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The continuous adventures of Ivy and Bean adventurously continue with Ivy and Bean: the ghost that had to go, the second of their three-hour outings on Netflix. The first, a story of monumental origin simply titled Ivy and Bean, introduced us to the introverted Ivy and the extroverted Bean, two wildly imaginative little girls who meet and form an absolutely fascinating duo, surely destined not only to rule their idyllic suburban dead end, but also their school, their city. and probably the world. This chapter of their saga sees them attempting to control the teachers’ bathroom at school, which is quite a long story, so let’s get into it.

The juice: First things first: you don’t need to have seen the debut Ivy and Bean to enjoy this, but it would explain why Ivy (Keslee Blalock) has a dead frog in a bag in the refrigerator. Her mother (Jaycie Dotin) is fine with that, by the way, which might tell us something about their relationship if you enjoy reading things. It has been established that Ivy is now best friends with her neighbor Bean (Madison Skye Validum), and they will do their best to remain inseparable at school. Bean doesn’t do anything like normal people would, so they enter the school through a back door of the teachers’ bathroom, and that’s where Ivy sees old pipes banging from the ceiling and thin things sticking out of the vents, and deduces that they are ghosts.

It has also been established that the fictions of our protagonists’ imaginations are often visually dramatized, so there’s a good chance ghosts don’t really exist. But that doesn’t stop Ivy from devising a plan to eradicate them using spells from a rather creepy spellbook and potions made from strange ingredients from her inventory of dead frogs and the like. Eventually there will be a scene where she wears a cape, gothic girl lipstick and eye makeup to cast said spells, and at that moment one might come to the conclusion that she is the most adorable devil-worshiping occultist in the world. television history.

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But let’s not get too far ahead of the plot. He has to introduce us again to Bean’s big sister and nemesis, Nancy (Lidya Jewitt), who is the Smithers of Mr. Burns, Principal Noble (Jane Lynch!) Of this series, who loves extravagant shoes like Scooby and Shaggy love to make shots of bongs that melt the brain. Speaking of next to nothing, we also meet Ivy and Bean’s teacher Ms. Aruba-Tate (Sasha Pieterse), who exacerbates character development by often condemning Ivy and Bean to the timeout carpet, in particular, something Ivy doesn’t have. never had to do before meeting Bean. Ivy determines that a strand of Nancy’s hair, nipped after midnight, is needed for her unholy and devastating concoction for her ghosts, setting off a series of events that includes her part of her toilet-based comedy, literally.

What movies will it remind you of ?: If the first Ivy and Bean it was like an estrogenic take Diary of a lousy boy, The ghost that had to go adds a Captain Underpants-ish wrinkle establishing an extravagant-main antagonist.

Performance to see: Pour one for Lynch, who goes through a scene where he farted multiple times without realizing that the kids are within range of smell to once again play an intimidating character who exists at the sweet spot between the hilarious and the menacing.

Memorable dialogue: Adults watching this series with their children are bound to appreciate the highly recognizable truisms that the parent characters occasionally utter. Example: Nancy really really really wants to pierce her ears, but her mother (Marci T. House) won’t let her. “Honey, I just want some of you not to grow so fast. And for now I’m looking for your earlobes, ”she says.

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Gender and skin: Nobody.

Our outlet: The ghost that had to go features exactly zero close-ups of moldy dog ​​dukey compared to too many of its predecessor, and replaces Nia Vardalos’ petty neighbor character with solid help from Jane Lynch. This is a marked improvement so far.

But it also clutters the proceedings with some of Ivy and Bean’s boring classmates and stages its noisy climax sequence in the jar, where we watch in horror as all the characters don’t seem so disgusted with the idea of ​​overflowing the toilet. as they should be. So perhaps the claim made with the Ivy and BeanYep, hey, girls can appreciate the crass humor too! Which is a dubious attempt at gendered demographic entertainment with equal opportunity, because I’m sure most of us believe kids can to have their worms and their retching noises.

The debut special balanced the dog’s (literal) bullshit with the undeniable sweetness of two children making unlikely friendships and indulging their imaginative impulses, often at the expense of Nancy, who is a little understanding but also kind of a self-centered gluttonous who might use a ball of mud in his face at times. That stuff is less abundant Ghost, but still present between chaos and chaos. So an approximate final balance? Second verse, more or less the same as the first – and so far, so good.

Our call: STREAM IT. The Ivy and Bean the series glorifies friendship and imagination – and mischief, which sets it apart from the usual Disney Channel-style glossy food for the preschool and elementary school demo. It’s not breaking any mold, but it’s fun, entertaining, and slightly offbeat.

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John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work on johnserbaatlarge.com.

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