Bunnytown

Common Sense Media says

Music and fun abound, but learning is limited.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The energetic series promotes animation and exposes preschoolers to a range of musical styles, including disco, country, piano, and light opera. Lyrics or dialogue very occasionally include repetitive counting or other simple skills, but on the whole, entertainment outweighs educational content.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that preschoolers will be drawn to the cheerful characters, vibrant environment, and music-laden storylines of this high-energy puppet variety show. There's no shortage of fun to be had with the zany bunnies, but don't expect the show to teach your kids much more than some catchy tunes, since the series doesn't really focus on educational content.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Created by the award-winning team of David Rudman, Adam Rudman, and Todd Hannert -- the Jim Henson Company alums behind the hit series Jack's Big Music Show -- each episode of BUNNYTOWN, a madcap puppet variety show, features a series of silly short stories and high-energy song-and-dance numbers. The series is set in the zany bunny stars' vibrant hometown, where you can find them playing games, putting on concerts, or setting off on adventures that range from riding on a pirate ship to rocketing into outer space. And when they've exhausted their options in their own world, they can navigate underground tunnels and pop up in nearby Peopletown, where they peek in on what the humans are up to. These live-action segments feature oddball characters who are nearly as wacky as the bunnies themselves, including the pratfall-prone silent comedy team of Red (Ed Gaughan) and Fred (Andrew Buckley) and an outlandish sportscaster named Pinky Pinkerton (Polly Frame).

Is it any good?

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Although it's fun-filled and bound to entertain, Bunnytown makes little effort to incorporate strong educational content or other lessons, and the variety-show format creates little continuity between segments and does nothing to expand youngsters' attention spans. In the end, it's mostly a vacation for preschoolers' brains, but at least it's likely to get them up and dancing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the bunnies' adventures. Kids: Where did the bunnies go today? How did they prepare for their trip? What did they discover during their travels? What are some of your favorite places to go? What do you take along when you go? Also, what do you think of the people the bunnies see in Peopletown? How do their clothes and actions compare to those of real people? What do you think you would find if you spied on a group of real bunnies?

TV details

Cast:Andrew Buckley, David Rudman, Polly Frame
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids Musical TV
Topics:Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written bymikewichter April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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My 1 year old Daughter loves this show!

And so do mommy and daddy! This show is very funny, and my 1 year old dances and laughs when this show is on. If she is grumpy, or having trouble sleeping, we put it on, and it makes her happy. Plus, and this is important, it is fun for my wife and I to watch. I recomend this for any young child.

Adult Written bykjcook April 9, 2008
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Funny Bunnies!

My 20 month old daughter absolutely loves this show. I love that it is colorful, extremely well designed, has great songs and is just plain silly! It's one of the few children's shows that my husband and I actually enjoy watching. Sophie's never been a big tv watcher, but this show catches her attention... it's hilarious to watch her dance and clap to the music.

Adult Written bymisc530 April 9, 2008
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Didn't live up to expectations

We (my 2-1/2 year old, my husband and I) LOVE LOVE LOVE Jack's Big Music Show. We can't wait for new episodes, so when Bunnytown appeared, we were very excited. The first show we were a little let down. We love the "bunny parts" of the show, however the actual people ruin it! Especially the Laurel & Hardy wanna-bes and the 60's flight attendant looking reporter. They really
missed the boat. We are trying our 3rd episode of Bunnytown, but really think there is potential. I realize they are the same people behind Jack's Big Music Show but watch Jack and make your own
comparison.

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