A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most stories have simple examples of how things work; an airplane takes off, flies, and lands in a new place, for example. Musti's experiences celebrate the joy of learning rather than detail the specifics of what's learned.
Kids see that Musti's curiosity and eagerness to try new things lead to many fun experiences. There's love in his family and happiness in his friendships, with many opportunities to solve problems and help others. Mistakes always yield consequences and the opportunity to learn a lessons from them so integrity is a major theme. The show introduces basic concepts while encouraging preschoolers' imaginations.
Positive Role Models
Musti is an excellent role model; he follows the rules, is accountable for his actions, and never misses an opportunity to help his friends and family. He's enthusiastic about making new discoveries, which reminds kids that there's value in stepping out of your comfort zone to try something unfamiliar.
Violence & Scariness
Some stories show a character getting hurt (as when a sled crashes into a tree), but it's never serious.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Musti is a darling CGI series that follows a young kitten through experiences such as visiting a farm, learning about his shadow, and finding a lost item. Preschoolers can relate to these stories and the array of emotions they raise in Musti and his friends, including excitement, concern, hope, and fear. Musti doesn't always make the right choices, but when he goes astray, he always learns a lesson in the process. Strong messages about the value of friends and family are prominent as well.
Is It Any Good?
Simple in every way but dynamic throughout, this Dutch series is everything that's good about preschool programming. It's visually delightful with bold colors and CGI animation that youngsters will love, and its narrated style gives it a read-aloud quality with similar effect. Not only is it pleasant to watch, its stories clock in at five minutes in length, so it's easy to enjoy this one with your youngsters and still keep the screen time to a minimum.
As for what it teaches those who watch, you can't go wrong with the characters' experiences with everything from planting a garden to dealing with a fear of thunderstorms; affirmations about friendship, integrity, and learning something new at every opportunity abound. With plots that are right on par with what preschoolers understand, Musti is an excellent pick for this age group.
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