Cuphead Offers Fresh Nostalgia to Young Viewers
Updated: Aug 11
"If you are standing in front of a judge, he already hates you."
This week, the kids, and the ladies, go crazy for Cuphead.
The Cuphead Show gets a sleepy, but enthusiastic thumbs up in a podcast split evenly between show review and parenting advice, which is a much needed break after last week’s Caillou episode.
Laura leads the show off with a new topic: flow parenting, which she first learned about in an article about personal trainer Sophie Guidolin. Kara wants to know if it's the type of flow she's familiar with that shows up monthly and splits after 3-4 days. Well played. Flow parenting is an arrangement where the children have the license to "flow" back and forth between their parent's homes as they see fit. As a child therapist, Laura is intrigued by the positive benefits this could have on children undergoing the strain of a divorce. Having been through the child custody process, Kara shares her personal experience.
Kara discusses what she learned during the custody court process and noted quite a few parallels between what was recommended and what is described in the article on flow parenting. Most importantly, mutual respect between co-parents is the secret to moving forward as blended family.
On to The Cuphead Show!
The ladies agree that it's a binge-able one-season watch with twelve 15- minute episodes released thus far. The premises all start with the fast-paced, hijinks-heavy misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his more cautious but easily persuaded twin brother, Mugman. The show gives off clear Looney Tunes vibes from the mid-Atlantic accent of the floppy rubber-hose animated characters, to the overall 1930s aesthetic.
Both ladies agree that Wayne Brady does an excellent job as King Dice. Kara is impressed with the casting of the voice actors here. She particularly enjoys Chalice, and characters with the mid-Atlantic accent. She even breaks out her own for the listener's entertainment.
The ladies agree that the show is friendly for all ages and that even the underworld and ghost characters take a non-spooky approach. If you seek educational value for your children, The Cuphead Show is not the place to turn, as it offers pure entertainment value.
Both moms have parenting confessions to make. Kara confesses that her son was shocked and disappointed when he caught her sleeping midway through one of the cartoons. Laura describes the show's title videogame as "rage-inducingly difficult." Her young daughter had to tell her to take a break and get a snack during a playthrough. She helpfully explains that frustration is simply stress chemicals clouding your rational thinking, which is why her daughter was right. This is why stepping away from a stressor and coming back to it after your system has processed the chemicals is effective.
Kara and Laura agree that your kids SHOULD watch The Cuphead Show and are looking forward to the next season of this children's show.
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