A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series promotes positive values like friendship, helpfulness, problem-solving, creativity, respect for the environment, and healthy lifestyles. Characters are dominantly male.
Positive Role Models
Roary himself is cheerful and friendly, if a bit impulsive, and the rest of the cast of vehicles is well-delineated and given distinct personalities. The bummer: Character traits come with stereotypical accents, i.e. the temperamental racing car is Italian, the futuristic computerized drift racing car is Japanese. Another bummer: The only female vehicle on the show is a bright pink and purple ditz with a Pepe Le Pew French accent.
Violence & Scariness
Race cars sometimes spin out or crash on the track, but they're never hurt.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this lively, colorful series for preschoolers includes strong positive messages about topics like sharing, communication, making good choices, and problem-solving. Preschoolers will have so much fun watching Roary's adventures that they won't realize they're picking up important social lessons along the way, and parents can rest assured that there's no iffy content to worry about.
Is It Any Good?
Preschoolers will love tagging along with this colorful cast of speedsters on their fast-paced escapades, and they'll relate to the kid-sized problems that pop up along the way. Roary's penchant for trouble allows plenty of room for learning lessons in friendship, courage, respect, making good choices, and other important social lessons. Plus, the fact that Roary often turns to paternal auto mechanic Big Chris (Peter Kay) for guidance when he's stumped shows young viewers that it's smart to ask for adults' help in a crunch.
With its fun stories and energetic music, Roary the Racing Car is sure to win big with little viewers. The series' only flaw is the disproportionate gender distribution in its characters. In a move that subtly reinforces stereotypes in the traditionally male-dominated field of racing, the show only includes two female characters: Cici, the pink stunt car, and Marsha, the race marshal.
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