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Pocoyo

Adventurous kid's curiosity will appeal to preschoolers.
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Educational value

Some stories incorporate basic counting and other pre-reading skills, but it's not the main intent of the show. Positive messages about relating to others and solving problems abound, though.

Positive messages

The series celebrates kids' curiosity about the world and how things work. Each story has positive messages about friendship, problem-solving, and individuality. The narrator engages viewers by asking them questions about the decisions Pocoyo faces.

Positive role models

Pocoyo often acts selfishly, looking past his friends' feelings to favor his own, but he always recognizes his mistakes and makes amends for them. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series will appeal to preschoolers' curiosity and imagination, and its positive messages about interpersonal relationships won't be lost on its young audience. Pocoyo exhibits negative traits that are common for this age group, including selfishness and frustration over not being able to do something his friends can, but each story shows how he identifies the problem and works to fix it. The show's brief format also encourages TV time limits for this age group, allowing kids to watch the story unfold and conclude in fewer than 10 minutes.

What's the story?

POCOYO is an animated series that centers on the mischievous adventures of a 4-year-old boy and his assortment of animal friends. Pocoyo (voiced by Alex Kearns) lets his insatiable curiosity guide his way, and it often takes him in unpredictable directions. Through his imaginative adventures, he discovers how the world around him works, and when his pals Pato, Loula, and Elly join him, their interactions also teach him how to be a thoughtful person and a good friend. The English version of this series was adapted from its original Spanish and is narrated by Stephen Fry.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Pocoyo's simple, contrasting animation lends itself nicely to the show's style, which uses physical interplay and gestures rather than verbal exchanges between the characters to tell a story. The narrator speaks directly to Pocoyo, asking questions and offering encouragement, and he engages kids in the story by asking for their input as well.

Preschoolers will relate to Pocoyo's imaginative curiosity about the world, as well as his less admirable qualities like selfishness, jealousy, and frustration, which often cause problems between him and his friends. In each story, he's faced with a situation that causes him to address one of these traits, and he must figure out a way to overcome it and retain his relationship with his pals in the process. Need another reason to like it? Each segment is less than 10 minutes long, making it easy for parents to keep their preschoolers' TV time to a minimum. Check out the companion website for more Pocoyo fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. Is Pocoyo a good friend to Elly, Pato, and Loula? In what ways does he show that he is? How do his actions sometimes hurt their feelings? 

  • Kids: What problem did Pocoyo and his friends have to solve today? What ideas did they have for working it out? What would you have done differently?

  • Did you like the animation style in this cartoon? Have you ever seen a show like it? How did it compare to some of your favorites

TV details

Premiere date:July 21, 2011
Cast:Alex Kearns, Stephen Fry
Network:Online
Genre:Kids' Animation
Character strengths:Curiosity
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byrbaker71 April 7, 2011

One of the best positive shows for toddlers

It's hard to find a children's show these days that not laced with cynicism, sarcasm or adult humor. If you are looking for a truly sweet, cute show that won't offend, Pocoyo is one of the best. Pocoyo is computer animated and the characters are in bright cheerful colors against a white background. Pocoyo is a small child, so his vocabulary is limited. The other characters(a pink elephant, a duck, a dog and a bird) don't speak word so most of the advanced vocabulary is provided by the narrator. The shows are made up of several short episodes that focus on topics, like sharing, making new friends, overcoming fears, etc. It's not a ABC/123 kind of show, so you won't get much of that here. All the same, it is a very fun and humorous show to watch with the kids. It really gets and holds their attention, and you don't have to worry about the content.
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Adult Written byErnesto M January 25, 2013

Excelent for Children

My brothers son loves this show and i dont see anything wrong with it its a great show for children.
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Parent of a 2 year old Written bystomer June 28, 2013

Simple is a good thing for a 2yo

This show is simple, full of color, and teaches about being friends. We discovered this on a trip and I was thrilled to find it on Amazon Prime. My son asks to watch it and laughs the whole way through. We're right at the point where he's transitioning from parallel play to cooperative play, so I think this backs up what he's learning in daycare -- to be friendly, take turns, e.g. don't be a brat. Pocoyo learns how his behavior affects his friends; the narrator helps guide him on what he should do. Educational programming does not need to ba all letters and numbers, particularly if they're only 2 years old. I love that he's seeing another perspective on what is and isn't good behavior. Note: it will likely bore the pants of any child 4+.
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