A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friends helping friends, family togetherness, and pitching in to help when needed are all featured themes.
Positive Role Models
The town is full of many different types of animals, but everyone seems to get along.
Products & Purchases
Though they don't expressly advertise the Calico Critters toys for sale, the series is populated by readily available, extremely collectible kid's toys and it's pretty hard to imagine a kid watching this and not wanting to take a trip to the toy store afterward.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Calico Critters is a series from Japan based on a popular toy line by the same name (though they're known as "Sylvanian Families" outside of the U.S.). The toys are tiny, flocked animals wearing clothing, and are highly collectible -- the series only makes them seem cuter and more desirable -- so the biggest challenge here for parents will probably be discouraging their kiddos from begging to own every last toy the company makes. Content is very mild, and most episodes (they actually call them "mini-episodes") tap out at around three minutes.
Is It Any Good?
With each episode calling it quits by the three-minute mark, there's no time to get bored even if the storylines aren't thrilling you (and the visuals are so cute it almost doesn't matter). Calico Critters won't win any awards for screenwriting -- the "adventures" here are slight and fluffy stuff -- but they're innocuous enough, with a mellow tone and super appealing visual style that may be just the ticket for families looking to have some harmless fun in front of the TV. Parent beware, however: the Critters come off so charming and sweet in this series, kids may end up wanting to rush out and bring home more of the toys in real life.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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