By Ashley Moulton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Gentle, colorful, and calming show has a Teletubbies vibe.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Storylines teach vague lessons about emotions and friendships, but lack of language and repetition will likely make it hard for kids of the target audience to learn from the show.
Characters model being good friends and that it's okay to have emotions; themes and takeaways are not always explicitly stated.
Positive Role Models
Characters model positive socioemotional skills but their actions are not made concrete enough for super young kids to learn from.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Buddi is an animated series geared towards the very youngest children. The brightly colored characters talk to each other via baby babbles and don't speak actual words. The show has a high visual impact with its bright colors and fantastical worlds, and a pleasant score where every action is accompanied with a musical chime or sound effect of some sort. Characters loosely model positive lessons around friendship and emotions, but the lessons may be too abstract for very young kids to grasp.
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What's the Story?
Five brightly-colored friends (Cini, Kelta, Vihi, Puna, Iso) explore their fantastical home BUDDI Kotti. Each 12-minute episode is actually two separate 6-minute storylines, and each story is very simple. The friends might be playing with a marble which they lose and then find again, or they might be playing outside when they are interrupted by a rainstorm. They model positive behaviors like cheering up a friend when they're sad, sharing a toy, and openly displaying emotion. The characters don't speak words, so their emotions are displayed through a mixture of facial expressions, baby babbles, the musical score, and in the case of the Cini character, a digital thought bubble that pops above its head.
Is It Any Good?
This show is the 2020 equivalent to Teletubbies: it is likely to delight very young children but not teach them a ton. The design is stunningly beautiful with the characters' vibrant colors and candy-like scenery, and its musical soundscape is similarly pleasant. Each episode is one continuous string of musical chimes and sound effects. Toddlers will enjoy the characters' voices, which are kind of like digital baby babbles (think if Wall-E was a baby).
While the show is very much benign, its loose themes of friendship and emotion are not likely to be absorbed by its young viewers. The characters don't talk, and the shows are so short, that the very vague lessons like "share toys with your friends" are not concrete enough for this age group.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Talk to your kids about which characters are good friends. What makes them friends? Why do you like your friends?
What do the characters on Buddi learn? How do they express their emotions?
- Premiere date: March 20, 2020
- Cast: Greta Jameson, Ralf Jameson, Clementine Laikin, Felix Laikin
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: June 4, 2023
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