A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Chimps in the zoo use sign language to communicate with everyone.
Be on your best behavior. Be good. Open your heart to help people. Do good deeds. Being together is more important than having things.
Positive Role Models
Melman tries to do good deeds in order to get more gifts, but then realizes than doing good deeds for thier own sake is the most important thing.
Strong diverse representation, including people and animals of different racial, ethnic, cultural, class, and ability background. This holiday special has Christmas and Hanukkah symbols that crop up throughout the New York City backdrop.
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Violence & Scariness
Some crashing or banging into things, slight peril with falling. Nothing scary or aggressive.
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Products & Purchases
Part of a larger franchise, there's lots of merch available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madagascar: A Little Wild Holiday Goose Chase is part of the Madagascar franchise. There are spoken references to Christmas and symbols referring to Hanukkah in this New York City-set cartoon. Expect mild peril -- characters bang into stuff, fall off of things, etc. -- but no aggressive behavior. The special has themes of being naughty and nice and explores the idea of being good to get rewarded vs. being good to be good. It has a pretty diverse cast of humans and voice actors, though male characters definitely get more talking time than women characters do.
Is It Any Good?
Madagascar: a Little Wild: Holiday Goose Chase is pretty formulaic -- it's got a couple of short musical numbers, some holiday cheer, and pretty predictable holiday messages emphasizing togetherness. But there are a few details that lend it more spark. First, it feels true to New York City in a way that some other kids' shows don't (Tom and Jerry in New York, I'm talking to you). The main characters are Manhattan locals who do very New Yorker things, like try to get to the dumpling shop before everything's sold out. There are parades to contend with, and tourists who might be lost.
Secondly, just when you think that the characters in this show are satisfied with the good deed they've done in the name of Santa, they go a little bit farther to help someone a little bit more. Families who celebrate Hanukkah may feel acknowledged here too, as there are some menorahs glimmering in the winter scenery. Fans of the Madagascar franchise will enjoy this one more than newbies -- kids more than adults -- but there are a couple of winks to adults that might make it worth the family time spent together in front of this one.
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