Breadwinners (TV series)

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Breadwinners
Breadwinners logo.png
Genre Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by Steve Borst
Gary DiRaffaele
Voices of Robbie Daymond
Eric Bauza
Composer(s) Tommy Sica
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gary DiRaffaele
Steve Borst
Producer(s) Lizabeth Velasco
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original run February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) – present (present)

Breadwinners is an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon. The series was created by Gary DiRaffaele and Steve Borst, and centers upon two anthropomorphic ducks named SwaySway and Buhdeuce who run a bread delivery service.[1] In February 2013 Nickelodeon announced that they had ordered a 20 episode season based on the show's pilot episode.[2] A preview of the series, marketed as a "sneak beak", aired on February 17, 2014. The series began airing in its regular timeslot on February 22, 2014.[3] On May 8, 2014, it was announced that the series had been picked up for a second season of 20 episodes.[4]

Plot[edit]

SwaySway and Buhdeuce are two carefree ducks who fly around in a rocket van delivering bread to their customers. The two best friends live together on their water-based planet, Pondgea, and get into a variety of adventures. SwaySway is leader of the duo and even though he does not always use the best judgment, he is quite skillful when it comes to flying the van. Buhdeuce is a klutzy duck, but he is also an enthusiastic and loyal assistant to SwaySway. Together, they have fun flying around delivering bread. Often when they get in over their heads, they will "level up", or transform, like video game characters into a variety of forms they need to solve their problems, for example in "Thug Loaf", when they leveled-up into biker ducks to rescue the rocket van from a gang of hostile motorcycling ducks.[3]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • SwaySway (voiced by Robbie Daymond) - a tall, thin, neon green, anthropomorphic duck who comes from a line of bread delivery ducks, or "Breadwinners". SwaySway pilots the rocket van with his best friend, or "bap", Buhdeuce. He sees himself as a better Breadwinner than Buhdeuce, but does not have as good a judgement. He is in love with Jenny Quackles, and in the episode "Love Loaf", he tries to get a magic love loaf fed to her in order to win her love.
  • Buhdeuce (voiced by Eric Bauza) - a short, round, anthropomorphic, neon green duck and SwaySway's partner in bread delivery. Buhdeuce is depicted as scatterbrained and inattentive. He is very small, and thinks he is bad at delivering bread. Buhdeuce is not tall enough to reach the controls on the rocket van, as well. He has been depicted as being a bit jealous of SwaySway.
  • Jelly (voiced by Alexander Polinsky) - the Breadwinners' pet frog who fetches, pants and drools like a dog.
  • T-Midi (voiced by S. Scott Bullock) - a timid owl who is the Breadwinners' best customer. He speaks with a British accent and wears a tuxedo.
  • Ketta (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) - a white bird and a master mechanic. The Breadwinners go to her when they need upgrades or repairs to the rocket van.
  • The Bread Maker (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) - a legendary figure who lives in the bread mines and can be summoned via rubbing a magical toaster.
  • Rambamboo - (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski) - a female, orange toad and a police officer. She teaches driving classes, and has been depicted as strict but a bit impatient.

Additional characters[edit]

  • Oonski the Great (voiced by Nolan North) - a beaver Viking who has been depicted as the Breadwinners' enemy. His motto is "eat, beat, steal." He really wants the rocket van and will do anything to steal it. He speaks in third person.
  • Lava Mole - (voiced by John DiMaggio)
  • Intercom Lady - (voiced by Vanessa Marshall)
  • Mama Monster - (voiced by April Winchell) - The mother of Big Baby Buns.
  • Big Baby Buns - a baby monster whose egg was found by Buhdeuce and SwaySway. They took care of him but then his mother, Mama Monster, returned him back home. Big Baby Buns was named when the Breadwinners realized he had three big butt cheeks.
  • Captain - (voiced by Nolan North)
  • Camp Counselor - (voiced by Candi Milo)
  • Mrs. Furfle (voiced by Cree Summer) - an old lady that is a firefly. She can't pronounce Buhdeuce's name.
  • Jenny Quackles - a duck that SwaySway has a crush on.

Production[edit]

The show was conceived in a Studio City, Los Angeles efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber".[5] It was originally a 4½-minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks and was intended to be a one-off short film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar.[5] Series creator Gary DiRaffaele got an email from a Nickelodeon executive about the short film, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," DiRaffaele said. "I couldn't believe someone from Nickelodeon would contact me."[5] Within a couple of months, Nickelodeon hired DiRaffaele and co-creator Steve Borst to expand Breadwinners into a full-length television series.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 February 17, 2014 TBA
2 20[4] 2015 TBA

Reception[edit]

David Hinckley of New York Daily News gave the pilot episode three out of five stars, saying "Breadwinners captures well the silliness, absurdity and occasional total grossness that should entice its target demographic of the very young".[6] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times stated, "The show, which runs on speed and bad puns, butt jokes, snatches of old-school hip-hop and house and arcade-game conventions, is loud and often gross, but basically genial. It should not drive your children into a life of crime. Apart from those moments when two characters, alarmed or aroused, scream the same words in unison, which hurts daddy's head and has become altogether too much of A Thing, I am inclined to bestow upon it my official critical blessing."[7]

Toonzone was more critical, saying "In its pandering gross-out humor aimed at 6-11 year old boys, Breadwinners is eschewing any chance it has to obtain a larger audience or to attract boys who aren't necessarily thrilled by toilet and gross-out humor."[8] The first episode scored 2.8 million viewers.[9]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the show two out of five stars, stating:

Breadwinners relies heavily on wedgie and flatulence jokes to maintain kids' attention through 30 minutes of generally bizarre plots and a parade of strange characters. There's some merit to the dynamic duo's friendship and the fact that neither leaves the other out to dry in any of their mishaps, but this kind of content seems more a lucky byproduct than the intended message of a show in which silliness and physical comedy rule supreme.

One thing the show does have going for it is a wealth of funny bread-related puns, from delivering a "pumperknuckle punch" to a bad guy to saying goodbye with a resounding, "Hasta la yeasta!" Unlike a well-worn poop joke, these never get old, but then again, they're not likely to strike the same chord of hilarity with your kids.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIRST PEEK: Nickelodeon's Breadwinners". Indie Wire. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nickelodeon Hits ‘Reset’ Button, Orders Toon Series ‘Breadwinners’, Renews ‘TMNT’". Deadline. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Breadwinners". Biz.viacom.com. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Patten, Dominic (May 8, 2014). "Nickelodeon Renews ‘Breadwinners’ For Second Season". [1]. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d James, Meg (February 7, 2014). "Has Nickelodeon found its new bread winner?". latimes.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cartoon ducks take a quack at baking in Nickelodeon's rewarding 'Breadwinners'". NY Daily News. February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lloyd, Robert (February 17, 2014). "Review: 'Breadwinners' gets its genial ducks in a row on Nickelodeon". latimes.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ February 17, 2014 (February 4, 2014). "Review: "Breadwinners" Doesn't Deliver Outside Its Demographic Zone - Toonzone News". Toonzone.net. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Monday Cable Ratings:’WWE Raw’ Wins Night, ‘Basketball Wives’, ‘Single Ladies’, ‘Teen Wolf’, ‘Switched at Birth’ & More - Ratings". Tvbythenumbers. February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Emily Ashby. "Breadwinners TV Review". Commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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