Looi the Cat

TV review by
Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media
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Incredibly gentle, slow-paced show stars puzzle-making cat.

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Educational Value

This show does a great job of modeling puzzle completion and imagination through play. However, it doesn't go beyond this by explaining how or why the puzzle fits together or verbally explaining how one's imagination can be used to create things. 

Positive Messages

Looi the cat becomes friends with each of the creatures created by his puzzle. They play and dance, but there are no overt messages beyond friendship and a generally welcoming vibe.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Looi is welcoming to the new friends created through puzzles.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Looi is a gentle show for very young kids about a cat who puts together puzzles. It offers storytelling through characters' nonverbal behavior, and new friends are created as Looi assembles puzzle pieces into animal shapes. The episodes are short (approximately five minutes), and its soft music, graceful movements, and pastel colors will be appealing to very young viewers (and not too annoying for parents who are listening or watching along -- always a plus).

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What's the story?

LOOI is a very simple, wordless series for young kids, starring a cat with a wizard hat who likes to play in his pastel-colored room. In each episode he receives a box with puzzle pieces, which he puts together with the help of his magic wand. Each puzzle forms the shape of an animal that comes to life; Looi then has a few moments of play with his new friend, dancing and bouncing around. 

Is it any good?

This gentle series is warm and pleasant, thanks to its pastel colors, pretty music, and animation that gives Looi's world a relaxed, soft vibe. It offers a laid-back viewing experience for very young kids, who may be entertained by what they see, but it will be too slow-paced for older ones. While puzzles are put together based on shapes embedded in them, and Looi ends up playing with the friendly creature that's created, it's not all that educational. Still, it's a fine choice for some quiet-time TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they think the characters are saying and thinking, since the show is nonverbal. They may also be able to guess which type of animal is being created by the puzzle before it's actually completed.

  • Kids: What is your favorite animal? What animal would you want Looi to create next? What would Looi play with that animal?

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