As Aventuras de Gui & Estopa
As Aventuras de Gui & Estopa is a Brazilian animated series created by Mariana Caltabiano in 2008.
The series and characters are derived from a 2000 children's website known as Iguinho (a website belonging to iG, a Brazilian Internet service provider), also created by Caltabiano. The site contained games and flash animations, mostly focused on the site’s mascot, also called Iguinho (currently known as Gui, who at first was a cute Westie puppy), over the years, the animations with the mascot developed until they became more and more similar to American cartoons that Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon used to have during the 90s and 2000s, until in 2008 Caltabiano decided to take her characters to television starting with a film that was a compilation of several episodes that later went to by Cartoon Network (channel from which I used to have a strong partnership with iG during the 2000s).
The series has 5 seasons, the first in 2008, the second in 2009, the third in 2011-2012, the fourth in 2016 and the fifth in 2020.
Why It Sucks
- There was an immense flanderization in the characters' personalities, for example Gui became a generic stupid protagonist of some Nickelodeon cartoon, Piti moved from a bully character to a butt-monkey, Cróquete stopped being Gui's love interest and he also became more stupid and a butt-monkey (although not as much as Gui and Piti)...
- Just like Newbie and the Disasternauts the entire show makes massive and unnecessary use of references to pop culture at a point that the producers seem to want to focus more on making references than creating decent stories for the show. Many of the references even consist of forced (and unauthorized) cameo crossovers of characters from other cartoons, most of them even being from Cartoon Network shows which makes the series look more like a channel advertisement.
- For example: has an episode called Justin Bibelo that makes a bad reference to the singer Justin Bieber. The episode Tchu Tcha refers to a dated song made by Brazilian singers João Lucas & Marcelo.
- Despite the effort of the voice actors in the dubbing, it is so rude with many of the voices sounding annoying and forced (the worst example being the voice of Gui's mother) looking like a amateur dub. This is due to the fact that the show has only 3 voice actors for all the characters, one of them being the creator of the show Mariana Caltabiano, who is far from being a professional voice actress (this show is the only one she dubs). Many of the voices don't even match the characters, for example: Estopa and Piti are supposed to be children, but have the voices of middle-aged adults.
- The characters are very stereotyped and one-dimensional:
- Gui is a typical dumb character and the main butt-monkey.
- Estopa is a stereotype of a fat guy who only thinks about food.
- Cróquete is a total mary sue and in season 3 onwards she starts to behave in a mean way.
- Róquete is a rich and snobbish girl that only cares about fashion.
- Piti is a butt-monkey character who would be supposed to be an antagonistic bully, but he is rarely seen doing anything mean and is friends with the main characters.
- Professora Jararaca is just a mean teacher who likes to torture her students.
- Some gross-out moments can be pretty disgusting for.
- It had some of very stupid, dumb episodes, which are so idiotic.
- From the third season onwards the show starts to make excessive use of a scream stock sound, which is unbearable.
- Stiff limited animation for its early episodes. Although this point can be redeemed by the fact that the production of cartoons is something recent in Brazil, having only started to gain prominence in the 2010s, the animation has not shown any signs of evolution since its first season of 2008 and also because of the fact that Mariana Caltabiano has been working with animation since the early 2000s.
- The art style has been declining since the third season, with all the characters not only having permanently sclera instead of dot eyes but having huge eyes practically glued and very thin bodies. It gets to the point that the characters sometimes look the same: https://s2.dmcdn.net/v/JdzOn1VbAJppWJzaf/x1080
- Characters who used to be part of the main cast since the first animations of the Iguinho site like Fifivelinha and Riba ended up having their roles reduced drastically.
- The end of some episodes are quite rushed, for example: "Gui a Cabo", the episode is supposed to focus on Gui losing his sanity and trying to imitate TV shows at school, after the problem is solved the episode ends with a joke unrelated to the theme of the episode focusing on the teacher (in a clown outfit) chattering and Gui saying that this was the reason why there are people who are afraid of clown.
- The season 5 adds a opening to the series that consists only of a narrator saying the name of the series and the names of the characters and random scenes from episodes of previous seasons. The narrator's voice is just awful.
- The show makes an excessive use of stereotypes to define people, countries or cultures. The most offensive cases being the episodes "Japão" (who interprets the Japanese people as weeaboos who walk the streets in cosplaying anime characters) and "Barba Girl" (that shows a racist stereotype that every Mexican has mustaches, even women).
- Misleading title: As Aventuras de Gui & Estopa (lit. The Adventures of Gui & Estopa). None of the episodes show the characters in real adventures, being just a slice-of-life with nonsense comedy. Besides the fact that Estopa is a character that does not have much importance in the series, normally appearing only as a supporting character for Gui in most episodes, Cróquete and Piti have more prominence than Estopa.
- The second season is educational and explains about the Brazilian fauna and the marine fauna.
- Some characters are likeable like Piti and Cróquete (in the first two seasons).
- Ironically Piti was originally supposed to be an unlikeable bully antagonist, however due to the fact that he is the main butt-monkey of the show he is unintentionally a sympathetic character.
- The art styles (in the first two seasons), title cards and the backgrounds are looked so good.
- It had some decent episodes.
- Maiô de Bolinhas
- A Luva de Três Listras
- A Rampa de Skate
- The Dogs in Concert
- It has a well-composed soundtrack, and so as the catchy songs.
- Some of the references are decent (when they are not forced).
- It has some funny moments with decent slapstick, especially in the first two seasons.