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PinCode

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, colorful Russian STEM show has universal appeal.

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Educational Value

The focus is on science and on STEM. It explains science-themed topics in entertaining and understandable ways. 

Positive Messages

Friendship, learning, travel, and exploration are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the characters cause trouble on occasion, but they all keep learning and remain friends in the end. 

Violence & Scariness

Disagreements occur, but nothing violent. Sometimes Krash pulls some crazy stunts, but no one gets hurt. 

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Consumerism

The characters are from a popular franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PinCode is an animated STEM series that's a spinoff of the popular Russian Kikoriki (aka GoGoRiki) franchise. The colorful cast of the original show, including Wally the ram, Carlin the crow, Dokko the golden moose, Rosa the pig, Olga the owl, Barry the bear, and Krash the rabbit, are all grown up. Together they join their friend Pin, a German penguin who happens to be a self-taught inventor, on all sorts of adventures to learn about the world around them. While some of the characters occasionally cause mischief, or don't make the wisest decisions, they always come around in the end. 

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What's the story?

A spinoff of the popular Russian Kikoriki (aka GoGoRiki) franchise, PINCODE is an animated STEM series for kids. The colorful cast of the original show, including Wally the ram, Carlin the crow, Dokko the golden moose, Rosa the pig, Olga the owl, Barry the bear, and Krash the rabbit, are all grown up. Together they join their friend Pin, a German penguin who happens to be a self-taught inventor, on all sorts of adventures to learn about the world around them. From coming up with ideas to save the planet to traveling the universe in their unique exploration vehicle known as the Umiflier, they find ways to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to solve any problems they face along the way. 

Is it any good?

This fun and globally popular series, which combines 2D and 3D animation as part of its storytelling process, features all the beloved characters from the Kikoriki series. They're a bit more grown up, but still close as ever. Their Umiflier lets them pursue scientific knowledge throughout the universe, whether they're traveling through time or across a new dimension. Meanwhile, each adventure they go on requires them to problem-solve by applying STEM principles. Young fans of the franchise will enjoy PinCode, and kids who like science and the maker movement will find a lot to enjoy here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about STEM. What's your favorite thing to learn about? Science? Math? Engineering? Why?

  • PinCode is a Russian series that airs around the world and is dubbed into multiple languages. What aspects of the series can be universally understood? Is there anything about the show that makes it feel different from U.S.-produced shows? 

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