Dibo the Gift Dragon
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Friendly stuffed pals encourage sharing, caring, kindness.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids see the emotional benefits of being a good friend and thinking of others' feelings. It's not a focus of the show, but some stories incorporate prereading skills such as color identification.
The series reinforces positive behavior traits such as sharing, caring, and being considerate of others' feelings. Often the characters make the wrong choice first, learn a lesson the hard way, and change their actions accordingly, which makes everyone happy in the end. Some cautionary themes against materialism, as friendship and kindness always edge out objects in value.
Positive Role Models
All the characters have generous spirits, but none more than Dibo, thanks to his power to give gifts to all who wish for them. The characters aren't perfect, but they show they're willing to learn from their mistakes and heed good advice when it's given.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dibo the Gift Dragon has strong messages for preschoolers about kindness, friendship, and compassion. Each story starts with a character being granted a wish by the rotund Dibo, which then leads to some small strife, a lesson learned, and a teachable moment. Kids will love the quaint characters and the vibrant CGI animation; parents will love that the content is wholesome and affecting.
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What's the Story?
DIBO THE GIFT DRAGON centers on a friendly purple dragon named Dibo who lives in Cozy Land and grants wishes to his friends Cro, Bunny, Annie, and Elo by giving them gifts from a zipper pouch in his tummy. Whether it's a lovable new pet or a machine that dispenses treats on demand, no challenge is too big for this kindly dragon. But even with wishes at the ready, Dibo and his pals discover that friendship really is the greatest gift of all.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to top the visual appeal of this darling series and its colorful cast of stuffies, but the stories' messages about kindness, generosity, and friendship are even more likable. There's a vibrancy to the show that emerges without affecting its unhurried pace and will keep kids engaged throughout, which means they'll get the full benefit of the feel-good themes it has to offer.
The instant gratification of Dibo's magical ability is an important talking point for parents and kids, though. There's a lot of appeal to the idea of being handed an item the moment you wish for it, but that's not a reality for most kids. This is a good opportunity to discuss the differences between TV fantasy and real life.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the act of giving gifts. How does it make you feel to give someone a present that makes him or her happy? Does a gift always have to be something tangible, or can it be something such as your time or presence?
How do you show you appreciate a gift that's given to you? When you get a birthday present, do you share it willingly with others? Why is it important to be generous with what you have? Are there exceptions to that rule?
Kids: The characters on this show only have to wish for something to get it. When you want something extra, do you have to work for it? Does that make you appreciate it more when you finally get it?
- Premiere date: February 19, 2013
- Network: Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship
- Character Strengths: Compassion
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: March 5, 2020
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