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Gentle, nurturing, fun preschool program.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Maisy and her friends support one another and work cooperatively to solve their problems.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while their preschoolers may be delighted by this gentle, nurturing show, it may be hard for them to get into watching it with their kids. The slow-moving story, the gibberish spoken by Maisy the mouse and her animal friends, and the syrupy-sweet, repetitive narration can definitely turn off older viewers.

What's the story?

MAISY is a colorful, animated program for very young children based on the popular book series by British author Lucy Cousins. Maisy is a young mouse who is joined in everyday situations by animal friends such as Charley the crocodile, Tallulah the chicken, and Cyril the squirrel. The series was designed to promote early literacy through comprehension of story structure and appreciation of language. Ironically, however, the animal characters speak a nonsensical, sing-song language of giggles, squeaks, and moans, voiced by the Australian comedy duo the Umbilical Brothers. Only the narrator uses real words to comment on the story, and his gentle, encouraging voiceovers provide questions, reminders, explanations, and guidance to child viewers.

Is it any good?


Oddly, the show has no adult characters, and while one can only assume that the animals' gibberish is meant to be amusing and endearing to kids, to adults it can be grating, especially when several characters chime in at once, creating a cacophonous din.

While conflict in the stories is minimal -- a bouncing ball gets stuck on the roof, a remote control car runs out of batteries -- Maisy and her friends support one another and work cooperatively to solve their problems, providing great role models for little ones. In one story in which young Maisy is inexplicably the captain of a ferry boat, for example, there is no conflict at all, just various animals taking the ferry back and forth across the river, reinforcing the names of several types of animals and providing a subtle lesson in sequencing. This type of storyline, accompanied by simple, bright animation and cheery, ska-tinged music, will be engaging only to the youngest of viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the simple discoveries Maisy and her friends make and how they solve problems in their adventures. They can also explore the friendship the characters share and the silliness of mice, crocodiles, chickens, and squirrels doing human things.

TV details

Premiere date:February 11, 1999
Cast:Umbilical Brothers
Networks:Nick Jr., qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Numbers and letters, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

its ok

i just wonder the animals sound really stupid they should talk instead of having someone else talk for them
Adult Written bymontiki April 9, 2008

we love maisy

my toddler adores maisy's bright colors, clever music and funny character voices. my husband and i do a mean impression of charlie. ;)
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
My 2 1/2 year old LOVES Maisy. It is very slow-paced and not ovewhelming for young children. Children over 3 or 4 would probably find this too slow...


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