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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.
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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 Wilson, Imelda Staunton, and Hugh Laurie. But, voiced or not, young children will certainly find them appealing.
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