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 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 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.

Language
Consumerism

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.).

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRebeccaSpark June 28, 2019

So cute

This show is cute and safe for my sensitive 3-year old!
Parent of a 3 and 4-year-old Written byNature cat 1998 May 7, 2019

Aw...

I used to watch this when I was 3! This was my favorite.
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 12, 2020

i don’t know which one.

My mom liked either this one or the other one when she was little. But i say it was probably this one, but I’m not sure.
Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2019

I liked the new one better

The new one was better, but this one is good too.

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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