The animated series Cupcake & Dino – General Services, at first glance, seems to have a completely childish design, aimed at this audience only. However, when watching its episodes, we realize that the style of humor it conveys can also please adults who enjoy non-sense work and high doses of jerkiness (watch here).
That being said: the children will have a lot of fun with the colors and the clutter of the duo that names this series, while the grownups will laugh a lot with the job market satire that it provides.
There’s a lot of “The Amazing World of Gumball” in Cupcake & Dino – General Services. The comparison isn’t made from nothing. The huge success of the Cartoon Network animation, considered by critics and audiences as one of the best channel’s productions in recent years alongside the celebrated “Adventure Time”, makes a social critique to the customs of an average family while becomes a hobby idolized by the kids. This cartoon that now debuts in the Netflix catalog goes the same way: by creating a colorful world with friendly and funny characters, Cupcake & Dino – General Services hides various criticisms under these layers.
Cupcake & Dino – General Services features two unusual characters: a cupcake with an enterprising soul and his brother, an overly optimistic and lively dinosaur. Together, they create a company to provide diverse general services to the population of the city where they live, and, while trying to leverage the business, they create embarrassing situations that end up getting them in trouble.
One of the aspects that immediately draws attention to the animation is the well-defined personality of the main characters. The little Cupcake obviously suffers from the Napoleon Complex, which makes people of short stature feel inferior. For this, he tries to compensate with his entrepreneur’s vein, creating megalomaniac business, aiming to become a successful businessman. To do this, he counts on the help of his brother Dino, who is a not very smart dinosaur, but who embraces all the brother’s strategies. The plot is bizarre straight away for presenting characters that obviously have nothing to do with each other as brothers, and that’s the magic of this animation. At no moment do we doubt their kinship, much less their inability to exist in real life. And we know that the production is a success when we suspend our disbelief and embark, without fear, on the story.
In addition, the most attentive will perceive criticism of a society that always wants to win over everything. We all know someone like Cupcake, who invents crazy business for which he does not have any kind of skill, swearing it will be a success. Of course, we will always cheer for Cupcake, Dino and their general services company, but the subtle criticism behind this seemingly pretension-free animation is ironic.
Cupcake & Dino – General Services is a Brazilian production, directed by Pedro Eboli, who is already responsible for “Oswaldo”, which is currently on display at Cartoon Network. In addition, it counts with a Canadian co-production, the same studio that makes the popular “Peppa Pig”. The traits are recognizable, and undoubtedly it is an animation of exuberant qualities that has everything to win the public.
Mainly because Cupcake & Dino – General Services, apart from all of this, is a fun series. You can’t help but caring about the main characters and their attempts to do the right thing, even without any talent. We cheer and hope for them to achieve the dream of owning their own business. The episodes, always rather short, bring nice and funny stories that hold attention from beginning to end. To our good fortune, as spectators, Gumball gave classes. Now we have an animation as good as it available on the streaming platform.
Synopsis 1: No task is too tough (or too weird) for this unstoppable duo, who go after their dreams – one odd job at a time.
Synopsis 2: An enterprising cupcake and his cheerful dinosaur brother take on jobs of all sorts as they work to help friends and strangers in their eccentric city.
Age rating: Everyone