Parents' Guide to

Mack & Moxy

By Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Helping others is the goal in cute, colorful series.

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This show is fast-paced, brightly colored, and has so much energy leading up to finding the person in need that the learning moments themselves can seem a bit anti-climactic. Despite this, the desire to help others is a positive goal to model for kids, and the characters are steadfast in their mission. Mack and Moxy's headquarters is filled with goofy antics, and the human scouts they recruit for in each 11-minute adventure are energetic and diverse. Parents will also enjoy seeing familiar faces when the "admirable" appears, as special guests often play these parts (i.e., Rachel Ray, Dean Norris, Keegan-Michael Key).

That said, the stories are short, and with the musical numbers and travel to and from Helpee land, it can be difficult to really get into the plot and what Mack and Moxy are doing to help the person in need. While the messages are repeated often and featured in a wrap up at the end to help ensure learning, some of the vocabulary is a bit over preschoolers' head (i.e., "organized play, resolving conflict, disputes"), which might make it harder for the messages to stick.

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