Littlest Pet Shop

Common Sense Media says

Product tie-ins dominate so-so cartoon.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This title is meant to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The story shows how challenges can be turned into opportunities as Blythe embraces her new home, makes new friends, and learns new things about herself. Diversity abounds among the animal cast members and the humans, and the variety of personalities is seen as a positive attribute. Mean girls use their status to tease their classmates about their appearances and their actions, but they typically wind up looking the fools in the end.

Positive role models

Blythe is creative, goal-oriented, caring, and level-headed, and she stares down peer pressure from a couple of mean peers, favoring instead quality friendships with her diverse inner circle. The animals illustrate how group members can be very different individuals, but still get along and appreciate each others' unique qualities. Blythe's dad isn't a constant presence in the show, and when he is there, he's more scatterbrained than in tune with her issues.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The show is inspired by an existing product line of toys, books, games, video games, accessories, and a website.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Littlest Pet Shop stars animated versions of characters from a popular toy line, so if your kids aren't already familiar with the tiny doe-eyed pets, they'll surely take note of them after watching the show. Two mean-girl types berate their peers, ragging on their clothing, their hobbies, and their choice of friends, and plotting mean-spirited pranks against them. On the plus side, the show's altruistic central character welcomes adventure, stays true to her values, and shows devotion in her new friendships with both her peers and the neighborhood pets, and her strength of character stems from a close relationship with her single-parent dad.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

LITTLEST PET SHOP follows the adventures of Blythe Baxter (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) as she and her dad move to a new apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop, a one-of-a-kind day camp for animals. Blythe strikes up a friendship with the animals after she realizes she can communicate with them. From abstract artist Minka Mark (Kira Tozei) to shop comedienne Pepper Clark (Tabitha St. Germain), this is a menagerie unlike any other, and with such diverse personalities under one roof, there are bound to be adventures and laughs all around.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Littlest Pet Shop hangs its hat on the appeal of its bobble-headed animal stars more than on content that might outshine its well-known cast, betting that kids will keep coming back for more because they feel affection for the characters. It's a win-win position for the show -- if your kids already like the Littlest Pet Shop toys, then they'll be drawn to watching them in action onscreen; if not, then watching their personalities develop will endear one or more of them to kids and almost guarantee that will translate into sales of toys, games, and other products. It's a tricky issue that influences parents' decisions about the media their kids consume, and ultimately it boils down to kids' susceptibility to this kind of imbedded advertising.

Blythe is the shining star amid otherwise run-of-the-mill characters and frivolous content of the show, and in her, kids (and girls in particular) will find a model of integrity, self-confidence, loyalty, and creativity. Even though she's faced with a difficult situation in being the new kid in town, she stays true to her values and seeks out friends who accept her for who she is. In so doing, she's able to show kids the importance of liking yourself and resisting pressure to change for the sake of an "in crowd."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about brand names. Kids: Were you already familiar with the Littlest Pet Shop toys? Does watching this show change your interest in them? Where else do you see or hear the toys' brand names in your daily life?

  • Do you have a favorite pet shop character in the show? What appeals to you about him or her? What makes him or her different from the others in the store?

  • How does being able to talk to Blythe help the animals? How does it change her feelings toward them? Why is it important to get to know a person before making a judgment about him or her?

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Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2012
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7
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What is wrong with you people

This show is one of the best shows i've ever seen! Why? I like Russel Ferguson because he solve problems. He's nice and the shows always have happy endings. But there are too many commercial breaks. After the theme song, of course. 3 total. Good show :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written byTheBeatlesPkmnFan42 February 18, 2013
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4
QUALITY
 

It's up there along with MLP

Another great show on the Hub. Much like MLP:FiM, this show is made to be likable by people of all ages. The characters are likable, and guys will be able to like it due to three of the pets being males. Blythe is a pretty likable character, since she makes some pretty common mistakes, and her ability to talk to and understand animals is an interesting thing I'd love to have explained later in the series. I've seen every episode so far, and watch new ones as they come out. The show isn't really "educational", but does have positive things. I recommend checking it out if you enjoy My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as Daniel Ingram, the man who makes the music for that show, makes the music in this one as well. 8/10
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 16 years old Written bymike-numbers December 23, 2013
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2
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Bad for families to watch.

Not A good show to watch, for everybody. This show was made for money and toys.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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