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Minimalitos

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Colorful, gentle series teaches about diversity.

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Educational Value

It teaches about difference and getting along, and shows appropriate play and interaction among preschoolers. 

Positive Messages

We can all be different and still get along. We can learn a lot of things about each other, and from each other. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cintia is a kind, gentle teacher. Sometimes the children fight with each other, but they are taught that they must learn how to get along. 

Violence & Scariness

Occasional crying and tantrums. There are moments when the kids throw toys or try to pull pacifiers out of babies' hands. These moments do not last long, and are considered bad behaviors. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Minimalitos is an Argentinian animated series designed for preschoolers. It uses animal characters as a way to highlight the presence and importance of diversity, as well as offering lessons about getting along and learning from each other. 

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What's the story?

MINIMALITOS is an Argentinian children’s series about a group of young animals who attend preschool together. Under the watchful eye of their teacher, an adult giraffe named Cintia, Facundo the elephant, Verónica the porcupine, Jacinto the caiman (crocodile), Manfredo the turkey, and Serena the piglet play, sing, and do lots of other fun things. Also joining them are Torcuato the turtle, Mariana the ñandú (flightless bird) and three baby monkeys named Moncho, Chocho, and Toto. They are all very different, but they have to learn how to get along. They also get the chance to learn a lot about each other.

Is it any good?

This colorful children’s series is designed to highlight how diverse we all are, and how, despite our differences, we can get along. While the young animals share time together at the preschool playing, snacking, fighting, and napping, each one looks and behaves very differently from the other based on their species. Yet, with their teacher’s guidance, they can find different ways to find common ground, even at such a young age. 

The series is dubbed in English, which makes it appealing to non-Spanish speaking children.  But Minimalitos offers lots of gentle, universally understandable moments that don’t require a spoken language to be understood. The activities featured resemble the typical behavior and play of the age group, and the animals’ reactions to events are easy to recognize. Overall, it’s a fun and entertaining option for preschoolers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of things we learn at preschool. Why are people different? Can we still be friends, even if we like different things? What kinds of things can we learn from each other? 

  • What kinds of animals are featured in Minimalitos? Are there any animals that you don’t recognize? Why?

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