Rolie Polie Olie

Common Sense Media says

Imaginative world fit for a giggly preschooler.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Olie and his parents, sister, and friends are considerate and kind as they spin through life's adventures.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this imaginative world of robotic friends is colorful and inviting for preschoolers, but may not seem high-tech and flashy enough for older kids and up. Still, it won an Emmy and appeals to many in its target audience.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In ROLIE POLIE OLIE, Olie (voiced by Cole Caplan) lives with his parents, little sister Zowie (Kristen Bone), and robotic dog Spot (Robert Smith) in a teapot-shaped house with eyes that wink and blink at different pivotal points in the plot. The parents may move like robots, but they're very smooth in their parenting skills, supporting Olie and Zowie to find their own solutions to challenges. At first Olie's parents seem to be perpetuating gender stereotypes, with Mom always in a dress and coiffed hair and Dad wearing a bow-tie, but they're in fact much more contemporary and can rumba their way out of any sticky situation. Olie also has a friend and neighbor, Billy, who looks very different: He's a square-headed robot and lives in a square house with furniture that has edges and corners. Though he looks different, hye and Olie have similar interests and family life. Another colorful character is Olie's rockabilly uncle, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Elvis.

Is it any good?

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This is the type of show that parents need to take a breath and watch for a while to appreciate. Yes, the songs will be stuck in your head for the day. But for a very young preschooler, it's funny, not scary, and extremely silly. Okie dokie?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about many of the issues Olie's family faces, from how to get along with a brother or a sister to what kind of behavior is appropriate at the dinner table. Families can also talk about how much fun it is to use your imagination. What shapes and colors would make up a world all their own?

TV details

Cast:Cole Caplan, Joshua Tucci, Kristen Bone
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters, Robots
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bymcdevil April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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good family fun

my 6 year old son grew up watching this and other shows on disney and it did not effect the way his language developed. I think the way that they have such a close family relationship as well as the friendship with their neighbors "The Bevels" teaches children good values as well as the way they learn to play together and compromise.
Adult Written byjenh April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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i will not let my 2 year old watch this. she is learning to speak right now and i do not want her learning to speak the way they do on that show. i bought one of the dvd's for her for christmas and after watching it on the disney channel i left it in the wrapper on the shelf-she is not allowed to see it until she knows that he does not speak corectly. okey dokey is not right!
Adult Written byMama1313 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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sweet and gentle

My 2 year old finds it highly amusing and I like the cool graphics,okey dokey?

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