‘Victor and Valentino’ Review: Mischievous Brothers Lead Cartoon Network’s Mythological Adventure
Beyond delivering fun episodic stories about two rambunctious siblings and their neighborhood friends, each of these tales dips into a mythology that rarely gets explored in media, let alone kids’ Saturday morning cartoon shows. Throughout the episodes, Victor and Valentino encounter fantastical creatures such as Huehuecoytl, a mischievous coyote god in Aztec mythology; La Lechuza of Mexican/Tejano folklore; and of course the legendary Chupacabra. That approach opens up a whole new avenue of storytelling. It also welcomes viewers of Mesoamerican backgrounds while bringing these fascinating tales to audiences who might otherwise never have experienced them.
The emotional core of the series obviously centers on Victor and Valentino, two half-brothers who are a bit of an odd couple. Victor is small, skinny, and rowdy, ready to jump into any situation feet first, even if his ambition takes him a little too far at times. Valentino is big-boned, serious, and sensitive, but always willing to go along with Victor’s antics even if he has to be the voice of reason more often than not. Though we’ve yet to learn any details about their parents–it’s actually not revealed that they’re half-brothers anywhere except in the logline–we do know that they live with their abuela, Chata. She’s a real delight. Equal parts tough and sweet, she’s the lone voice of authority in their lives. Far from being a no-fun stickler for the rules–she goes to a Lucha Fest with her friends and holds a quinceañera for herself every 15 years–Chata instills morals, responsibility, and manners in Victor and Valentino while also acting as a conduit of cultural information. The buck stops with Chata, but Vic and Val, and their incredibly quirky supporting cast of neighborhood friends, will push the limits about as far as they can go.
Victor and Valentino is a rare animated series that’s fun and funny enough for kids but also offers stories worth watching for audiences of any age. Tune in to Cartoon Network to check it out!