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Parents need to know that Puppy Dog Pals is an animated series about two impetuous pug brothers who find all sorts of adventures in their home and in faraway places. The animals talk, but humans -- including their owner, Bob -- only hear barking when they do so, which can be a little confusing for young viewers. Their adventures often introduce them to new friends and give them the chance to try new things, all of which they do with much enthusiasm. Subtle themes of teamwork and creative problem-solving exist in many of the stories.
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What's the story?
PUPPY DOG PALS is the story of two pug brothers, Rolly (voiced by Sam Lavagnino) and Bingo (Isaac Ryan Brown), who get into all kinds of adventures when their human, Bob (Harland Williams), leaves the house. Some days they embark on missions that take them far from their home; other days there's plenty going on inside their house to keep them quite occupied without setting foot outside. Either way, it's always a race to set things right before Bob returns home, unaware of his pups' penchant for mischief.
Is it any good?
These endearing canine siblings and their boundless enthusiasm for every new experience will appeal to preschoolers, and their adventures have lots of that silly humor that so delights this age group. When their missions take them far from home, they get to meet new friends, try new things, and scurry to make it back in time to greet Bob upon his return. When it's a stay-at-home day, they're often entertained by one of Bob's latest elaborate inventions.
If you're an animal lover yourself, you will take particular joy in pet personalities that clearly are designed to reflect real-life versions of themselves. Pug puppies Rolly and Bingo are impulsive, gregarious, and excitable, which leads them into many unexpected circumstances as they move faster than they think. Their feline roommate, Hissy (Jessica DiCicco), is much the opposite: aloof and self-involved, joining in the fray only when she deems it worth her time and energy. Such insightful touches help make Puppy Dog Pals a cute series for parents as well as young kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the value of working as a team. How do the puppies work together in Puppy Dog Pals? How do many hands make light work? Is it always better to have many opinions of how to solve a problem? What other character strengths besides teamwork are important to you?
Do you notice any similarities between Rolly and Bingo's relationship and what you experience with your own siblings? What is the best part of having brothers and/or sisters? On the other hand, what challenges does being a sibling create?
Kids: Do you generally enjoy new experiences? Can trying something new sometimes be scary? How does stepping out of our comfort zone help us grow?
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