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Pound Puppies

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Canine-centric '80s cartoon is odd but appealing.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Good -- in the form of the puppies and their young caretaker, Holly, always triumphs over evil -- although why the evil (here, a guardian figure) is evil at all is never explained. Holly doesn't have any supportive/helpful adults to turn to.

Violence & Scariness

Characters (only the bad ones) are beaten up within the classic cartoon cloud of smoke and flying fists.

Sexy Stuff

One "puppy" has a rather flirtatious relationship with another.


Once upon a time you could purchase stuffed Pound Puppies and plenty of related merchandise, but now it's pretty much limited to eBay.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the "bad guy" in this '80s cartoon is the main human character's guardian, and she has no other adults to turn to. No explanation for the guardian's animosity (or that of her daughter) is ever offered. Otherwise, there's not much here to concern parents aside from some very mild cartoon violence (fights in a cloud of smoke/flying fists, etc.).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 14 years old Written bySonicx399 February 7, 2011

One of them old school cartoons that i like

I watch a lot of old school show, i don't know why, one day i was going though my Dish network guide, just to find, "Pound Puppies" at first i th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 4, 2013

Love it ❤❤❤❤❤❤

I wouldn't recommend it to little kids I would say 10➕ at the leased because noise Marie is always flirting with cooler and kissing ect. In season 2 I woul... Continue reading

What's the story?

POUND PUPPIES is the story of a pack of homeless dogs and their efforts to protect their human companion, Holly (voiced by Ami Foster) -- with whom they share a magical bond -- from her evil guardian, Katrina (Pat Carroll). At the same time, they're hoping to find homes for themselves and the endless quantities of puppies that overrun the pound.

Is it any good?

Fans of the show from its original '80s run describe it as "better written than Care Bears," which is one of those comments that begs a lot of questions. And even if it is better written, it lacks the Bears' sweetness (some might say sappiness), replacing it with a kind of sardonic good will and wry attitude toward the typical "help your friends" message that passed as educational television back in the day.

The storylines can be creative and complex, and they do require some brainpower to follow. Catchy song-and-dance plot recaps start each post-ad break segment, and the non-singing characters' annoyance at these pauses in the action is amusing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the characters do the things they do. Why does Holly's guardian, Katrina, want to shut down the pound? Would there be any story without her? What's the point of the little songs that are sung after every break? Families can also discuss the fact that this show was originally heavily tied in to a line of toys. Kids: Which do you like better -- shows that you have toys for, or ones that you don't? Why?

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