Disney's done it again.
Kirby Buckets follows the misadventures of Kirby (Jacob Bertrand), Fish Fisher (Mekai Curtis) and Eli Porter (Cade Sutton) as they navigate high school but also the tantrums thrown by Kirby's older sister, Dawn (Olivia Stuck), who hates him for... reasons. Belinda (Tiffany Espensen) is Dawn's right-hand woman, always by her side even when she knows bad things will come - which, because Dawn is basically evil, happens often. It's really your basic Disney type show with girl/boy crazy kids, unusual adventures that could never happen in real life (Clowntown, anybody?) and adults which questionable adulting skills. But it's because of that format the House of House has perfected over the years that Kirby Buckets is so much fun to watch. There is one major difference between this and so many other Disney shows: a lack of music. Instead of a singer, like Hannah Montana and Austin & Ally, in the central role, we have another talent on display: art, specifically, cartooning.
The 'toons here don't stay on the paper; Kirby sees them, fully voiced and all, as representations of his inner thoughts - a much more interesting way to get his opinions and whatnot on things than the way overused voice-overs we get any other time we need to know what's inside someone's brain. Lizzie McGuire, an older Disney hit, did something similar and resurrecting it here was a good choice.
The episodes are each self contained and none have anything that should cause parents concern; it's all completely kid-friendly as we've come to expect from Disney. There's no more than cartoon-style violence (mostly from Kirby's drawings) and not even fake bad words are present so it's safe to let the kiddies watch.
Grown kids might even enjoy it, too; while safe from inappropriate jokes that pop up in other places, it's still has laughs any age will appreciate. Also, the characters don't talk down to the audience so you won't be feeling the brain-drain that ruins other, less capable kids' shows. The cast is also talented and free of monotone deliveries that plague other kid's shows so there are no groan inducing performances.
Kirby Buckets is one of the better shows tailored to the younger crowd and sure to delight fans everywhere. It's more than halfway through its freshman season and already guaranteed to have a sophomore one and that's a good thing; I'm tired of enjoyable shows getting axed. Yes,good; if you try it, I'm sure you'll agree. So go watch. Trust me, have I ever steered you wrong? Check out the trailer for a taste:
You can find the cast on Twitter:
Mike Alber (show co-creator)
If you're late to the party and can't catch up On Demand, check out Amazon.com where it's $2.99 and episode ($1.99 SD) and be ready for when season two premiers.