Pucca

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Obsessive crush borders on stalking. No, thanks.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

The show's focus on Pucca's crush could send iffy messages to kids about appropriate ways to show affection. Violence is also a common method of conflict resolution.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The silly female character obsesses over a boy who clearly has no interest in her, and when she's angry, she becomes violent, engaging in ninja battles. The show is full of stereotypical Asian characters. Adult figures are distant and questionable role models.

Violence & Scariness

While no physical harm comes to any character, ninja battles include kicking and weapons (throwing stars, blunt swords, nunchucks). Other fantasy violence features whizzing flaming arrows, logs falling on heads (and cracking in half, leaving the victim unharmed), and falling from heights.

Sexy Stuff

The female character makes overt attempts to catch the eye of her uninterested crush. Her unwanted signs of affection (hugs, attempted kisses, moony eyes) turn his face red in anger and embarrassment, but her fixation never wavers.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this stylized cartoon series is hampered by a silly 10-year-old female character whose zealous pursuit of her crush entirely consumes her. When she's not smothering him with unwanted attention (including hugs and attempts to kiss him), she's tapping into her own inner warrior and fighting the bad guys who challenge him. Although his red-faced embarrassment shows his disgust at her advances, he never lets her know how he feels. While the show is aimed at the 6-11 age group, the plot (with the significant exception of the inappropriately obsessive love interest) is ridiculously simplistic and far-fetched for kids that old, leaving only the flashy violence to keep their attention.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynduns July 18, 2016

So... it's okay when Loony Tunes does it, but it's horrible when this show does it?

First off, there are people in real life who act like that towards their crushes, especially at that age. Yeah, it's not a good way to act, but at the sam... Continue reading
Adult Written byAnimeheart August 10, 2011

Cute and Funny

Pucca: Sooga Super Squad is cute, sweet, fast paced, silly, hilarious and over the top. Episodes are about 7 minutes long. The child-like brightly colored anim... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGetLoudAndShoutYeah April 3, 2013

Omg!

This is a cartoon, you think this is real? It's cute and for the laughter, Pucca isn't 10, she's 11. They make me smile and it shows you should... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2009

how dare you!

pucca is the cutest, most adorable show on earth. you sicken me.

What's the story?

Ten-year-old Pucca seems a sweet-natured (if flighty) girl who's content to help out at her family's restaurant and listen to the misguided advice of the three chefs who act as her guardians in her father's absence (he's traveling the globe in search of exciting culinary advances). But when it comes to Garu (Brian Drummond) -- the unlucky object of her affections -- Pucca becomes relentlessly determined to win his heart. She follows him everywhere and stops at nothing to win him over. Innocent Garu, who only wants to focus on honing his ninja skills, finds Pucca's smothering presence irritating -- and it's not long before viewers start to agree with him.

Is it any good?

PUCCA chronicles a young girl's exhaustive attempts to win over her one true love, who, despite her best efforts, remains focused instead on his career. But this isn't a soap opera, a dramedy, or even a movie of the week. Pucca is actually an animated kids' series that blends martial arts with a touch of magic and heavy doses of desperate, unrequited love. The mix is a recipe for disaster that will leave parents (especially those with daughters) with a bad taste in their mouths. While Pucca and Garu's problems could be resolved by some effective communication, the situation is complicated by the fact that neither of them speaks in actual words. Inexplicably, they're among the few characters on the show who rely on sounds -- mostly giggles and grunts -- to communicate.

Pucca is plagued by storylines and subject matter that can't find age-appropriate common ground. The complicated love/hate relationship and the prevalence of violence pushes the show toward the upper end of the age spectrum, but the otherwise simplistic plot drags it down and will bore older kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships between boys and girls. What's the difference between liking someone as a friend and liking someone as a boy/girlfriend?

  • How can you let someone know that you like him/her? How does it feel when someone has a crush on you? How would you react if the person you liked didn't feel the same about you?

  • Can a crush be taken too far? This show offers parents the chance to clarify their rules about dating and might even be a starter for the birds-and-the-bees conversation.

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