By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Magical hero helps solve problems in fun preschool series.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't out to teach kids much, but there are some good examples of friendship and kindness to others.
Most stories have positive messages for kids that remind them why it's important to have good manners, be honest, and treat others kindly, for instance. Some themes are obvious; others are less prominent in the story. Friendship and helpfulness are recurring themes as well.
Positive Role Models
Plim Plim is the quintessential hero, always ready to do what he can to help those who need him. The main characters are one-dimensional, individually embodying traits such as curiosity, imagination, impatience, and anxiety. It makes their responses to different situations mostly predictable, but it reminds kids that emotions are a normal part of life and shows different responses to the issues that arise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plim Plim is a series whose vibrant animation and kindly characters will appeal to preschoolers. The troubles that befall the young characters relate to young kids' experiences, such as learning the repercussions of not being polite or putting together clues to solve a mystery, for example. Because each character has a distinct personality trait (enthusiasm, curiosity, grumpiness), they react in different ways to the day's problem and to the eventual solution, but everyone learns something important from the experience.
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What's the Story?
PLIM PLIM is a preschool series inspired by an Argentinian folk song about a boy hero named Plim Plim (voiced by Lisa Grossman) who blends features of a clown and a magician. When his young friends Mei-Li (Christina Jopling), Hoggie (Jopling again), Nesho (Ulises Otero), Bam (Camilla Carrasco), and Acuarella (Debbie Ramos) find themselves in some kind of trouble they can't fix, they call on Plim Plim to help. He spirits them away in Tuni, an adaptable vehicle that runs on the characters' happy emotions, to a magical land where they learn how to solve the problem.
Is It Any Good?
This brightly animated series has much appeal for preschoolers, who will find Plim Plim a lively compatriot. Kids will empathize with the characters' challenges, and even though there's a magical element to how they find a solution, the process is simple enough for youngsters to follow.
Some of Plim Plim's stories give more attention to positive themes than others, but even when a particular message isn't obvious, the series still shows kids the values of cooperation, kindness, and friendship. It also encourages emotional awareness through characters who are mostly one-dimensional and respond to the different scenarios in ways that reflect those personalities.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Plim Plim helps his friends solve the day's problem. Does he give them the solution outright, or does he help them find it themselves? Does this work well? What lesson do they learn?
Kids: Can you relate to the characters' different personalities? Which character would you say you are most like the majority of the time? How does your mood affect your ability to cope with life's little troubles?
If you could visit a magical world of your own creation, what would it look like? How would things work differently from how they do in the real world? Which abilities would you give yourself?
- Premiere date: September 21, 2011
- Cast: Christina Jopling, Debbie Ramos, Lisa Grossman
- Network: Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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