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Charlie and Lola

Brit siblings set good examples; great for kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Themes include communication and compassion. 

Positive role models

Siblings are very courteous of one another's feelings and are articulate when expressing their feelings. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Charlie and Lola is a delightful cartoon is beautiful, the characters are charming and funny, and the stories are simple and sweet. It's a great show for parents and kids to watch together and can inspire not only laughter, but also creative projects based on the wonderful, collage-like animation.

What's the story?

CHARLIE AND LOLA is based on a series of books by Laura Childs. From across the pond come two articulate siblings who are utterly disarming with their English accents. Their voices and character bring to life the stories and animation of the books from which they were born. Charlie is a sensible 7-year-old, and Lola is his younger sister. She's dramatic and adorable -- when she decides she wants to be cast as the sun in the school play, nothing will stop her, not even being told she didn't get the part. Her brother helps guide her decisions and always gets a laugh out of his sister's antics.

Is it any good?


The show's animation is beautiful; its simple drawings interspersed with real photographs give the show the look of a collage. The stories in Charlie and Lola are simple and sweet, with Charlie helping Lola to get to school on time, feel better when she's sick, and get over being cast as a leaf.

Lola always finds the positive side to her situations -- and Charlie is always there to guide her. Both parents and kids will adore this brilliant program.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Charlie and Lola. Is it reflective of your family? What can your kids learn about consideration from this show? Do your kids watch out for one another? What do your kids think about the series' animation and artwork?

  • How do Charlie and Lola demonstrate communication and compassion? Why are those important character strengths?

TV details

Premiere date:October 3, 2005
Cast:Daniel Mayers, Morgan Gayle, Ryan Harris
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
Character strengths:Communication, Compassion
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byChert July 29, 2009

We watch it again and again, happily.

The Minnow doesn't watch much television. When she does, it is usually a Charlie and Lola. Eleven minutes of pure fantastic fun. Great graphics, great music, no wacky antics or hit-you-over-the-head lessons. Just a five-ish year-old girl and her nine-ish year-old brother, using their imaginations to enjoy themselves. Lola can't check out the library book she loves and Charlie helps her choose another one. Lola wants to be the bigger one so she can go on the big kid amusement park ride and Charlie pretends to be the little brother so she can see how it feels. Lola wants it to snow every day and Charlie takes her on an imaginary trip to the North and South Poles. Lola and her friend Lotta want to play pretend and Lola has forgotten her suitcase of props. They search the house for other things to pretend with. It's the right mix of simple stories, totally believable emotions, and compelling graphics (all done in black crayon and collage).
What other families should know
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Parent of a 5 year old Written byBPBury1970 January 19, 2011

Toddler through kindergarten; older kids won't be as interested

My 5 year old son loved this when he was 2-4, but he doesn't watch it much anymore. He hasn't dismissed it as too young for him, but I can see that coming soon. It's a really neat show in that these are kids with actual personalities who are fun to watch. Because they use actual kids for the voices, they change actors every so often. To me the writing has diminished in quality from the first few seasons (yes, I'm seriously saying that), and I kind of identify the quality of the show with which voice actors are doing the work. "Oh, this is the first Charlie. It's pretty good." The earliest seasons have the most charm and character to them. They're just very pleasant to watch.
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bysmi34563 June 26, 2009

Great for my toddler & I like it too.

Role models for healthy sibling relationships and young friendships. There is an added plus of culture b/c it's a brit family. My almost three year old loves their funny personalities. It's a show that I def don't mind watching with her! The books are wonderful too.
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