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44 Cats

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Bullyish baddies add edge to musical feline friends' tale.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Occasionally phrases like "I hate you."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 year old Written byAkc1983 July 13, 2019

Not For Little Kids

This show is fine for older kids but really shouldn’t be on Nick Jr. I get that they are standing up to the bullies who are mean and rude to others but let’s ju... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byelrone July 1, 2019

Cute Pre-School Show

The cats are just adorable. My little sister loves this show
Teen, 14 years old Written bymatthewm_06 June 25, 2019

44 Cats TV Review

Really not a great show, dumb concept, poor animation, and so so characters. Would not recommend.

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?

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