Lalaloopsy

Common Sense Media says

Cute rag dolls teach great lessons despite marketing ties.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Stories introduce kids to basic concepts of how things work, especially in nature. A character taps trees for syrup; another searches a chicken coop for eggs, for example.

Positive messages

Strong messages about friendship, helping others, and working as a team. Each character brings a unique set of talents to the group, and the stories provide opportunities for them to use their gifts for the benefit of whole. Diversity is a celebrated trait of the friends. While most of the dolls are girls, there are a couple of boys as well.

Positive role models

The characters are exceedingly friendly, kind, and generous with their time and attention to others. Each has a special skill (working with animals, baking, being a leader, tending to boo-boos, etc.) that's illustrated within the stories.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

A popular merchandise line inspired the show, so fans can find their favorite characters in toys, games, books, and on any number of other products marketed toward kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy features characters from a popular line of toys for preschoolers, so the advertising tie-in is a major consideration in gaging whether the show is appropriate for your kids. The show is set in a colorful world around a cast of friendly rag dolls, each of whom is valued in the community for his or her unique talents and personality traits. The stories illustrate friendship, helpfulness and teamwork, all within the context of a challenge that the characters must overcome.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

LALALOOPSY follows the adventures of a group of lively rag dolls who live and play in their home of Lalaloopsy Land. Based on a toy line from MGA Entertainment, the show introduces Jewel Sparkles, Crumbs Sugar Cookie (voiced by Calista Schmidt), Peanut Big Top (Malia Ashley Kerr), Bea Spells-a-Lot (Hayley Stone), and their friends in their colorful world filled with fun. Each day brings opportunities for these pals to learn, solve problems, and express friendship in new ways, all the while playing, laughing, and having fun together.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Based on a line of dolls and accessories introduced in 2010, Lalaloopsy has the markings of a crafty marketing campaign to draw kids' attention toward the toy aisle. There's no doubt that the show's success will translate into sales; one visit to Lalaloopsy Land and your preschooler is bound to find a favorite character and coordinating pet, both of which are conveniently matched with an adorable replica on the store shelves. For parents looking to avoid this kind of hand-in-hand advertising, this series won't do you any favors.

That said, the show doesn't hang its hopes entirely on its existing familiarity with its target age group. Instead it makes a real attempt to impart some likable messages on young viewers, showing how diversity is beneficial to the characters as a whole and celebrating what makes each one unique. From nurses to dancers to budding arborists, these friendly dolls remind kids that it's great to be different, especially when you can use those differences to help others and be a good friend.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes each of us different. Kids: What are some of your unique qualities? What traits do you admire in your friends? How do these differences make your friendships better?

  • What problem did the characters solve? How was teamwork an important part of the solution? How might you and your friends have done things differently?

  • Talk with your kids about what advertising is and how it works. Kids: Which of your favorite shows have coordinating toys or games in stores? Are you more likely to want a product if it has your favorite character's face on it? Does that make it better?

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Teen, 17 years old Written byadvocatewhat'sright June 3, 2013
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2
QUALITY
 

It's alright.

How's this not for kids? Yeah the animation looks lousy but this show is A MILLION times better than Sanjay and Craig (Nick's newest and dumbest animated show ever!). If anything, THAT is a show not for kids. And Max and Ruby isn't bad either!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Educator and Parent Written bycrinna January 15, 2014
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4
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30 min commercial disguised as a show

This show is insipid. I am disappointed with the storytelling, most of which mostly revolves around each character moaning about not being able to put on a party/show/event with some sort of lucky twist at the end, and very little actual problem solving. There is absolutely no educational value unless you want your child to grow up to be vapid and vain. The color palate of the animation is pastel dominated by light pink. I believe that this show could actually be harmful to young girls (and boys opinion of girls, if they would actually stand watching it.) I think the dolls the show is based on are cute, but the moment the toy company decided to put voices to the dolls their low opinion of the consumer became clear.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2014
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10
QUALITY
 

God this show

This show is stupid, Jewel Sparkles seems to be bossy and their is a lot of havoc.

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