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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Nothing brainy, but the show does boast some heartwarming messages about trust, loyalty, and the bonds between pets and their people.
Interpersonal themes like loyalty, friendship, and trust are part of each story. The Pound Puppies’ goal is to find loving homes for stray dogs, and all of the stories have a heartwarming conclusion. The show’s focus on the doggie heroes means that the human characters are often seen as ineffective and unintelligent, but the comparison is spun for humor.
Positive Role Models
The dog pack is a well-meaning group whose primary goal is to see homeless dogs find a family. Although their methods might be questionable (intentionally breaking an expensive machine so the repairman and his son will return and adopt a dog, for instance), it’s all in good fun, and the outcome is a happy one.
Occasional name-calling like “numbskull” and “bonehead.”
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The show is an updated version of a popular 1980s cartoon, which at the time was part of a merchandise line that included toys, books, and games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this updated version bears little resemblance to the original 1980s cartoon of the same name, but it is filled with heartwarming messages about friendship, compassion, and the ties that bind animals and their human friends. The characters are a motley crew of both breeds and personalities, but they all adhere to one goal, which is to help their fellow dogs find loving homes. Expect a fair amount of good-natured bad behavior (snooping on humans and sabotaging their plans, for instance) and some mild name-calling ("bonehead" and "numbskull," to name a few), but the rest of the content is doggone great for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Pound Puppies originally burst onto the scene in the mid-‘80s as sad-eyed plush animals whose instant popularity spawned a TV special, an animated series, and a movie. This 2010 version borrows little more than the name from the original, with all new characters and a new direction for the stories. The good news is that its focus on the do-gooder dog pack has some imbedded messages about empathy and helping others, since the Pound Puppies aren't out to help themselves -- and some of them even have their own families to go home to.
From tough-talking Cookie to resourceful little Squirt (Michael Rappaport), kids are sure to love the diverse doggie characters in this cute series, and their minor transgressions won't have any adverse effect on a young audience because it's clearly done in humor. There is some name-calling among the pups, but the rest of the show is well suited -- and even a bit heartwarming -- for kids.
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