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Delightful puppets address kids' bedtime issues.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series addresses common kid bedtime woes like procrastination, fear of sleeping in the dark, and separation anxiety in a reassuring way through stories and song.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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A line of toys (including, of course, plush replicas of the cuddly stars), apparel, and DVDs is expected, so youngsters may be eager to own their own Pajanimal items for bedtime.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series from The Jim Henson Company uses endearing characters, stories, and songs to address common sources of bedtime strain -- like establishing good hygiene habits, sleeping with the lights off, and separating from parents. The show's tone is gentle and empathetic, ensuring that preschoolers won't feel threatened when parents use the characters' issues to start discussions about similar ones their kids face.

What's the story?

PAJANIMALS is a musical series that centers on a quartet of cuddly critters and their bedtime routines. Created by The Jim Henson Company, the Pajanimals use stories and songs to explore their feelings and frustrations about bedtime. With the help of these adorable lovies, preschoolers will come to see that there's no shame in facing worries like being afraid of the dark or anxious about separating from a parent. They'll also learn the importance of establishing good bedtime habits.

Is it any good?


This soothing series combines delightful tales and melodic songs to give families the opportunity to relax and unwind before diving into bedtime routines. Kids will quickly come to love the diverse characters, each of whom has a unique personality -- and plenty of endearing personality quirks. And parents are sure to appreciate the show's take on nighttime woes like prolonging bedtime and slacking on good hygiene, which offers plenty of opportunity for discussions about the particular issues their family faces.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about establishing routines. What routines does your family have throughout the day? How do routines help keep things in good running order? Kids: What are your personal responsibilities during different times of the day? Families can also discuss various issues that arise during bedtime. Kids: How do you feel at bedtime? Do you worry about anything? If so, what? What comfort items do you like to have with you? How do they help you relax?

TV details

Premiere date:November 2, 2008
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent Written by1streviewisconfused September 30, 2011

Absolutely recommend this DVD for ages 0+

I love this dvd. I have never heard these puppets say anything like the first review says. I own the DVD and my daughter has watched it since she was about 3 months old. It is her favorite DVD to watch before bedtime. My daughter is now 16 months and I have the DVD memorized as she has watched it over and over. I wish they sold stuffed animals that we could purchase on the internet or some type of toy for toddlers that they could play with. I believe the review before this one is misleading. I have not found anything negative about this DVD. I recommend this DVD to all my friends and family with children. Great songs for youngsters to dance to, and fun to sit and watch together.
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Parent Written bymichiganmomoftwo February 28, 2012

Great part of toddler's bedtime routine!

My 2.5 yr old sings along with all the songs on this great dvd. It is gentle wind-down viewing with absolutely no objectionable content (don't know what the earlier reviewer is talking about).
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Teen, 13 years old Written byBeanoMaster June 7, 2015


The songs are great, the puppets are great and the stories are great. It is a really charming series from The Jim Henson Company.
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