TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sweet animated "black sheep" series teaches integrity.

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Educational Value

Life skills are taught subtly, like how to stand up to bullies or stay loyal to friends and family. 

Positive Messages

Friends are important; learning is fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Calimero is loyal; looks for ways to fight injustices. Looking different doesn't stop him. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that animated series Calimero is an Italian import about a little black chick born into a family of yellow chickens. It's a sweet show that offers universal lessons about stopping bullies, being loyal to your friends, problem solving, and other life skills in a way that young kids can understand and relate to.

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What's the story?

CALIMERO is an animated series about a black chick born to a family of yellow chickens. The cartoon, based on the classic Italian character created in the 60's, features Calimero hanging out with his “special” friend Priscilla, and his friends Piero and Valeriano. Together they go to school, learn new things, and have adventures together in the town of Bellagio. 

Is it any good?

This is a sweet show that offers young children a chance to enjoy some cute characters who are close friends and learn a little during their adventures. They readily express their loyalty to each other, even if they have different personalities. and always loyal to each other. Meanwhile, issues like bullying, problem solving, and even sexism are dealt with in CALIMERO in ways that are easy to understand for small children. This contemporary installment of the retro classic, which has aired all over the world in various languages, sends the message that being different isn’t a bad thing. 

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  • Families can talk about some of the themes presented in Calimero. Kids: What should you do if someone is bullying you? Are the ways Calimero and his friends deal with it the right way to do so? What other things do they do together? 

  • Calimero and his friends are all different from each other. How are they able to get along? Do their differences ever cause trouble? 

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