A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intends to entertain rather than to educate, but it does introduce preschoolers to milestones in a kindergartner's experience.
Kids see Chip navigate new experiences and become more independent as she starts school and is given new responsibilities. She's enthusiastic about possibilities but also has some anxiety about ability to adjust, and in those moments she relies on sense of security from having her friend, Potato, by her side. Strong messages about family relationships, self-confidence, value of asking for help when you need it.
Positive Role Models
Chip is eager to try new things, gains courage as she does so. Her parents and older brother are an excellent support system, help her conquer new steps at her pace and comfort level. Other adults, including teachers and administrators, are similarly supportive.
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.
Is It Any Good?
These BFFs remind kids that friendship can come in the most unlikely 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.
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