By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Girl's bullying behavior overshadows pup's fun adventures.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The characters are friendly toward each other, though there's also an air of mischief that causes some chaos. One character jumps into new situations without a second thought, which often has negative consequences.
Positive Role Models
Petunia is demanding and a little whiny, and she's slow to forgive naive Loopdidoo's honest mistakes. For his part, the dog faces challenges head-on and sticks with them even when they overwhelm him. Oodles has a lukewarm affection for Loopdidoo but also plays his nemesis in many cases.
Violence & Scariness
Some falls and other accidents that look painful at the time but don't seem to bother the characters much.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Loopdidoo is an animated preschool series that centers on the adventures of an excitable dog and his young human, Petunia. There's no rhyme or reason to the course of each episode, which makes every turn a surprise. Kids will love this, even if it means the characters' adventures bear little resemblance to real life. Expect some tumbles and spills and occasional intentional mischief on the part of Loopdidoo's nemesis. More concerning is how unkindly Petunia sometimes treats Loopdidoo, which borders on bullying but never seems to bother him.
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What's the Story?
LOOPDIDOO tells the adventures of an eager pup and his 5-year-old human, Petunia. Each day is a new slate for these two best pals, typically bringing much mischief along with fun times together. Sometimes they're joined by Loopdidoo's feline nemesis, Oodles, who keeps the doggy on his toes with his antics.
Is It Any Good?
Based on a comic book, this animated series reflects the carefree emotions of childhood. Petunia and Loopdidoo team up for adventures big and small, always with the happy-go-lucky sense that all will be right in the end. And for the most part, it usually is, even if Loopdidoo's enthusiasm leads him into some ill-advised notions. Even funnier are the segments that feature a flea family residing on Loopdidoo himself, hanging on for dear life as the dog's adventures take wild turns.
There's also lots of yelling and shrill arguments that parents might find unpleasant. Kids will like the stories' humor and the camaraderie between this pup and his spunky human, but there are some moments that show her to be less than reciprocal to his unconditional affection. She can be demanding impatient, but it never seems to bother him much. Even so, it's a good opportunity to talk about the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it means to be a friend. Do friends always agree with each other? How do they show they care? Is it ever difficult to be a friend? Are sibling relationships more or less complicated than friendships?
How does it feel when someone disregards your feelings? Is it always appropriate to talk to that person about it?
Kids: What makes the relationship between people and their pets special? Does your family have pets? What do you have to do to care for them? Are there ways they care for you in return?
- Premiere date: June 24, 2008
- Network: Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: August 26, 2022
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