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Hard to get into after the terrible character introduction.
Normally I like kid shows and enjoy childish funny things. But there are multiple annoying things about this movie, but the worst of all is the main character's introduction of herself where she proclaims a passionate stand against good food that looks nice. She very "boldly" refuses to eat the beautiful version of a tomato sandwich prepared by her mother's chef, because it's open face, appears to have some other elements added (probably basil), and because there is a tomato carved to look like a rose on the plate. Instead, she insists on eating a regular sandwich that is just plain sliced tomatoes. The chef responds by saying that she has the food appreciation of a two year old, and the viewer who is perhaps meant to side with her, or somehow identify with her on this, rather tends to agree more with the chef... she does seem to have the appreciation for good food that a two year old has. Actually, some babies have more appropriate willingness to eat what's put in front of them. This character is supposed to be what, like in middle school and she's acting this way? Extremely bratty, ungrateful, immature behavior. Right at the beginning.
The quote that she and the nanny say also doesn't contextually make any sense, but is used as a way to make a point against the chef and to make the point that she won't eat his fancy sandwich. Later her father also doesn't want to eat an orange because it's sliced into the shaped of a bird, and so the orange gets thrown away and the father opts for a banana. This is frustrating because it seems to be depicting that the chef is somehow being silly by expecting them to eat food that he's spent time on, when he is just doing his job and doing what he loves, and they are literally throwing food away. Since I grew up in a 3rd world country, I find that somewhat atrocious.
These scenes gave me a strong and unshakable sense of the main character being extremely over privileged and spoiled. This made the rest of the show harder to get into, since I wasn't able to identify with the main character at all. Rather than being introduced as a character with moral integrity, who cares about real issues like world hunger, or something like that, or even wanting to make the world a better place for those around her, she is instead introduced as a spoiled brat who protests having to eat anything that looks nice or has flavor complexity.
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