A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ollie's Pack centers on a tween whose backpack is a portal to another dimension populated by monsters. Some of them cross over into the human world and need capturing by Ollie (voiced by James Hartnett) and his friends. While Ollie and his friends illustrate the value of friendship and teamwork in facing the new and seemingly impossible challenge of wrangling monsters, the show is totally fantastical (no surprise there) and makes no effort to include overly constructive/positive themes or messages. But the characters are entertaining, and the predicaments are sometimes funny. Expect to hear mild teasing words like "jerk," "dumb," and "butt." There's also plenty of the body-related gross-out humor that some grade schoolers love.
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What's the story?
In OLLIE’S PACK, a tween and his best friends team up with a monster trainer named Captain Wowski (voiced by Cory Doran) to track down monsters who have escaped their dimension and are running amok on earth. When Ollie (voiced by James Hartnett) learns that he’s the chosen one who’s tasked with keeping tabs on the interdimensional visitors, he enlists the help of Cleo (Ana Sani) and Bernie (David Berni) in the effort. With Wowski’s assistance, the friends locate and trap the monsters in Ollie’s backpack, which doubles as a portal to the Monsterverse.
Is it any good?
Ollie’s adventures are comical but not especially substantial. This is a real what-you-see-is-what-you-get series; a tween and his pals have encounters with a rotating cast of monsters, some of whom are friendly, some goofy, and some with a nefarious streak. That pretty much sums up the show and explains why it feels so tepid after several episodes.
That said, Ollie’s Pack involves a creative cast of characters and outlandish scenarios that kids will find amusing. The characters’ friendships are likable and help Ollie manage his newfound "chosen one" responsibilities as well as the routine challenges of normal life. The bottom line? Your kids won’t learn anything notable from this series, but if mindless entertainment is what they’re after, there are worse picks than this one.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the types of monsters viewers see in Ollie’s Pack. Are they ever truly scary? Are they meant to be? Do your kids like being a little scared by the shows or movies they watch?
How do you see teamwork play out in how Ollie and his friends interact? Is he always the leader? What qualities are important in a strong leader?
Who are some of your kids’ favorite TV or movie characters? What stories have helped them learn something important like patience, compassion, or integrity? Does media always have to bed educational to be worthwhile? Why or why not?
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