Western Animation / Nutri Ventures: The Quest for the Seven Kingdoms

LEFT TO RIGHT: Theo, Lena, Ben, Nina, and a Guga

Nutri Ventures, also known as "Nutri Ventures: The Quest for The 7 Kingdoms", is a 2D animated Portugal Edutainment Show written and produced by Nutri Ventures Corporation S.A in 2012. The show has been exported and airing episodes to many other countries such Spain's Disney Channel and the US on the video-on-demand channel Kabillion, Hulu, and on the company's Youtube channel at no charge.

Nutri Ventures focuses on a city where all foods have been wiped out by a businessman named Alex Grand. In turn, he creates a substitute to foods called "Genex 100", where consumers only have to eat one box of it once a day in order to survive and it claimed to be good for them. However, during a field trip to the Genex 100 factory, a young boy and girl named Theo and Lina, respectively, snoop around the factory and come across a loaf of bread left in the Mooks' cafeteria table.

Ignorant to what bread is, Theo and Lena try it out to find that it gives them an unusual burst of energy allowing them to perform at a human's peak. Later, Theo finds out that there are more varieties of food out there, that his scientist grandfather is one of the legendary Guardians of the Food Groups, and that he's The Chosen One who will bring the seven food groups together and restored his city's access to foods and foil Alex Grand. Theo and his friends, Lina and Ben, along with his little sister Nina and their pet Guga, have to embark on a quest to fulfill his prophecy.

The first 11 episodes can be founded on their Youtube channel and on Hulu, you can find that in addition to 18 more, comprising 3 Seasons total, along with a few songsnote . This show can also be viewed on Kabillion and Toonova.

Nutri Ventures provide examples of:

