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I had heard mixed-to-positive about Cupcake & Dino: General Services, but a review calling it an awful hybrid of Pickle and Peanut and Breadwinners finally convinced me to investigate the show to see if it was as bad as claimed. And after watching a couple episodes and then watching a bit of Breadwinners and Pickle and Peanut for comparison, I have to say that I really like Cupcake & Dino and consider it far superior to the other two in every way.
The animation is excellent, with an appealing and somewhat cutesy look very distinctive of Pedro Eboli's work. My only complaint about the visuals is that the show overuses stock photos and footage. It's a joke that, while seen in many beloved series like Spongebob Squarepants, can come off as lazy if done excessively and thus threatens to undermine the fact the show does have nice art and animation (why use live-action material so much if your cartoon stuff is so good?). That said, the stock photo usage does match the "random" aesthetic to the series, like the backgrounds of The Amazing World of Gumball.
In writing, Cupcake & Dino actually has nothing in common with Breadwinners or Pickle and Peanut, which are over-the-top with a strong "bromance" tone. Cupcake & Dino actually takes a more relaxed tone in comparison (you could translate the plots into far less bizarre series with little issue), with the duo as actual brothers (with the appropriate familial bond) rather than ridiculously close Heterosexual Life-Partners, making their bond feel more genuine. The show's randomness is more of a visual thing than a writing thing, meaning while the characters' looks feel like they were picked straight from a hat, the episodes' plots are zany enough to be fun without going too far. Cupcake and Dino themselves are also solid characters; they're likeable, always well-intentioned, far from incompetent, and have a good dynamic. The entire supporting cast is pretty enjoyable too; I don't dislike any of them. The show is also good at being funny, with a lot of good jokes and amusing dialogue instead of grossout and toilet jokes (which, while can be done well, are the lowest form of humor IMO). Cupcake & Dino also has heart, with reaffirmations of the title duo's bond as brothers (again, not "bros") being common and a few lessons being learned along the way.
Overall, Cupcake & Dino: General Services is actually a really fun show on its own that executes its concept very well and really feels like it was treated with passion and care by the creators. I personally found to be far less "annoying" than the much-maligned series it's compared too (even then, it's a superficial comparison), and. I would actually compare it more to The Amazing World of Gumball, but even that's still really superficial. I don't think everyone would like it, but it is far from a spit in the face to cartoons everywhere.
"Cupcake and Dino: General Services" may just be one of the worst cartoons that I've ever seen. Jesus Christ.
It basically takes two awful cartoons, that also happen to be 'buddy comedies': "Breadwinners" and "Pickle and Peanut" and throws them into a blender.
Both of those cartoons were really, really bad on their own, but "Cupcake and Dino" is basically the two 'toons combined into one entity, making for a disastrous mix.
It has a similar art style, similar main duo who have a job just like the Breadwinners and Pickle and Peanut do. Cupcake and Dino go around doing the titular "general services", whereas the Breadwinners go around town delivering bread to ducks and Pickle and Peanut are the clerks of a grocery store, respectively.
Combine those two already horrible cartoons into one, and you've got a monstrosity of a cartoon that outright spits in the face of animation.
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