A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own is an animated series starring the characters of the Littlest Pet Shop franchise. The stories are set in a place where the pets run the show and have everything they need or want at the ready; in other words, it's a veritable advertising campaign for the brand's toys and accessories. In addition to character strengths like optimism, empathy, and loyalty, some of the pets act in selfish and manipulative ways that rarely result in consequence, which sends questionable messages to impressionable kids. That said, the series is a fun glimpse into how a pet-designed utopia might look and sound.
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What's the story?
LITTLEST PET SHOP: A WORLD OF OUR OWN is set in Paw-Tucket, a posh town designed and run by pets themselves who travel between there and the human world through a magic portal and a key they earn by bringing joy to their people friends. Paw-Tucket is a place that pampers and entertains with spas, fairs, ski slopes, and upscale apartments that cater to individual animals' needs. While pets of all shapes and sizes comingle here, the show centers on the experiences of six friends in particular -- Roxie (voiced by Diana Kaarina), an optimistic terrier; Jade (Ingrid Nilson), a standoffish cat; Quincy (Kyle Rideout), an anxious fainting goat; Edie (Lili Beaudoin), an overly dramatic parakeet; Trip (Travis Turner), a hamster with a silly side; and Bev (Rhona Rees), a box turtle with a sunny and empathetic disposition.
Is it any good?
These cute pets and their swanky digs will appeal to kids familiar with the Littlest Pet Shop toys especially, but it does little to challenge the notion that it's an extended commercial for the brand. The stories are mostly formulaic, and the characters, though diverse in personality, are mostly one-dimensional in their dominant traits (comic relief, exuberance, positivity, nervousness, etc.). The snobby, cliquey behavior of Roxie's social enemies doesn’t help the show's cause much either, given its young target audience.
Kids who do watch Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own can -- with some guidance, perhaps -- pick up on the occasional moment or two with a learning twist of sorts, especially during Roxie's self-reflection. Often when she's faced with a choice between behavior that would impress others and behavior that she knows is right, and the situations are relatable enough to real life that viewers can learn something from her process and eventual decision.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which characters in Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own show positive character strengths and which don't. Do the pets ever deviate from their dominant personalities? Kids: What do you consider your best qualities?
Roxie and her friends sometimes find it difficult to get along with peers who hurt their feelings. Can you relate to their troubles? What are some good practices for when you're in a similar situation?
Kids: Does this series make the Littlest Pet Shop toys more enticing to you? How does what you see on TV or in movies influence your likes and dislikes?
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