A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include being yourself, friendship, not giving up, and pursuing your dreams.
Positive Role Models
The animals are friends, and often work together, but Dave and Pickle aren’t always the most generous among the animals. Kate the zoo keeper is a Black woman, and secondary characters are from all works of life. The monkeys use ASL to communicate; only one is verbal.
Violence & Scariness
The young animals sometimes disagree, and sometimes push or have mild scuffles, but it’s not violent in nature. Ant’eny flies through the air and occasionally crashes into things, but never seems to get hurt.
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The series is a spin-off of the Dreamworks' Madagascar franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madagascar: A Little Wild is a spin-off of the Madagascar movie series. It centers on the now-famous residents of New York's Central Park Zoo when they were young. It's appropriate for younger viewers thanks to its kid-like characters (think Muppet Babies) and positive, easy-to-understand messages about self-confidence, pursuing goals, and friendship. Expect mild disagreements, a few animal scuffles, and crashes, none of which lead to injury.
Is It Any Good?
This colorful and lively series features younger and more innocent characters made popular by Dreamworks' Madagascar. Despite their youth, the original crew of animals feel familiar, even if they aren't voiced by the same actors. But the introduction of the cheeky signing monkeys, who control the exit points to the habitat, makes for a fun and interesting twist. And of course, much of the excitement comes from the gang's attempt move inconspicuously throughout the city, despite the fact that they're zoo animals on the loose in Manhattan.
Like its parent movies, Madagascar: A Little Wild focuses on friendship as well as adventure. There's also some quick banter and dry humor. But they replace the crude humor and innuendo present in the movies with consistent, positive messages about being yourself, not giving up, and being willing to pursue your dreams. The upbeat musical numbers are fun, too.
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