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Chip and Potato

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Sweet friendship helps young pup face new experiences.

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age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does introduce preschoolers to milestones in a kindergartener's experience.

Positive Messages

Kids see Chip navigate new experiences and become more independent as she starts school and is given new responsibilities. She is enthusiastic about the possibilities but also has some anxiety about her ability to adjust, and in those moments she relies on the sense of security that having her friend, Potato, by her side. Strong messages about family relationships, self-confidence, and the value in asking for help when you need it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chip is eager to try new things and gains courage as she does so. Her parents and older brother are an excellent support system and help her conquer new steps at her pace and comfort level. Other adults, including teachers and administrators, are similarly supportive.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chip and Potato is an animated series about a young pup whose friendship with a secret pal helps give her the courage to face new experiences. With her mouse bestie, Potato (voiced by Andrea Libman), tucked away in her pocket, Chip (Abigail Journey Oliver) enthusiastically starts school, makes new friends, and becomes more independent. Viewers see that Potato's presence gives Chip a sense of security that helps her be brave, which then improves her self-confidence and her outlook on doing even more new things. She also learns the value of asking for and accepting help when she needs it. This sweet series presents a positive image of family support, navigating transitions, and growing up.   

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDanWa June 10, 2019

Kicked this one to the curb after 1 Episode

I have major issues with shows that teach children it's okay to lie and especially to their parents (that's why my kids are not allowed to watch Word... Continue reading
Adult Written byMamaMitchell June 15, 2019

Positive vibes but not a fan of lying

This show is full of warm fuzzies. The situations are pretty realistic (first day of school, swim lessons, first sleepover jitters, music lessons, chores, etc.)... Continue reading

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What's the story?

CHIP AND POTATO follows the adventures of a young pug named Chip (voiced by Abigail Journey Oliver) and her best friend, Potato (Andrea Libman), a mouse whom the rest of the world believes to be an ordinary stuffed animal. As Chip starts kindergarten and tries all sorts of new "big kid" things, she finds encouragement and support in her parents, her older brother, and, of course, her bestie, Potato.

 

Is it any good?

These BFFs remind kids that friendship can come in the most unlikely of shapes and sizes, and it need not make sense to anyone else to be a powerful force in your life. As Chip spreads her wings at school and in her community, she's constantly reassured by the presence of her joyful mousy tagalong, who tucks away into a snuggly cocoon on cue to protect their secret. Potato's loyalty gives Chip a sense of security that allows her to face new challenges with courage and determination.

Even though their relationship is Chip and Potato's main focus, Chip's support system also includes her parents and her doting brother, Spud (Chance Hurstfield), plus the many new acquaintances she makes. This sense of community is a focus of the stories that remind kids of the value of trying new things and asking for help when it's needed, as well as the growing self-confidence that comes of succeeding in new endeavors.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Chip and Potato's relationship. Why do they keep Potato's identity a secret? How does Potato help Chip get through difficult times? Are there certain toys or items that provide a sense of security for your kids?

  • How does Chip model courage and determination? Why are these valuable qualities to have? Is she always brave, or does she struggle at times? Who in her life acts as a role model to help her be brave?

  • Kids: In what ways does your family resemble Chip's? If you have siblings, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing with them? How do your parents help you when you face challenges?

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