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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Go, Dog. Go! is a hilarious preschool TV series inspired by the children's book classic of the same name. It follows Tag Barker, a young dog who loves making friends and driving her motorcycle as fast as possible. There's mild scariness as Tag and her friends go on adventures, but the dogs themselves never seem scared or in danger. Otherwise, Tag and pals are great role models and will leave preschoolers (and their grown-ups) chuckling out loud at their antics.
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What's the story?
GO, DOG. GO! is based on the beloved 1961 early reader classic by PD Eastman. The stories revolve around Tag Barker, a friendly six-year-old dog who likes to go, go, go. She talks fast, drives fast, and wants to make new friends as quickly as possible. She's a tinkerer who loves fixing her motorcycle and inventing new contraptions. Tag lives in the town of Pawston with her family -- Ma, Paw, Grandma, Grandpaw, and her siblings. Her best friend Scooch Pooch lives next door, and the duo adventures throughout Pawston on Tag's motorcycle and sidecar. The ensemble cast features many fantastic characters who bring silliness at every turn. There's Lady Lydia who is always showing off a new hat, Manhole Dog who lives in manholes and pops up to speak in a Boston (er, Pawston?) accent, and the a capella group the Barkapellas who narrate everything via song. Tag and Scooch try to solve problems, like dealing with a traffic jam to get to a dog party or helping the new mail carrier dog deliver the mail. Along the way, Tag learns that sometimes it's better to go slow and be patient.
Is it any good?
Go, Dog. Go! will tickle the funny bones of preschoolers and adults alike. It builds off some of the conceits of the original book, like Lady Lydia asking if Tag and friends like her various absurd hats and the usual reply being "I do not like that hat!". There's tons of preschooler humor, like Scooch's tractor being equipped with a squawking chicken horn and Paw Barker's doorbell store, where dogs can buy doorbells to bark at. Tag has a winning personality -- she's brave, curious, and friendly, but not perfect. Kids will adore the adventures and silliness, as well as Tag and her excellent doggy cast mates.
Grown-ups will appreciate the jokes that will mostly go over kids' heads, like Tag breaking the 4th wall to say things like, "Let's see what this puppy can do. That's a dog joke, I'm pretty proud of it." Adults will also enjoy a preschool show that seems in on the joke of its wildly absurd and unrealistic plots. Looking past all the goofiness, grown-ups can feel good about Go, Dog. Go! for its positive preschool role models and pro-social messages.
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- Premiere date: January 26, 2021
- Cast: Michela Luci, Martin Roach, Lyon Smith, Tajja Isen, Patrick McKenna
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: August 6, 2021
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