A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Keep pushing forward. Never lose sight of your goals. Fight for what you want. Cherish your friendships. Work together.
Positive Role Models
Ollie and Billy will stop at nothing to reunite. Billy's mom values and supports his youth and imagination. Rosy and Zozo have Ollie's back.
Cast includes people of diverse backgrounds, from thrift shop owner Flossie to Billy's mom, who is Latina.
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Violence & Scariness
Ollie must overcome dangerous obstacles in his quest to reunite with Billy. In one scene, Zozo nearly gets devoured by a vicious dog.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Billy's parents embrace and share a kiss.
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Some cursing, like "damn" and "hell." In the pilot, Flossie yells at her dog, "Buttons, get your ass in here!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost Ollie is a live-action/computer-animated miniseries based on the book Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce. Written for screen by Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings) and directed by Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), the four-episode miniseries tells a story that will undoubtedly pull on the heartstrings. It deals with tough issues like loss, bullying, and leaving childhood behind. Though Ollie and his sidekicks are stuffed animals, this show is not best suited for the youngest viewers, as there is some cursing ("damn," "hell," "ass") and dangerous obstacles that Ollie and his friends endure that can be frightening. For example, Zozo, a clown figurine who befriends Ollie, is mauled by the thrift store owner's vicious dog.
Is It Any Good?
This heartfelt story of childhood is apt for both kids and adults. Lost Ollie combines cool cinematography with moving storytelling, and the result is a suspenseful tearjerker that will get viewers to keep watching as they also look within. The story is very dark -- both visually and in subject matter -- and it can sometimes move slowly; however, these intentional choices force the viewer to focus on the character development. Ollie and Billy are characters that are easy to fall in love with, root for, and relate to because we've all lost something or someone. Though some of the southern accents are a bit unauthentic, the moving messages about childhood, youth, and growing up are honest. Young viewers will likely enjoy the plot and visuals while older viewers may watch for nostalgia -- and learn a little bit about themselves in the process.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.