Pinkalicious & Peterrific: Cupid Calls It Quits

TV review by
Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Sweet preschool Valentine special spreads love, gratitude.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Lots of great social-emotional lessons, including a focus on being grateful for the people you love.

Positive Messages

Messages about the true meaning of Valentine's Day and the importance of gratitude.

Positive Role Models

Pinkalicious and her brother Peter are kind kids who make good choices. There's a ton of racial diversity in the extended cast, and kids of different backgrounds are friends. Some counterstereotypes with gender: Peter and Cupid are boys who wear pink dresses (and it's not commented on), Pinkalicious likes pink and girly things but is also adventurous and takes charge of the situation.

Violence & Scariness

Brief expressions of dislike between friends.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cupid Calls it Quits is an hour-long Valentine's Day Pinkalicious & Peterrific special. It focuses on the meaning of Valentine's Day: showing family and friends that you love them. There's very mild arguing between friends when Cupid cancels Valentine's Day and all the love leaves Pinkville. There's also a special segment at the end of the episode featuring real kids decorating their friends' driveways with chalk for a socially-distanced Covid-19 Valentine's Day. It has a positive tone but may bum out some kids who are missing their friends. Otherwise this special is great for all ages and will make preschoolers feel the love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRebeccaSpark March 21, 2021

I like Pinkalicious but this is trash

So, I liked the Pinkalicious show but this special is garbage. The story was incredibly boring and this was clearly rushed.
Watch something else instead.
Kid, 12 years old November 13, 2021

I think the show is good overall

But who names their kid Pinkalicious?
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat March 27, 2021

Rebecca Spark likes Pinkalicous, but this is trash!

Rebecca Spark likes Pinkalicous, but she says that this is trash! It was so boring and rushed. #RebeccaSparkneedstochill

What's the story?

Pinkalicious and Peterrific is based on the successful book series by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. In Cupid Calls it Quits, it's the day before Valentine's Day, and Pinkalicious is excited because it's her favorite holiday. Cupid (a boy about Pinkalicious's age) visits Pinkville and shows off his flying powers, "love-is-in-the-air spray," and magical heart bow and arrows. He quickly gets jealous of all the fun things Pinkalicious and the rest of her friends get to do as regular kids, and decides to cancel Valentine's Day so he can be a "real kid." All of the love leaves Pinkville: Pinkalicious's friends argue about whose turn it is to go down the slide, and even the love birds are fighting! Since Cupid is now a real kid, Pinkalicious and her brother Peter try taking over his duties, but it turns out that being Cupid is harder than they thought. Can Pinkalicious and Peter save Valentine's Day and bring the love back to Pinkville?

Is it any good?

Fans of Pinkalicious (or just general fans of Valentine's Day) will love this sweet special that's perfect for preschoolers. It's a visual treat, with lots of pink and red Valentine-y goodness. The Cupid character has a fun conceit: that he just wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of ice cream, swings, and homework like regular kids. The songs are great, and emphasize the theme of how gratitude can help cheer you up if you're feeling grumpy. At the end of the episode there's a special 2021 postscript video showing real kids making socially-distanced chalk driveway decorations for their friends' Valentines, which may help some kids who are bummed about missing Valentine's celebrations with friends during the pandemic.

It may be tempting for some parents to write off a show so focused on pink and girly things, but there's actually quite a lot of substance to Pinkalicious's Valentine's special (and boys wearing pink Cupid dresses and being lovey dovey throughout the episode offer a great counter-stereotype). Grown-ups can feel good about their kids celebrating Valentine's Day with Pinkalicious and her crew.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about gratitude. How can you show people that you love them and appreciate them, on Valentine's Day or any other day?

  • Make valentines together as a family! Or, go write a chalk message outside a friend or loved one's house, like the real kids at the end of the episode.

  • Do you understand why Cupid just wants to be a real kid even though he has all sorts of cool magical powers? Would you want to be Cupid?

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