Wonder Pets!

Music review by
Jan Silbermann, Common Sense Media
Wonder Pets! Music Poster Image
Three animals sing their way as they save the day.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There are plenty of positive messages throughout -- teamwork, doing things on your own, change can be good, putting garbage in a trashcan, taking care of a tree by watering it, and keeping it company by planting other things around it.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Ming-Ming affects a slight speech impediment (substituting "w" for "r").

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these 16 "mini-operetta" songs from the adorable Nick Jr. show are aimed at the preschool set. Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling visit Switzerland, Mexico, England, the South Pole, and Ancient Egypt, encouraging teamwork as they rescue other animals. There are plenty of positive messages throughout the CD (doing things on your own, change can be good, putting garbage in a trash can, taking care of a tree by watering it and keeping it company by planting other things around it), and kids will love the happy tone of the songs. Parents should also know that the actress who plays Ming-Ming affects a slight speech impediment (substituting "w" for "r") that's a little grating and might be bothersome if their kid is dealing with speech issues.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byApostrophes January 2, 2015

Um, no.

I'm glad I watched this before I let my one year old watch it. I DO NOT speak in baby voices or baby talk with my child. Research shows that speaking to yo... Continue reading
Adult Written byshinyhappymommy April 9, 2008

Great lessons in geography, culture, music/opera, and TEAMWORK!

An OUTSTANDING children's show, with really cute animated, photo-realistic type animals, appealing to my youngest (age 3) to my oldest (age 9). The show p... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byphilstucovp April 9, 2008

its amazzzzzing

dude. im 13. and i LOVE the wonder pets. so do all my friends. its cool to act little. and the wonderpets are the coolest. i have apicture of lenny tuck and min... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJigglypuff9 May 17, 2017

Wonder Pets RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wonder Pets is a show for young children. It teaches children to work together, help those in need, and eat celery. As a young child, I spent hours playing wi... Continue reading

What's the story?

WONDER PETS! encourages an exploration of many musical styles, builds vocabulary, and speaks to the imagination of preschoolers. Through their globe-trotting adventures saving the day, Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling also stress mutual cooperation: "What's gonna work? Teamwork!" is their rallying cry. The sophisticated music on the show's soundtrack not only offers an operatic style, but also brings us a catchy calypso song ("To Be Free"), a Gilbert and Sullivan like offering ("Hug a Hedgy"), a Gershwin-style romp (the engaging title of "Wee Wee, Pee Pee, Tinkle"), and even a rap song ("City Garden Rap").

Is it any good?

Penned by some impressive talent -- Larry Hochman (Spamalot), Bobby Lopez (Avenue Q), and Robert Brown (Parade) -- each song on Wonder Pets! is a "mini-operetta" complete with a live orchestra playing an original score. Each sweet mini-story is just the right length to keep a preschooler's attention -- and kids will have a blast dancing and singing along.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the countries mentioned in the CD to learn more about them. What does the Sphinx look like? How cold does it get in the South Pole? What language do people speak in Mexico? Parents can also try singing to kids: "Go to bed!" or "Take a bath!" sound silly and funny when sung -- and kids might actually listen! This CD can be a starting point for introducing classical music to kids. They can listen to other music aimed at kids: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, for example.

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