A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some early vocabulary learning.
The Mila and Morphle characters are friendly and makes good choices, but the lessons are not made clear for kids. Some characters model negative behavior without consequences (or with very delayed consequences kids will have a hard time understanding).
Positive Role Models
Mila and Morphle characters are a good role model but many of the adults in the series are borderline mean. Relative lack of diversity represented in supporting characters.
Violence & Scariness
While some scenes are completely benign, some scenes have moderate amounts of meanness, aggression, and scariness. They do not model good behavior and may be upsetting to young kids.
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No cursing, but there are a few adult characters who are somewhat mean to kids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Morphle is a TV spin off of a popular YouTube channel. While the content is aimed at preschoolers, there are several iffy aspects of the show that don't make it a great fit for young kids. The lead characters Mila and Morphle set good examples, but several other characters model negative behavior without consequences (or with very delayed consequences kids will have a hard time understanding). Some characters are mean, there's some pushing and shoving, and there's some scariness that may upset preschoolers. Because there's such a mismatch between the very young content of many storylines and the behavior modeled in the show, it's not clear what age kid Morphle is intended for.
Is It Any Good?
Morphle comes off as a show for preschoolers made by someone who has never met a preschooler. Some of the stories are benign but the plots are so minimal that they will leave parents scratching their heads. Mixed in between those scenes are stories that will at best set poor behavior examples, and at worst scare sensitive kids. The kid characters are all kind, but disconcertingly many of the adults are problematic. There are the "Muddy Bandits" who go way beyond the Swiper-esque preschool villain and use a wrecking ball to destroy people's houses. There's Mr. Vanderbooz, a grumpy old man who routinely puts down Mila by saying things like "building a tree house is difficult, there's no way you can do that" in a mean tone. Mila's own parents, in a kids versus adults water balloon contest, say, "We're going to win, they're just little kids." And then there's the recurring Orphle character, who is Morphle's troublemaker alter ego. He only does naughty things without consequences, and it's up to Morphle to fix his mistakes.
There are also some scenes that may be legitimately scary to young kids. One example is Mila's dad being stranded at the top of a very wobbly tall tower. He looks afraid and says, "Get me down from here. Don't leave me alone." The story ends there, with absolutely no resolution of a scary scenario. Also, each episode is around an hour long, which is not best suited for preschoolers' attention spans.
There are so many excellent shows for preschoolers out there, with fabulous characters and stories that are guided by child development experts. Parents should skip Morphle and check out something thaey can feel great about their child watching.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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