A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters use cooperation and imagination to come up with solutions to problems, which usually leads Cleo to consider a new career for her future. As such, kids can imagine the relationship between people's interests/skills and their work. It also illustrates in simple terms what certain careers (chauffeur, hairdresser, etc.) are about.
Viewers see the characters get out of trouble (usually of their own making) with creative thinking and teamwork. Imagination and a sense of adventure help the characters think of solutions to their problems.The show strongly encourages being yourself and learning from your mistakes.
Positive Role Models
The characters' very different personalities bring qualities like determination, courage, thoughtfulness, and curiosity to the mix at different times throughout the series. As the older sister, Cleo is a natural leader who takes charge of the group's adventures. Youngest sibling Cuquin has a strong sense of resilience and creativity. Supportive friends and family members demonstrate compassion and cooperation.
While the show focuses on the oldest sister Cleo and the youngest brother Cuquin -- their other siblings are in supporting roles -- women and girls (including Cleo) are intelligent and confident. But the show's characters are all light-skinned, with the creator and voice actors predominantly White.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cleo & Cuquin is a preschool series based on characters from the classic Spanish cartoon Familia Telerin. It follows six siblings, including the oldest Cleo (voiced by Hayley Maki) and baby Cuquin (Ruben Ray), in their daily struggles and triumphs. Typical episodes show the characters helping each other through small disappointments (feeling sad about losing a tooth, for instance), fixing problems, and embracing new adventures in and around their home. In every case, viewers see a distinct link between cause and effect, a lot of cooperation, creative resolutions to disagreements, and a general sense of sibling camaraderie. There isn't much on-screen diversity, with characters entirely light-skinned, but Cleo is a great example of a smart girl in a leadership role.
Is It Any Good?
This brightly-animated, good-humored show is a bit of an anomaly in that its cast includes six young siblings whose adventures involve one another. It may not seem like an important factor, but Cleo & Cuquin does give viewers a pleasant impression of sibling relationships that work well. Relatable laughs will come out of the kid-size messes that inevitably happen, and there's positive behavior modeling in how the kids band together to solve them.
As one of the two main characters, Cleo usually is the face of what's learned in each story, and she turns it into a valuable learning experience by thinking about its effect on her future. It's another understated quality of this fun series, and one viewers can appreciate -- the value of imagination and role-playing in learning about yourself, your talents, and your hopes and dreams. As Cleo settles on a path for her future (at least until tomorrow!), she encourages kids to consider in a broader sense of who they are, what they like, and what they hope for.
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