Dougie in Disguise

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Curious kid's charming travels engage, teach young viewers.

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Educational Value

Dougie's experiences teach kids about a variety of topics, from what it's like to be a teacher to how glass is made. In each case, Dougie learns to look at the world a little differently because of what he experiences by being in someone (or something) else's shoes.

Positive Messages

Dougie's experiences remind kids that through imagination, they can go anywhere and be anything they want. He also meets problems head-on, whether they're issues he faces or those he offers his help on, and he shows he's willing to roll with the punches when the unexpected happens. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dougie is imaginative, adventurous, kind, and eager to learn about new things. His parents are mostly absent from the show, usually appearing only at the end to hear about the things he's done, but they encourage his curiosity.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dougie in Disguise is an animated series about a curious youngster whose imagination takes him on all sorts of adventures in which he assumes different personas inspired by the costumes he wears. Dougie's experiences in each role teach kids about a variety of jobs (artist, postman, farmer) and inspire respect for the people who do those jobs. There also are good examples of friendship and kindness as the characters work together to solve problems and often call on viewers to "help" by answering questions and making suggestions. This simple series is a fun change of pace from today's CGI-heavy offerings. 

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Adult Written byCorymom March 8, 2016

Toddler animated show

Dougie is a young 2 year old boy who loves to use his imagination. He magically appears in new imagination based real kinds of world, and selects and learns abo... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In DOUGIE IN DISGUISE, a young boy named Dougie uses his sticker book to initiate imaginative adventures with his canine friend, Tim. Each episode opens with Dougie rearranging the stickers in his book and using a sticker to inspire a costume and change of scenery that immerses the curious fellow in experiences such as being a lion, a police officer, and a carpenter. His travels introduce him to new friends, too, whom he helps through various troubles. At the adventure's end, he returns home to tell his parents all about what he learned that day.  

Is it any good?

Simple animation and charming storytelling mark this enjoyable series that encourages kids to look at the world from different perspectives. As Dougie dons disguises, he assumes the characteristics of the people, animals, and objects he becomes, immersing himself and his viewers in a entirely new environment. In so doing, he learns about a variety of topics, tries his hand at new jobs, and always lends a helping hand to the new friends he meets.

Dougie in Disguise keeps preschoolers engaged through interactions that test their critical-thinking skills and encourages them to recall details about the story, similar to the format of Dora the Explorer. With excellent examples of friendship throughout and Dougie's boundless curiosity and sense of adventure, this fun series has much to offer its young viewers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different roles Dougie plays in Dougie in Disguise. What responsibilities does he have in each case? Which jobs look like fun to you? 

  • Do your kids enjoy new experiences the way Dougie does? Do they find it easy to make new friends? What are the difficult aspects of being in a new situation?

  • Kids: What kinds of roles do you like to imagine yourself in? Why is imaginative play fun? How does listening to stories inspire your imagination?

  • How does Dougie demonstrate curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

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