Parents' Guide to

Bottersnikes & Gumbles

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Beautifully animated book adaptation has positive messages.

Bottersnikes & Gumbles Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Fantastic animation

My boys love it. Good fun and brilliantly produced - in Australia.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Brought to the small screen with spectacular animation, this adaptation of classic Australian books is engaging, funny, heartwarming, and cautionary in an age-appropriate manner. Just as the books are known for taking a creative stance on raising issues about environmental concerns, this series illustrates how two groups of creatures can have an opposing impact on their world. Gumbles, with their sense of community and their outward thinking, strive to keep their home a neat, clean, pleasant place to be, and it in turn provides them what they need. On the other hand, the selfish, lazy Bottersnikes think only of themselves and their needs, and they live among the ruins of that attitude. These simple themes are easy for kids to grasp and don't overcomplicate the stories.

Bottersnikes & Gumbles is also a true visual treat, embellishing in all the right ways illustrator Desmond Digby's work. The details stand out -- from the Gumbles' eclectic home decor to the Bottersnikes' bizarre features -- creating a series that's truly a joy to watch. The Snikes' grumpy natures might concern very young kids, but most will find a magical place where even the most unpleasant of neighbors can't dampen the Gumbles' joyful lifestyles.

TV Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate