TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild animated series with playful animals, some conflict.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The emphasis is on discovery and fun.

Positive Messages

Themes include enjoying mundane things in everyday life. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Canimals are friends but sometimes quibble. 

Violence & Scariness

Mild fantasy violence such as pushing, falling, electrocution, and occasional hits on the head.  

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Canimals features animated animals living in cans and rediscovering the world. There's some mild fantasy violence (pushing, falling, one accidental electrocution), but no one gets hurt. It's more entertaining than educational, but preschoolers will find the characters, and their fun antics, appealing. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykkkklooo October 17, 2018
Parent of a 4, 6, and 9-year-old Written bycuddle cloud smith August 11, 2018

No sex, kinda some mild violence and rude acts

Well by two days of watching canimals i had seen something NOT meant to be in a kids show. Well first pow the owl likes to hurt and make the canimals fun upsid... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCinnamini March 24, 2020


This is a great show, although your children should be old enough they know not to be bad from this show
Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2019

What's the story?

CANIMALS is an animated series featuring a group of little animals that live in cans and find fun in ordinary things. It features characters in cans such as Ato the beagle; Oz the Persian cat; Uly, a rather clueless pug; Toki, a hyperactive rabbit; and Mimi, a bossy poodle. Rounding out the gang are Pow, a cranky owl, cats Fizzy and Nia, and Leon the chameleon. From wreaking havoc in the middle of the night to trying to get candy out of a vending machine, the Canimals enjoy the world from their unique point of view.

Is it any good?

Each seven-minute episode features the unique animals, much like small children, rediscovering the world around them and finding creative ways to problem solve. Much of the fun comes from watching how they play, but there's some excitement when they get into mild disagreements, too. 

Each Canimal has a unique personality, which is added to after the first season, when they're given voices with the help of actors such as Owen WilsonImelda Staunton, and Hugh Laurie. But, voiced or not, young children will certainly find them appealing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way the Canimals find things to do. Even though they're small, how do they get around? Which is your favorite Canimal? Why?

  • Do the characters remind you of anyone you know? Who?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool learning

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