A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids learn important lessons about teamwork, friendship, and cooperation.
Teamwork message is clearly and consistently conveyed by animal friends who are "not too big, not too tough, but when we get together, we've got the right stuff!"
Positive Role Models
The Wonder Pets are models of cheerful teamwork and collaboration. They rely on bravery and creativity to save the day, and they appreciate one another's skills and talents.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are in very mild peril.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cheerful, engaging special based on the popular Wonder Pets show on Nick Jr. teaches young kids about teamwork in a catchy operetta format. Classroom pets band together with pluck, humor, and imagination to save an imperiled baby blowfish. Soon after the Wonder Pets themselves are in danger, but it's never too scary for even the smallest viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Two- to 4-year-olds are sure to find the story, the rich and textured animation, and the singing captivating. The action moves along at a nice pace and the songs are sweet but not cloying -- bearable for parents who will be asked to play the DVD over and over again.
Wonder Pets is surely the first TV show for preschoolers that is performed entirely in operetta, where the music is recorded with a live orchestra and much of the dialogue is sung. Very sensitive children might be alarmed by the situation that the Wonder Pets find themselves in, but the episode is handled so lightly and optimistically that they might not even notice. It's sweet to see the mini-trio of marine fans who help the self-rescue along.
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