Pucca

Common Sense Media says

Obsessive crush borders on stalking. No, thanks.

Age(i)

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What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

The show's focus on Pucca's crush could send iffy messages to kids about appropriate ways to show affection. Violence is also a common method of conflict resolution.

Positive role models

The silly female character obsesses over a boy who clearly has no
interest in her, and when she's angry, she becomes violent, engaging in
ninja battles. The show is full of stereotypical Asian characters.
Adult figures are distant and questionable role models.

Violence & scariness

While no physical harm comes to any character, ninja battles include kicking and weapons (throwing stars, blunt swords, nunchucks). Other fantasy violence features whizzing flaming arrows, logs falling on heads (and cracking in half, leaving the victim unharmed), and falling from heights.

Sexy stuff

The female character makes overt attempts to catch the eye of her uninterested crush. Her unwanted signs of affection (hugs, attempted kisses, moony eyes) turn his face red in anger and embarrassment, but her fixation never wavers.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this stylized cartoon series is hampered by a silly 10-year-old female character whose zealous pursuit of her crush entirely consumes her. When she's not smothering him with unwanted attention (including hugs and attempts to kiss him), she's tapping into her own inner warrior and fighting the bad guys who challenge him. Although his red-faced embarrassment shows his disgust at her advances, he never lets her know how he feels. While the show is aimed at the 6-11 age group, the plot (with the significant exception of the inappropriately obsessive love interest) is ridiculously simplistic and far-fetched for kids that old, leaving only the flashy violence to keep their attention.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Ten-year-old Pucca seems a sweet-natured (if flighty) girl who's content to help out at her family's restaurant and listen to the misguided advice of the three chefs who act as her guardians in her father's absence (he's traveling the globe in search of exciting culinary advances). But when it comes to Garu (Brian Drummond) -- the unlucky object of her affections -- Pucca becomes relentlessly determined to win his heart. She follows him everywhere and stops at nothing to win him over. Innocent Garu, who only wants to focus on honing his ninja skills, finds Pucca's smothering presence irritating -- and it's not long before viewers start to agree with him.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PUCCA chronicles a young girl's exhaustive attempts to win over her one true love, who, despite her best efforts, remains focused instead on his career. But this isn't a soap opera, a dramedy, or even a movie of the week. Pucca is actually an animated kids' series that blends martial arts with a touch of magic and heavy doses of desperate, unrequited love. The mix is a recipe for disaster that will leave parents (especially those with daughters) with a bad taste in their mouths. While Pucca and Garu's problems could be resolved by some effective communication, the situation is complicated by the fact that neither of them speaks in actual words. Inexplicably, they're among the few characters on the show who rely on sounds -- mostly giggles and grunts -- to communicate.

Pucca is plagued by storylines and subject matter that can't find age-appropriate common ground. The complicated love/hate relationship and the prevalence of violence pushes the show toward the upper end of the age spectrum, but the otherwise simplistic plot drags it down and will bore older kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships between boys and girls. What's the difference between liking someone as a friend and liking someone as a boy/girlfriend?

  • How can you let someone know that you like him/her? How does it feel

  • when someone has a crush on you? How would you react if the person you

  • liked didn't feel the same about you?

  • Can a crush be taken too far?

  • This show offers parents the chance to clarify their rules about dating

  • and might even be a starter for the birds-and-the-bees conversation.

TV details

Cast:Brian Drummond, Michael Dobson, Tabitha St. Germain
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old Written byprincesssugarplum May 31, 2009
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

how dare you!

pucca is the cutest, most adorable show on earth. you sicken me.

Teen, 14 years old Written bycowe192 May 12, 2010
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Wow...

"Stalking?" Are you guys serious? IT'S A JOKE. Pucca chases after her crush(who seemingly dislikes her doing that) frequently, but its simple to understand and its loved by people of all ages. The show is funny, entertaining, and, although weird, has a very nice touch to it. There is some violence in it, though, and some sexual references, like "Is that girl mooning us?" when she is, holding the moon, and a character that always wants to look pretty. Other than that, it's perfectly fine for all ages. CSM, you really screwed this one up.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byGetLoudAndShoutYeah April 3, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Omg!

This is a cartoon, you think this is real? It's cute and for the laughter, Pucca isn't 10, she's 11. They make me smile and it shows you should always be nice and never give up, there is some awesome twists, and entertaining for a Korean flash show. I am sad it ended, but it's really cuute!!!!!!!

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