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 this updated version of the 1960s classic cartoon The Pink Panther is a fun choice for kids. The show has its fair share of cartoon-style violence (explosions, crashes, knocks to the head, for instance), but the tone is light and humorous enough that kids aren’t likely to misinterpret it as reality. While there’s no possibility of kids gleaning any worthwhile messages from the superficial content, the show is equally light on the iffy stuff, so it’s a safe option for the grade-school set.
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What's the story?
In PINK PANTHER AND PALS, stars of the 1960s cartoon The Pink Panther return to the animated screen as younger versions of themselves, carrying on the mayhem that endeared the original series to fans years ago. Each episode of the show consists of three animated shorts: two silent-style ones featuring Pink Panther and his arch-nemesis, Big Nose, and one chronicling the friendly rivalry between the Ant (voiced by Kel Mitchell) and the Aardvark (voiced by Eddie Garvar).
Is it any good?
While purists might argue against messing with such an iconic show as The Pink Panther, in fact this modern-day version is sure to win a new generation of fans for the rosy feline and his equally colorful co-stars, due in a large part to its adherence to the show’s traditions. Kids will be struck by the silent acting of the Pink Panther shorts (which account for two-thirds of the show) and the simple style of the Ant and Aardvark, both of which are contrast to the flash and noise of many of today’s cartoons.
As for content, the show’s humorous style ensures that the cartoon violence won’t faze most kids, so there’s little worry there. While the series makes no effort to impart lasting messages on its young viewers, it’s equally short on the bad stuff, making it a refreshing change of pace for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this show compares to the original cartoon. Kids: Have you seen the first Pink Panther show? What aspects of it did you like? How well does this modern version complement the original? What changes, if any, did you not like?
Kids: Who are some of your favorite cartoon characters? Why do you like them? What attracts you to a character or set of characters? How do cartoons exaggerate things to make them seem funnier?
Kids: Does the media have a responsibility to include “worthwhile” content in shows for kids? Is a show’s content important to you personally, or do you just look for entertainment value? Where should the line be drawn when a show’s content includes violence or negative messages?
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