Stereotyping, Bad Graphics, and Thin Story Lines.
Okay, odds are, you've scrolled passed this comment after only seeing my age rating, title, and how old I am thinking "this kid's overreacting" or "it's a kid show, that stuff doesn't matter" but if you are reading this, just hear me out. The overall quality of this show is terrible. All of the female characters portray stereotypical roles (cooking, cleaning, gardening) while the males do all the adventurous stuff. It's shows like this that make me mad. Ages 2-5 are such a precious time for a child's growth,and development. With subliminal messaging like this, it will put an image in the child's mind that women are supposed to cook, clean, and plant flowers. Commonsense themselves said the same basic idea in a video review. Now, I'm not completely against stereotyping, it can be used as a comical component (Mel Brooks' films are a fine example), but that's different. In those kinds of films, characters are extremely exaggerated, and the humor is aimed at a much older audience, who understand that stereotypes aren't true. Stereotyping here is used in way that makes it seem normal. It surely will corrupt young children's minds. Don't believe me? I grew up watching shows like this, it made me think such a stereotypical way of thinking; moms stayed home and cleaned, dads go to work, superheroes, and trucks are for boys, ballet, and princesses are for girls, if you study hard to get good grades, or if you like comic books, you're a geek, and you're uncool, if you play football, and get all the girls, you're cool. These are the ideas I thought of for a long time. It wasn't until I was 12 years old or so that I got finally got some sense in me, and you know what would've been nice? Had I never watched shows like this and got my mind corrupted in the first place. Enough about that though, I'm getting off-topic. The graphics and animation are AWFUL! They make a CGI video game from the late 90's look GOOD! Plus the story lines and episode layouts are ripped off from various children's shows and folktales. Plus there is mild flirting and occasional kissing. Plus in one episode, this creepy scientist guy creates a potion that turns you into a frog. When asked why someone would want to be turned into a frog, he answers "so you could get kissed by a princess", he then imagines being kissed by a princess, then giggles in delight. That is NOT appropriate for a preschool audience! However, I do have some positive things to say about this show, the voice acting is phenomenal, and basic math skills and creative problem solving are squeezed in to every episode, but it is not done very creatively at times. Thank you for reading my review.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism