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 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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
Pororo The Little Penguin is a very entertaining show for preschoolers and maybe even for older kids.
What's the story?
In snowy, remote Pororo Village, friendly penguin PORORO (Lee Sun) lives with his group of best friends: impish dinosaur Crong (Lee Mi-ja), clever fox Eddy (Ham Soo-jeong), loving bear Loopy (Hong So-yeong), happy-go-lucky penguin Petty (Jeong Mi-sook), and the rest of the Pororo gang. In each episode, the group of friends faces a problem: Sometimes one makes a mistake, such as when Crong scribbles on the wall with paint. Sometimes accidents cause trouble, such as when wizard Tongtong (Goo Ja-hyeong) accidentally gives Eddy a dancing potion instead of a remedy for his cold. But the friends are always able to find a way to work things out, and everyone's happy and playing by the end.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about where the Pororo characters live. Is it a real place? Are there snowy places like this one? Do talking animals live there?
Why do cartoon characters often have names such as "Loopy" and "Poby" -- names that don't sound like those we hear in real life?
Animated shows often use animals as main characters. Why do you think this is?
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