A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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?
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