By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Bullyish baddies add edge to musical feline friends' tale.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see cat characters jump to help their animal friends with troubles they experience. They stand firm against neighborhood feline bullies, protect their human owner from nefarious schemes of the show's human villain. Recurring themes of kindness, compassion, tolerance.
Positive Role Models
Each of the Buffycats has a special power that's helpful to the group's efforts to help others. They stand for honesty and doing the right thing, and they always defend those who are bullied.
Violence & Scariness
Some comic falls and accidents, and mildly threatening talk from neighborhood bully cats. The show's villain picks on his elderly neighbor, threatens to raze her home.
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Occasionally phrases like "I hate you."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 44 Cats is an Italian series that tells the story of four cats. They split their time between singing in a garage band and running interference against the neighborhood bullies (of both the human and feline varieties). The show's villain picks on his elderly neighbor and sends his own cat friend to do the same among the animal population of the area, but it's the main characters' dedication to extending compassion and kindness to their peers that sticks with viewers after the stories end.
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What's the Story?
44 CATS follows the adventures of four feline friends -- Milady (voiced by Suzy Myers), Lampo (Sarah Natochenny), Pilou (Simona Berman), and Meatball (Erica Schroeder) -- who live in the house of Granny Pina (Marca Leigh) and spend their spare time playing music as a band called The Buffycats. The cats, who get special powers from their human's trademark pasta dish, also task themselves with being the protectors of the neighborhood animals. They stand up against resident bully Boss (Henry F. Benjamin) and his lackeys and help Granny stay one step ahead of her bothersome neighbor, Winston (Scottie Ray), who resents the elderly woman and schemes against her.
Is It Any Good?
This animated series skews slightly older than most shows geared toward preschoolers, and the truly antagonistic baddie comes as a bit of a surprise in an offering of its ilk. Winston comes off as a tantrum-prone manchild who picks on his elderly neighbor and resorts to telling lies to get others to do his dirty work. His feline pal, Boss, does the same for the animal population of the neighborhood.
As for The Buffycats, they're a friendly and comical group with a consistent mission of sticking up for those who need it. Whether it's a lost puppy that needs help getting home or their favorite human who's nagged by an unscrupulous neighbor, the cute felines in 44 Cats have their hearts in the right place and their heads together to always get the job done.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the cats use their unique powers to benefit their group effort to solve problems. How do their different abilities help in different times and situations? How can you tell the cats are dedicated to teamwork?
Do Winston's schemes against Granny Pina ever pay off for him? Why do you think he bullies her? Kids: Have you ever experienced bullying? How can you help combat it by showing compassion and tolerance among your peers?
Why is it fun to watch shows and movies whose animal characters talk? What insight does it give you into specific animal behavior? Did you learn anything about how cats act and why in 44 Cats?
- Premiere date: June 10, 2019
- Cast: Suzy Myers, Erica Schroeder, Simona Berman
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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