nonsensical, imaginative fun rules the day in this unpredictable animated series. Noticeably lacking in adult supervision, Ansi, Saraline, and Olly are left to their own devices most of the time, which facilitates their humorous (if ill-advised) explorations. Secret passageways, hidden rooms, and mysterious figures add to the unanswered questions about where they live, and their silly scenarios are the kind of content that's appreciated by the grade-school set.
WELCOME TO THE WAYNE is best treated as a sugary-treat kind of addition to kids' media diets since the content is more about garnering laughs than it is about anything outright educational. Even so, the way the characters relate to each other as friends and as siblings has some merit in demonstrating the positive effects of mutual respect and in working as a team.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the kids' relationships in Welcome to the Wayne. Do they always get along? What kinds of situations create tension between them? Kids: If you have siblings, when is it hard to get along with them? On the other hand, what's the best thing about having brothers and sisters?
How does the fact that Ansi, Saraline, and Olly bend the rules now and then make their adventures more entertaining? Why is it fun to imagine things differently from how they are in the real world, as is the case in the Wayne? Do characters always have to suffer realistic consequences for you to learn from their experiences?
Kids: How do you respond to a strange occurrence or other mystery? Are you naturally curious? Do you like to know the cause of something, even if it might be scary? Do you think the characters are courageous? Why or why not?
- Premiere date: July 24, 2017
- Cast: Alanna Ubach, Billy Lopez, Dana Steingold
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: October 13, 2022
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