A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Recurring themes about self-identity and confidence remind kids that your style comes from inside you.
Kids see the characters embrace and define their unique styles. Strong themes about self-confidence, compassion, friendship, teamwork, and helpfulness. Stylee's experience reminds kids that everyone needs a little confidence boost now and then but that being yourself is always the best bet.
Positive Role Models
Molly, Gil, and their friends have strong self-esteem, and they celebrate what makes them different from each other. Those around them encourage the same with the examples they set. The characters show the importance of helping others and showing kindness at all times.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bubble Guppies: Guppy Style! is an hour-long special from the Bubble Guppies gang that teaches preschoolers about self-confidence and the value of being unique. Positive messages stand out throughout the story, and there are great examples of friendship and kindness at every turn. Kids will love the characters' adventures and the catchy song that's used in many scenes, performed by Keke Palmer, who voices the show's guest star. If your kids haven't watched Bubble Guppies, be forewarned that they'll probably fall for this endearing group of underwater characters and their knack for fun adventures.
Is It Any Good?
This delightful special plays to the strengths of these darling characters, reinforcing the importance of self-confidence and respecting differences. You need not be a fan of the show to enjoy Bubble Guppies: Guppy Style!, which is easy to follow and reflective of emotional insecurities kids will understand. As the Guppies identify their own styles (sporty, country, and so on) along their journey, preschoolers come to understand that you don't have to be just like your friends to get along with them. Even better, by showing Stylee's insecurity about her own appearance, the show reminds kids that no one is immune to the need for friends and a pep talk now and then.
Music is central to this story, and with the talented Keke Palmer voicing the special guest, it's no wonder why. Interestingly, though, the show recycles one song throughout the entire production instead of writing in a handful as is more common. The good news? It's catchy, rooted in the show's positive themes and bound to have your kids singing along by its second or third go-round. The bad news? It's repetitive, which can wear on grown-up nerves. All in all, though, Guppy Style! is a delight, and it does a great job teaching youngsters the value of self-expression.
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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.