If your kids laugh at anything that contains the words “butt” or “bottom,” they’ll probably enjoy The Crazy Space Adventures Of Princess Sparkly Butt And The Hot Dog Kid, writer/director Brandon Lane’s goofy tale of a princess (Kimberly Persona) who might be the saviour of her world, Picklebottom Five, threatened by forces living on the planet’s moon.
Add a controlling mother (Jane McClelland), a prince who’d rather be a hot dog (D.J. Edwards) and an insect-like monster who isn’t too scary (Ingrid Hansen) and you’ve got lots of crazy characters.
At this point in its development, the show, which echoes sci-fi serials of the 1940s, is hit and miss, with some broadly comic and sometimes entertaining performances – yes, the princess’s butt does glow – and an intentionally cheesy design. The songs, though, add little to the production.