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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Chilean series Horacio and the Plasticines is an animated show (available subtitled or dubbed in English) that teaches life lessons about making good choices, using your imagination, and positively interacting with the world. While there are a few themes that reflect some of the cultural values of the region, they still serve as universal lessons that kids can benefit from. Singing is a highlight of each installment, and CDs featuring music from the series are marketed separately.
What's the story?
HORACIO AND THE PLASTICINES is an animated musical series designed to teach preschoolers day-to-day life lessons. Each short episode features Horacio, a curious and passionate 5-year-old boy who enjoys interacting with his molding clay friends, called the Plasticines. The four colorful sticks help Horacio, his dog Lucas, and his best friend Flo sing songs that teach about things like honesty, coping with failure, dealing with boredom, and helping the environment.
Is it any good?
This lively, colorful series uses color and music to teach kids positive lessons about themselves and the world around them. Each installment focuses on a single idea, and expands on it in order to help young viewers understand it from their point of view. Many of these lessons deal with some very contemporary issues (like finding ways to entertain yourself when your video game no longer works) that will resonate with kids, and the songs are lots of fun.
Meanwhile, some of the lessons, such as taking the time to be with grandparents, reflect some of the cultural values of the show's region. But this doesn't take away from the universal lessons Horacio and the Plasticines offers about being a good, caring person who always strives to do your best.
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Families can talk about the lessons that are taught in Horacio and the Plasticines. Why is it important to think about the people around you and how you treat them? What's the best thing about using your imagination? Are there other things you've learned from the show that you didn't know before?
TV shows from other countries often contain details that may not be as common in the United States. Are there things in Horacio and the Plasticines that seem different from what you see in American children's shows? What are some of the benefits of seeing this?
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