Parents' Guide to

Dug Days

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Follow-up animated shorts to the movie "Up" are delightful.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

Awesome series, but not for an easily scared kid

Only 3 episodes in, my 6 years old loves it – and so do we adults! It is a cute, clever series with a positive role model. The dog's expressions and mindset are remarkably accurate. I have to say, it might be scary at times and it is designed that way. Examples (spoilers ahead) would be the "survivor against zombies" inspiration when Dug tries to protect his toys from freaky puppies (in ep2) or the way sound and graphical art are used to represent an unsettling, unknown smell (ep3). Depending on your kid, it might or might not at all be scary (mine had a nightmare regarding the worrying smell, but was willing to rewatch it on the next day to ward off his fear – and it worked). I'd rate the occasional scariness and "violence" (and for that matter, the quality of the animation for each episode) of this series at the same level as the old school, top quality Tom & Jerry standard, even below as far as violence goes. Watched with French dubbing, which is surprisingly excellent and shows how much care went into making this series.
age 13+

Explicit Suicide Attempt in EP 1

In the first episode, the antagonist is a squirrel. When the squirrel is foiled by Dug and looses his nuts he attempts suicide by putting himself in Dug's mouth. It's supposed to be a joke. It's not a good joke for a kids show. Self harm in childrens media is a real problem that has contributed to teaching kids how to self harm at very young ages. In this case it's sort of a "suicide by cop" trick. I'm sad that Disney created this. We all loved this character from UP and would have loved the show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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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