Breadwinners is a flash animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon. It was originally an Internet video on YouTube, before Nickelodeon took an interest and decided to turn it into an animated series. The series debuted in February 2014 and ended in August 2016.
The series revolves around two anthropomorphic, flightless ducks named SwaySway and Buhdeuce, who are best friends, fly around the water-based planet Pondgea in a rocket-powered van delivering bread to the citizens.
Why It Sucks
- Despite the animation being bouncy and fluid, it can become mediocre at times.
- Weird character designs. Notably, SwaySway and Buhdeuce are supposed to be ducks, but look more like frogs (unironically, they own a pet frog named Jelly) with orange lips; the background characters, who are also ducks, are made from stock photography, similar to Fish Hooks.
- This also happened before with Chop Socky Chooks, which the main trio are supposed to be chickens when they look more like bowling pin creatures with lips.
- Most of the episodes have weak story-lines.
- It heavily overuses unfunny gross-out and toilet humor, mostly consisting of jokes related to butts and fart jokes. Its concept of butts was also poorly-executed.
- The show relies heavily on butt humor. Notably the main duo twerk in almost every episode and Buhdeuce having a special attack move in which he punches people with his buttocks, which is referred to as a "booty kick".
- In "Bye Bye Booty", Buhdeuce's butt literally comes to life and separates from him; the episode also lazily takes elements from the novel The Day My Bum Went Psycho!.
- In "Frog Day Afternoon" and "Adventures in Big Baby Bun Sitting", Big Baby Buns and his parents each have three buttocks, which is disturbing and ridiculous to look at.
- "Rodeo Ducks" shows Buhdeuce having an enlarged butt in front of the audience.
- "PB&J" ends with the main characters doing a "farty punch", which is just laughably nonsensical.
- On the topic of gross-out humor, the violence has explicit-like skinnings, realistic injuries, allergy-induced visuals and violent behavior with weapons. As a result, it feels disturbing to the point where the show feels more like an adult cartoon than a children's show.
- Hammy voice acting, with Buhdeuce's voice acting being one notable example.
- Most of the characters are one-dimensional and unlikable.
- Even the main characters, SwaySway and Buhdeuce, are unlikable in some instances. An example can be with how they aren't afraid of breaking laws and act as being flat-out creepy, with one instance showing the duo chasing others with chainsaws and the other instance being breaking into an girls-only summer camp for SwaySway to force Jenny Quackles, a younger duck, to love him in one episode.
- Oonski the Great is an awful villain, besides breaking through everyone’s homes for their jewelry. He’ll fall in love with every object he sees with female attributes.
- Dumbfounding soundtrack, it's mostly 8-bit.
- The show is so hyperactive that there's not enough moments where the characters calm down or talk in a normal way.
- The pacing in many episodes is too fast.
- A lot of ideas feel too similar to Fanboy & Chum Chum. Also, while Fanboy & Chum Chum had some decent and funny moments, this show rarely has any.
- The distributors of the show don't take kindly to criticism. RebelTaxi gave this show a negative review and it was taken down by Viacom despite fair use.
- They even took down the original pilot on YouTube, despite technically not owning the rights to it.
- Meanwhile, the writers of the show completely ignore criticism. While Sanjay and Craig started out mediocre, it got better over time; Breadwinners only became even more lazily-written (culminating in "PB&J", a rehash of "Everyone Knows It's Bendy" and the controversial SpongeBob SquarePants episode "A Pal for Gary").
- It tries too hard to appeal to children. For example, Buhdeuce will say "Yeah boi!" in some scenes.
- The "Love Loaf" episode. It contains a scene involving an implied rape joke at the end, which is highly inappropriate for its target audience. In the episode, SwaySway, who has a crush on Jenny Quackles, tries to force Jenny Quackles to eat the love loaf (which is essentially a love drug disguised as bread) so that she'll fall in love with him, which conveys a cruel message to children that "drugging someone will make someone fall in love with you" and encourages sexual harassment and... pedophilia, since Jenny Quackles is far younger (despite being a stock image of an adult duck rather than a duckling) than SwaySway.
- There’s also one episode that promotes Mechanophilia in the episode "Quazy for Vanessa". During the song about his love for Vanessa (which is actually the Breadwinners’ rocket van disguised as a girl), he actually wanted to raise a family with the van. It even shows the duck doctor shocked at the newborn rocket-van/beaver hybrid especially SwaySway and Budhuece!
- Creative and interesting concepts, notably the Rocket Van and the "level-up" concept, as well as the premise of SwaySway and Buhdeuce delivering bread to other ducks.
- The animation can be decent at times and is at least better than the animation in the pilot.
- Despite weird character designs, they are admittedly cute.
- Slightly improved by the second season.
- There are some nonsensical moments that come out as funny, like in the episode "Quazy for Vanessa" when half of Budhuece’s face gets scraped on building and SwaySway tells him to shake it off and then his face is completely cured.
- There are a handful of catchy songs, with the intro being one notable example.
- T-Midi, Chief Rambamboo, Jelly, Ketta, and the Bread Maker are all likable characters.
- Some episodes are decent, including "Night of the Living Bread" and the BTSW.
Breadwinners received overwhelmingly negative reviews it currently holds a 2.4/10 on imdb and a 2.8/10 on tv.com and is considered to be one of the weakest Nickelodeon shows ever made.
Saberspark placed the show at #10 on his "Top 10 WORST Nickelodeon Cartoons" list.