My Friend Rabbit

 
Award-winning book makes delightful TV series.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn valuable lessons related to social skills like teamwork and problem solving.

Positive messages

Strong lessons and positive messages center on friendship, teamwork, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Positive role models

Characters often learn through trial and error, and mistakes are always
spun as learning opportunities rather than sources of embarrassment.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this engaging animated series for preschoolers -- which doesn't have any questionable content to watch out for and teaches important messages about friendship, honesty, and loyalty -- is based on Eric Rohmann's Caldecott-winning picture book of the same name. In each story, the animal friends learn that it's easier to solve problems when they work as a team and think creatively.

What's the story?

Based on Eric Rohmann's Caldecott-winning book, MY FRIEND RABBIT follows the adventures of a group of animal pals who discover that the bonds of friendship and the strength of teamwork allow them to overcome any obstacle in their path. Characters include team leader Rabbit (voiced by Peter Oldring); his best friend, Mouse (Robert Binsley); innovative Hazel the squirrel (Denise Oliver); and lovably naïve Thunder the rhinoceros (Jeremy Harris). Each episode follows the friends as they encounter a challenge or puzzle that forces them to work together to find a solution. The animal pals are always willing to pitch in and help each other out, and with creative thinking and a thoughtful approach to problem solving, their teamwork always yields an answer.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As cartoons go, this delightful series is as mild as they come. Simple, linear animation creates a peaceful viewing experience that both preschoolers and parents will enjoy. The stories move at a pace that's just right for 3- to 5-year-olds, and the dialogue verbalizes every move of the characters' problem-solving processes so kids can think critically as they follow along. Youngsters will relate to the types of issues the characters encounter and will benefit from the show's strong messages about friendship, teamwork, and learning from mistakes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the problems that Rabbit and his friends encounter and how they solve them. Kids: What question or issue did the characters face? What questions did they need to ask to get to an answer? Who helped along the way? What did they do?

  • Why is teamwork important when you're trying to solve a problem? Have

  • you ever needed to rely on friends for help? When? How did they help?

TV details

Cast:Denise Oliver, Peter Oldring, Robert Binsley
Networks:NBC, qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Friendship, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 4, 6, 8, and 9 year old Written byJammyMom August 9, 2009
age 2+
 
This is a charming program that preschoolers and their parents will enjoy. There is much opportunity for family discussion about social development and problem solving. The tune at the beginning is catchy and fun, and one which your children will likely pick up and frequently sing.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2009
age 2+
 

I like it

I like this show but I don't know which other channel was it from
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byDUSTFLAKE April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Let's Hopthink!!

My Friend Rabbit is one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. This show is also shown in Spanish.(on the Spanish channel) The show helps children to understand friendships along with moral lessons. My Friend Rabbit even teaches about the world around them, such as what clouds are made of or what echoes are and such. Like I said I really enoy this. This is something the whole family enjoys together.

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