A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode gives an introduction to a topic, whether it's identifying birds by their song, or singing a song about a classification chart, or about choosing friends.
Learn to be patient. Help your friends. If someone doesn't respect your wishes, don't spend time with that person. You deserve to be heard. Work hard for good results. Everyone has a secret strength. Talents and natural gifts aren't to be relied upon, but used when needed. Respect elders. Work hard to make your vision a reality. Ask for help when you need it.
Positive Role Models
The adults in the "mushable" village of Mushton are respected for their experience and expertise. They have character, and watch over the younger mushables. The chef, Sushi Mushi, feeds everyone, but is particular about good manners. The village elder, Mushpot, who practices meditation and relaxing martial arts, has stories of times gone by. The resident artist, Chanterelle, helps the younger mushables by making projects for them and helping them express themselves. Morel looks after the youngest mushlets, exhibiting patience and wisdom.
There are not as many female mushables as males, but the females are decision-makers and important parts of the community. There isn't an ethnic component to these characters, but they have different body types, abilities, and represent different ages.
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Violence & Scariness
Mild peril in the form of characters falling from heights, trees crashing, being chased by birds. There is a character who is a mud monster who bullies Lilit, yells ferociously, and carries her under his arm even when she tells him not to. She decides he is not capable of being a friend to her and she leaves him to be with her true friends.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mush-Mush and the Mushables is an adventurous, imaginative cartoon from Europe intended for preschoolers. Though there are scenes where the mushrooms fly around on leaf gliders in order to escape from things like a collapsing tree, their adventures are not violent or too scary. One character, a mud-monster named Mudler, roars and behaves in an unpredictable, bullying manner. The mushables don't trust him, and try to avoid him.
Is It Any Good?
Complex enough to become a cult favorite, and simple enough to hold a preschooler's attention, this cartoon boasts plenty of artistry and imaginative story lines. Like the Smurfs before them, the mushables are tiny, their village is in the forest, and they exclaim funny things like, "Oh my compost!" They too have a wise leader who helps guide them when they stray. But this animation is very well rendered, making the show a joy to watch.
Parents will want to know more about the backstory as the series progresses. Even older kids might want to tune in because there's just enough mystery, magic, and fun to keep them engaged. Mush-Mush and the Mushables hails from Belgium, France, and England.
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