A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Focuses on the power of kindness and offers informal lessons on prosocial behavior such as inclusion, cooperation, and altruism.
Demonstrates the power of kindness and helping others, leading to them helping you, too. Stories sometimes use simple allegories to talk about big themes like prejudice and diversity, and younger kids may need parental guidance to relate what they see to their real lives. Other big messages are explicit and repeated for audience retention, such as "Being kind is never a waste of time" and "Never doubt, it will all work out!"
Positive Role Models
Superbuns is a superhero who uses the power of kindness. The character is an enthusiastic leader eager to seek resolutions through lateral thinking and not discouraged by failure. Buns acts altruistically to help others, showcasing empathy and a genuine love of helping. Big sister and friends are sometimes more fearful and reluctant to experiment but always willing to change their minds -- especially after being inspired by Buns. A few times, exaggerated behavior that shouldn't be replicated is used for comedic purposes, e.g., when Buns has difficulty opening a jar and tries to use a jackhammer to open it after multiple failed attempts.
Buns and sister Blossom live with two moms. Some big-picture lessons about inclusion and accepting differences may benefit from parental guidance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Superbuns is a lively preschool show -- based on the book series of the same name -- where the little bunny Buns saves the day with the power of kindness. She's always looking for ways to help her friends and community, never discouraged by failure. The show is innovative and packs in more comedy than your average preschool show as it follows Buns' efforts to find creative solutions for problems without being discouraged by failure. At times, exaggerated scenarios built for increased comedy might depict negative modeling examples in typical cartoon fashion, but it's never aggressive or violent.
Is It Any Good?
Punchy humor and exaggerated comedy bring in viewers who might otherwise be turned off by what could seem like preachy content. Superbuns' cheeky scripts turn explicit lessons into the stories' high points, often showing unexpected positive results from altruistic actions (expected, most likely, if you're the co-viewer). Superbuns' excitement about kindness is bound to inspire children to take initiative and find ways to collaborate with others. Its heightened and, at times, absurd comedy is unusual for a preschool show and sometimes serves as an allegory to discuss important themes like acceptance and prejudice. These positive lessons will be especially well suited for the cognitive development of older preschoolers who can discuss the show with their caretaker.
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