Charlie's Colorforms City

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Preschool show teaches skills, celebrates imagination.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Series emphasizes prereading skills like shapes awareness, relative size (large, small, big, etc.), colors. Charlie uses shapes to construct an object that will help him solve a problem, and poses questions to viewers and pauses for them to consider  answers before he proceeds. Show promotes freeform storytelling and idea that there's no limit to a story or an adventure of your own imagination.


Positive Messages

Charlie's imagination yields stories that are creative and exciting and that challenge him and his friends to solve problems, brainstorm ideas, and meet and befriend new characters. As he considers challenges that arise, he encourages viewers to invent solutions too. Show illustrates benefits of being imaginative, adaptable, curious, and open to new experiences.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Charlie gets excited about using his imagination, and his stories invent fun adventures for him and his friends. He's a great leader and teammate, always willing to confront challenges head on and find solutions using shapes and a little creativity.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The show and its titular character are inspired by the classic sticker toy Colorforms.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Charlie's Colorforms City is a preschool series that celebrates imagination and creative problem-solving while reinforcing viewers' awareness of shapes, colors, and relative size. Inspired by the logo of the classic Colorforms toys, the show follows main character Charlie (voiced by Jacob Soley) as he imagines new places and experiences for himself and his friends. As the story progresses, they build objects that help them overcome challenges. Charlie talks directly to the audience at times, encouraging kids to ponder their own solutions and answers. Themes of resilience, curiosity, and self-confidence are less overt than the prereading concepts are, but they help round out the learning potential in this colorful, engaging series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAngelina33 April 5, 2019

Love it

I love the show my daughter is 2.5 years old and she enjoys watching it she repeats everything and learning so much from the show !
Adult Written bynurse_am May 2, 2019

Love this show for my daughter!

My daughter just turned 3 and loves this show so much. It’s great even for age 2 in my opinion. It’s a fun way to teach shapes and problem solving
Kid, 6 years old August 22, 2019

it's kind of like you're with them

It makes me happy. I really like Violet and Red.

What's the story?

In CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY, Charlie (voiced by Jacob Soley) goes on shape-filled adventures he creates using his big imagination. With his best friends Red (Tyler Barish) and Violet (Saara Chaudry), Charlie finds inspiration in what's around him, and soon a magnificent story is born! As it plays out, he and his friends encounter challenges that they solve using creativity, ingenuity, and the shapes he sees all around him.

Is it any good?

The classic Colorforms mascot is an enthusiastic guide for preschoolers' journey through the wonders of having -- and using -- an imagination. Charlie's world is full of colors and shapes that can inspire kids to identify similar ones in their everyday surroundings, and he crafts solutions to the problems that arise using combinations of those same simple shapes. The reinforced learning potential in this lively show is almost as limitless as is Charlie's imagination.

Charlie's Colorforms City's emphasis on the arts of imagination and problem-solving are less discernable but no less valuable to its young viewing audience. As his stories evolve and new predicaments and opportunities for fun and adventure present themselves, Charlie adapts by considering his options and brainstorming his next steps. It's a thoughtful and methodical process that reminds kids it's important  to think both critically and creatively when challenges arise.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of using your imagination. Kids: Do you enjoy inventing stories like Charlie? How does playing make-believe let you try new things? Who do you like to pretend to be?

  • Parents can help reinforce the preschool skills in Charlie's Colorforms City. What shapes do you see around you? Does everything have a definite shape? How different would our world look without color? Kids: What are your favorite colors?

  • In what ways does Charlie demonstrate perseverance and resilience? Does he ever get discouraged when he encounters a challenge? How would you do things differently if you were in Charlie's position? What other character strengths do you think are important?

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