A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Each story has a message to share with kids, illustrating themes such as positive self-esteem, showing compassion, and being a good friend. The show is set in a community of fairy-tale characters and incorporates aspects of each one's classic story into these brand-new ones.
Positive Role Models
All the characters are friendly and kind, with the occasional exception of the Big Bad Wolf, who sometimes takes a selfish stance on his actions. Goldie and Bear especially illustrate many qualities of good friends in their shared adventures.
Products & Purchases
The show is inspired by classic fairy tales, so viewers may be interested in hearing (or watching) the originals.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Goldie & Bear is a preschool series inspired by classic fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and, of course, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The show assumes viewers' working knowledge of the characters' original stories and often references them (the "porridge incident" and the Big Bad Wolf's feisty temper, for instance), but kids can easily follow what's going on without prior knowledge, and they may want to hear the backstories after watching. Where infamous villains exist, they're far less threatening here than they are in the originals, coming off more grumpy and self-indulgent than truly mean. Friendship, kindness, and helpfulness are recurring themes in this enjoyable CGI series.
Is It Any Good?
This vibrant series is a win-win for kids; those who know the classic tales will enjoy this creative continuation of the stories, and those who don't will get a sweet first glimpse at the characters. As with any reinvention of a longtime favorite, some liberties are taken in the writing (the middle of the three pigs is a girl, for instance), but overall the show does an excellent job blending the characters into a cohesive cast while still retaining important aspects of each one's story.
Such a friendly group of characters makes easy work of Goldie & Bear's heartwarming messages, and fun songs emphasize each episode's theme. It's also a safe bet that Goldie & Bear will pique your kids' curiosity about the classic fairy tales that inspire it, which bodes well for finding material for family reading time.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.