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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters learn to work through conflict; important for social-emotional development.
Friendship, cooperation, sympathy, kindness stressed. Gender roles somewhat stereotypical.
Positive Role Models
All the characters are well-intentioned; a few can be a bit impulsive, destructive, and selfish.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pororo is an animated children's series about a bunch of animal friends who live in a remote and snowy village. Gentle conflicts form the basis of each show; characters must work together to solve problems. There's no controversial or scary material, but parents may notice that characters and plot points are somewhat stereotyped by gender: Female characters are often shown as gentle, helpful, and secondary to the action, while male characters are more often mischievous and in the center of the action. Though everyone can be impulsive or reckless, the Pororo crew is generally unfailingly kind to each other and sensitive to feelings.
Is It Any Good?
Sweet and gentle, this show keeps the stakes low in a way that's perfect for preschoolers: There's no menace, only the lightest of tension, and the animal friends are very loving and kind to each other. Parents will feel comfortable letting their young children watch this mild show, even if they may not want to stay in the same room -- the voices are on the whiny side, and any action is accompanied by little grunts and sighs that may grate on the ear.
There are a handful of stereotypes as well; Petty is more likely to sew outfits for her friends than have a problem that others work to solve; Loopy loves baking, wearing princess outfits, and giggling at the male characters' jokes. Nonetheless, preschoolers will like the talking animals, bright colors, and easygoing stories.
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