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"Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island!": Déjà Vu All Over Again

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When I sat down and watched Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, I had the strangest feeling of déjà vu. Something seemed really familiar. Wait— everything was really familiar.

Fred, Greenrind, the bananas, Bingo, and a Tazmanian strawberry.
Literally within moments, the similarities to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants started hitting me like a ton of coconuts. Coconut Fred lives on a tropical postcard island with a variety of talking fruit. These characters include Slip and Slide the bananas, Bingo Cherry, Wedge the Lemon, Bunga Berry and Mr. Greenrind, a watermelon wearing a cruise captain’s outfit who is constantly adding to his list of island rules.

What really made me roll my eyes, however, was Fred himself. Voiced by Rob Paulsen, he sounds way too much like Spongebob for my liking. Long lost cousin? Who knows.

The first episode included two separate stories. In the first, titled “No News Is Good News,” Fred’s crazy plan for the day is to be a lifeguard. But Bingo can’t swim, and ultimately they have to settle for writing “newspaper articles” (whatever comes to mind) and hucking them at other residents of the island. Stuff happens (I was bored), and eventually Fred ends up as a lifeguard—after something involving pogo-stick pirates, aliens, and a giant octopus.

Part two, “Master of Disaster,” starts off with Fred goofily mucking up one of Wedgie Lemon’s many attempts to escape the island. As before, Fred has “exciting plans” for the day. Thus the wacky mishaps continue: This day is the third Wednesday of the month—and silly hat day. It just so happens that Melvin the farting volcano is also going to erupt. More stuff happens (like I said before—it’s surprisingly boring for a ten-minute cartoon) and as usual, all ends well.

My kid sister is a SpongeBob SquarePants fan and I thought that was one of the most random shows out there. This show takes the cake and throws it in your face. I can hardly find a plot, and the show is chock full of weird things like pickle clowns, Manicorns, alien invasions and similar stuff.

The look of the animation is not too far off from SpongeBob either. It’s bright, colorful and at times can seem blocky. Fred defies gravity and he can even pick up his own head and shake it around.

Alas, I cannot really recommend watching this show unless you’re in the very young target audience. The fact that it is not as original as it could have been was a real turn-off. Even younger children will probably catch the similarities if they’ve seen the “source material.” Will they still be entertained? I only wonder. Ten minutes at a time for me was painful to endure. Though one can hope merchandising for this program is mild. We’ve had enough nautical nonsense for one decade.

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