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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gabby's Dollhouse is a preschool series in which an imaginative girl transforms into an animated version of herself and hangs out with her kitty friends in her dollhouse. The stories are mildly educational, as the characters dabble in the cooking arts, gardening, science, and crafting in very simplistic ways, but they're always a lot of fun. One dollhouse friend has a sour personality, so his friends spend time doing what they can to counter it rather than letting it negatively affect them. Cute music and appealing mix of live action and animation combine to make this a very watchable show.
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What's the story?
In GABBY’S DOLLHOUSE, a young girl named Gabby (voiced by Laila Lockhart Kraner) uses a pair of magical cat ears to shrink in size and transport herself into her cat-themed dollhouse for all kinds of wonderful adventures inspired by a surprise gift she receives at the start of the story. Joined by her best kitty pal, Pandy Paws (Tucker Chandler), who’s a stuffie in the real world, Gabby encounters other friends -- Cakey Cat (Juliet Donenfeld), Baby Box Cat (Maggie Lowe), Kitty Fairy (Tara Strong), Mercat (Secunda Wood), and even cranky Catrat (Donovan Patton) -- who help her find creative solutions to the problems that she faces each time. When the adventure comes to an end, she heads back to the real world where her pet cat, Floyd, is waiting for her.
Is it any good?
Gabby’s joyous escapades inside the playhouse in her bedroom are so much fun, and kids with a soft spot for felines will love them even more because of how that theme is carried through many aspects of the show. Each day a different problem presents itself, and Gabby turns to her dollhouse friends to help her fix it. Visiting them takes her through the house’s many rooms and gives her opportunities to craft, bake, sing, garden, experiment, and play with them.
Gabby’s Dollhouse is also a place where she and her friends learn about working together, learning from mistakes, solving problems, and being reliable for each other. Each room in the house is a magical world in and of itself, and as Gabby visits them, she and her friends cooperate in creative ways to solve the problem of the day. Although not every attempt is successful, each one teaches them something important, and they’re better for the experience. Original music and an engaging animation style round out this appealing series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Gabby's imagination inspires her adventures. Kids: What are some of your favorite toys for playtime? What kinds of stories and characters do you most enjoy in your imaginative play?
Where do you see the theme of cats carried through Gabby's surroundings? Does it make you like the show more? If your life had an animal theme, what animal would it be?
How do the characters show that they're friends, even when Catrat is being difficult? Why is it important to show kindness to others, especially when they don't do the same? How does compassion feel when it's shown to you?
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