A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The emphasis is on discovery and fun.
Themes include enjoying mundane things in everyday life.
Positive Role Models
The Canimals are friends but sometimes quibble.
Violence & Scariness
Mild fantasy violence such as pushing, falling, electrocution, and occasional hits on the head.
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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.
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 Wilson, Imelda Staunton, and Hugh Laurie. But, voiced or not, young children will certainly find them appealing.
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