A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Musical content appropriate for preschoolers, which identifies and explains things like what constitutes a beat, what the blues are, what a rest in music is, and how rhythms are made. Characters have names relating to music: Harmony, Melody, Maestro Moon, and of course Do, Re, and Mi.
Friends of all abilities work together to create good things. Being patient with your friends is the right thing to do. Help your friends when they have strong emotions like fear, sadness, or when they're missing people. Singing together can ease fears. Be optimistic. Ask for help. Listen to your body. Use your body to make music. Be curious. It's okay to be afraid. Be yourself.
Positive Role Models
Maestro Moon and the dance teacher, Flora Flamingo watch out for Do, Re and Mi, asking how they are doing and if they need help. The birds sometimes struggle with challenges but always rise to the occasion.
There is diversity among the voiceover cast in this show, but since the characters are birds, it's not obvious.
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Violence & Scariness
Mild peril in the form of falling and head-bonking.
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Products & Purchases
There will be toys on the shelves for preschoolers in association with this series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Do, Re & Mi is an animated musical series geared towards preschoolers. Do, Re and Mi are birds who work together to craft new projects, learn about music and dance, and help each other through challenges. Messages about things like grief and body awareness are scaled down to preschool level, with gentle reminders that friends should be patient and supportive of each other.
Is It Any Good?
Cheerful, frenetic, and full of good lessons, this musical show has great talent behind it. No, the plots aren't terrifically complex or engaging in Do, Re & Mi, but the music's pretty darn good. A character who misses her friend very badly is taught how to sing the blues (and in this case, award-winning singer and actor Bell does the singing), and she really belts a bluesy song, which feels unique for the Elmo set, but also feels right.
The lack of parents and family seems a little like a short cut, allowing the show to focus on friends and music, but the lack of family makes the show more abstract for youngest preschoolers whose lives are focused on family and caregivers. Nonetheless, kids will enjoy the high-quality music, and parents will appreciate the talent behind the voices.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.