A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main character, Dug, is a dog who's curious about the world around him, which allows him to discover new things -- like tracking down the scent of a fire, which in turn, saves the neighborhood.
Sharing is caring. A friend -- even an animal friend -- can help someone get through the day. Protecting and watching over someone can be a way to show love. Loyalty is a gift that keeps giving. Learning more about someone's situation can change your mind about who they are. Enjoy feeling lucky to have someone around. Do good deeds, and you will be rewarded by increasing your self-esteem.
Positive Role Models
Dug's "Poppa," Carl, is very patient and loving with Dug. Yet he sets appropriate boundaries, which allow Dug to develop some moral ground. "I shouldn't, but I must," is what Dug thinks before he escapes the yard to satisfy his burning curiosity. Carl also allows Russell, the neighboring boy, to visit the house allowing him to do the good deeds he needs to do in order to get more "Wilderness Explorers" badges.
Carl, the main human character, is an elderly White man. Dug and Russell, other main characters are also male. Some of the animals and neighbors are female and people of color. Russell is Asian-American.
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Violence & Scariness
Pratfall chase scenes and comedic peril -- dogs chasing squirrels, dog tells jokes about squirrel "getting dead," images of squirrels with X's on their eyes to indicate they are dead.
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Characters from the movie Up make appearances.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dug Days is a series of animated shorts that are spin-offs of Pixar's movie Up. There are a few moments of peril and chase scenes that leave chaos in their wake, and at times characters are slightly injured or worn out by the action, but no one is hurt. The main character, a dog named Dug, thinks about squirrels "getting dead" and has dreams of them lying around with X's on their eyes, as if they were dead. The main adult character is an elderly White man; there's some diversity among supporting characters who appear in various episodes.
Is It Any Good?
Endearing, funny, and clever, this series of shorts is sure to satisfy Pixar fans. Every action in Dug Days is imbued with delightful stream-of-consciousness commentary. Since Dug the dog's voice-activation unit (that he memorably wore in Up ) is still wired to work, Dug's every thought is voiced: "Water is so wet!" "Squirrel!" "Hello, Small Mailman!" The chatty banter is so perky and innocent, but Dug's got a devilish streak too, and that's half the fun. Ed Asner's cantankerous old man is the other half -- he's the perfect foil to, well, everything.
Kids will love following Dug's zany antics and his frenetic dialogue. Parents will appreciate the detailed humor, and might even be touched by the sweet moments. Pixar has captured the magic of the movie Up once again in this delightful series of shorts.
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