A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animal variety show features footage of animals performing tricks, true stories about animal heroes, and educational material about caring for different types of critters. Young viewers will learn a lot about animals' needs and other related issues, including rescue efforts.
What's the story?
Hosted by comedian/actor Mark Curry, ANIMAL TAILS is a lighthearted variety series that showcases the talents and unique stories of animals from across the country. Pets and their owners take the stage in front of a live audience, and performances run the gamut, from dogs that sing and howl to cats that do back flips and parrots that tell jokes. Other segments feature animal experts who educate viewers on the characteristics of different species, true stories about heroic animals, tips on training and grooming, and more.
Is it any good?
While Animal Tales doesn't exactly break new TV ground, young viewers (especially Animal Planet fans) will probably be entertained -- just remind them not to try the tricks they see on TV with the family pet. They'll also learn handy pet-care information and "meet" some positive role models who are making a difference in the animal kingdom. Just don't be surprised if the show's sometimes-corny tone sends older teens and tweens hunting for bigger game on other channels.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about animals and their needs, particularly those related to family life. How do pets' needs balance with their owners' needs? What happens if a family can't take good care of their pet? What services exist to protect animals? Families can also talk about the featured animal acts. How do you think the dogs and cats and birds learned those tricks? Could your pets do anything like that?
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