  • An Aesop: The show teaches the concept of food diversity and underscores the importance of eating a balanced diet.
    • Some episodes have non-nutrition morals such as "Stand for what is right even when it's dangerous." or "Think before you act; actions have consequences."
  • Artistic License Biology: Even assuming that Genex 100 has enough substance to imitate food enough to enable human survival, there's minimal chance for bodies as healthy as Theo, Lena and Nina's since overeating, especially a single type of food, would logically make most of the population look like Ben. Similarly, all of the kingdoms except maybe Orange (fruit) and Green (vegetables) should have more health issues than they do since all of them are missing key nutrients due to a lack of communications.
  • Badass Grandpa: Theo and Nina's granddad. The rest of the Guardians and Nexus also qualify.
  • Bad Boss: Alex Grand, naturally.
  • Big Bad: Alex Grand is the Big Bad of the series proper, but each arc has a chance of introducing its own Big Bad during for throughout its duration.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the final episode of Season 1, not only does Theo's grandfather sabotage the ray so it's running in reverse to make people hate and destroy Genex 100 but he also saves the kids and Sid.
  • Big Fun: Ben. He's officially described on the official website as "playful and always getting into scrapes".
  • Big Good: Nexus is the major one, with each Guardian serving as one for their individual kingdoms.
  • Blatant Lies: Alex Grand has the population convinced that Genex 100 is healthy for them and that if they had normal food, they'd have to eat thousands of foods 30 times a day.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Sid wanted to use the Candyman's hypnosis ray to make people eat healthy foods.
  • Brainy Brunette: Lena who serves as the team's Smart Guy while in the field.
  • Brown Eyes: Rather fittingly, Lena has these, representing her down-to-earth personality and status as The Reliable One.
  • Butt Monkey: Nose, Alex Grand's second-hand lackey with near Woobie-levels of childhood traumas, including being severely afraid of milk.
  • The Chosen One: Theo.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each Guardian and their associated kingdom have specific color representing them. The Gugas even match their owners' colors.
    • White: Dairy.
    • Red: Meat and eggs.
    • Blue: Fish and sea food.
    • Brown: Legumes.
    • Yellow: Grains.
    • Green: Vegetables.
    • Orange: Fruits.
    • While Purple doesn't have a kingdom, it does seem to be associated with mission control as Guardian Purple is the kids' mentor and guide and he does happen to have a Guga to match him.
  • Cool Teacher: Guardian Orange serves as one at her fruit magic school in addition to running her kingdom.
  • Deal with the Devil: Guardian Red makes a deal with Alex Grand: hand over the kids in exchange for protection from a wild dragon that's threatening the Red Kingdom.
  • Disability Immunity: In Episode 5, Lina's cold prevents her from falling victim to the brainwashing sugar scent.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Despite being willing to eat anything else you put in front of them, Gugas are wary of sugary foods and have to coaxed into eating them.
  • Dumb Muscle: Alex's henchmen.
  • Edutainment Show: See An Aesop.
  • Eureka Moment: When Sid informs Theo's grandfather that the effects of the Candyman's ray can't be reversed once it's turned on, he realizes that while this may be true, that doesn't mean he can't make the machine run in reverse.
  • Evil Is Hammy and Fat Bastard: Applied to Alex Grand.
  • Exact Words: The effects of the Candyman's ray once Alex gets his hands on it can't be reversed. That doesn't mean you can't make the machine run in reverse.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Food Porn: While the tastiness of the food isn't dwelt on as much as normal for this trope, any food that shows up that isn't Genex 100 always is treated as incredibly delicious and desirable, even putting aside its Power-Up Food status.
  • Heroic Lineage: Minor case with Theo being the grandson of a Guardian of the Food Groups.
  • It's All About Me: Alex Grand's primary motivation is to promote himself regardless of what happens to anyone else.
  • It's All My Fault: Sid feels this way about Alex getting his hands on the Candyman's ray and being in a position to use it on the whole world.
  • Mascot Mook: The Gugas. They are everywhere on this show, including the end credits. Though they don't have any merchandise or whatever, they are pretty much the show's equivalent of the Minions.
  • Meaningful Rename: The place where the characters live used to be called Nutri Land but was renamed Grand Land when Alex took over.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sid deeply regrets enabling Alex to get his hands on Candyman's ray.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Theo's prank in Episode 5 not only gets Lina sick (though that does prove useful) but it gets the group under surveillance by Alex Grand, which leads to him discovering the Sugar Kingdom.
    • Sid's refusal to destroy the Candyman's hypnosis ray (as he wanted to use it to hypnotize people into eating healthy food) leads to Alex capturing him and the ray and the other heroes getting trapped. Plus his fruit potion puts Alex in a position of the ray being useful to him.
  • Power-Up Food: Kinda a cornerstone of the show. Each food group has its own set of powers.
    • Grains give you energy, enabling swift movement and agile maneuvering.
    • Milk protects your bones (and presumably teeth), healing them if broken or otherwise damaged.
    • Fruits have different powers depending on which fruit it is, with memory boosts, energy and even immunity to sugar's hypnotizing allure being just some of the possible effects.
    • Meat and eggs boost the force your muscles can put out
    • Fish and sea food boost your intelligence.
    • Legumes give you an overall boost.
    • Vegetables help with recovery, essentially acting as healing potions.
      • For the Gugas, any food, even ones that can't give humans powers such as sugar, will have some kind of empowering effect on them; unfortunately this is always random.
  • Reality Ensues: Since Theo is completely unfamiliar with any food save the Genex 100, when he is given a banana, he bites into it as is, assuming that's what he's supposed to do and is disgusted with the taste as well as annoyed that Sid didn't tell him to peel it before he bit into it.
  • The Reliable One: Lena. She can always be depended on to be responsible, look after her teammates and make sure they have the supplies they need.
  • Reverse the Polarity: Theo's grandfather does this on the hypnosis ray by turning the switch that makes it run in reverse so that the ray makes people hate the food fueling it, in this case Genex 100, instead of love it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Guardians function as rulers of their kingdoms and are expected to have a hands on approach to running them.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Nina.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Fruit magic works in specific ways based on which fruits are being used and what ingredients they're interacting with, much like chemistry.
  • Sugar Bowl: Appears in any episode where the kids travel to a kingdom where its civilians only eat sugary sweets. In fact, this could count as a literal sugar bowl, minus the bowl part.
    • Subverted with the Sugar Kingdom, which looks like this when you're brainwashed but is really a sea of disgusting slime.
  • Tagalong Kid: Nina. That said, she's proved useful a fair bit including obtaining the milk needed for Weee to find the way to the White Kingdom where the team could get the milk and dairy needed to protect bones from the bone-breaking staves of the Tigers during the team's visit to the Yellow Kingdom.
  • Team Pet: Weee, Guardian Purple's and Theo's Guga, acts as this for the team.
  • Title Drop: Happens in the episode "In Search of Energy".
    Lena: Hey! I think I found a name for our group.
    Guradian Purple: What?
    Lena: Nutri-Ventures!
  • Unusual Euphemism: Guardian Orange uses a variety of phrases based on fruits or fruit dishes as exclamations.
  • Urine Trouble: Unintentionally weaponized when, in a desperate escape attempt, our heroes feed Guardian Orange's Guga Ben's candy medal. The resulting urine melts the iron floor.
  • X Meets Y: This Just In meets Dofus
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Until Alex is defeated and food is restored, the Nutri Venture team must flee Grand Land and take shelter elsewhere in the aftermath of Alex's attempt to use the Candyman's brainwashing device on the populace.