Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sweet blue cat learns about friendship and differences.

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Educational Value

It’s entertaining, but teaches lessons about appreciating people’s differences through story telling and song. 

Positive Messages

It celebrates the Valentine's Day spirit of sharing, friendship, and love. Helping others, accepting and appreciating differences, creativity, and teamwork are also themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pete and his friends get along and care about each other, despite their differences. One character is temporarily focused on getting a lot of Valentine’s Day cards versus appreciating the spirit behind the holiday, but learns a lesson in the end. 

Violence & Scariness

Some cast members get frustrated, but talk or sing about it instead of yelling. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day is a holiday special from the popular Pete The Cat franchise. It offers lots of positive messages about being friends with people who are different, or who have separate interests. Valentine’s Day is a major theme, but it's used as a vehicle to discuss things like sharing, kindness, and communicating feelings towards one another. 

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What's the story?

PETE THE CAT: A VERY GROOVY VALENTINE’S DAY is an animated special based on the popular New York Times book series created by James Dean. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Pete is working on a musical Valentine to sing to his friends. He’s trying to find something to include about his new friend Boo Burrow, with whom he has little in common. As Pete struggles to finish the song, all of Sally’s Valentines go missing. He, along with the rest of their friends, want to help her find them.

Is it any good?

This fun Valentine-themed installment of the Pete The Cat franchise features a colorful and species-diverse cast learning lessons about friendship and differences. Pete (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) is his typical quiet and musical self. But unlike other episodes of Pete The Cat, the gentle blue feline works more independently to solve his problems. Thanks to the absence of Elvis Costello’s voice, and the inclusion of talent like KT Tunstall and Jessica Biel, the cartoon sounds a bit different, too. Nonetheless, these changes don't take away from the positive messages A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day offers about friendship, kindness, and supporting one another.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs in Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day. How do they express how different casts members learn and feel? Would the show be as entertaining without these musical numbers?

  • Pete and his friends have very different backgrounds and interests, but they have a lot of character strengths in common. What are they? Are possessing these traits the reason they are able to work and play together so well? 

  • Do you enjoy reading? What are your favorite book characters? Why do you like them? Are they on t.v. or starring in movies, too? If so, which do you like better, reading about them or watching them?

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