Rolie Polie Olie



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
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Sexy stuff
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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.

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?


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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Teen, 13 years old Written byRainforestGal March 12, 2010


I thought it was a CUTE show, I liked the colors, the creativity, oldy even the theme song! Why do they keep taking the awesome shows off Disney, I KNOW my little brothers would have loved that show!
What other families should know
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Adult Written bynduns March 30, 2013

Surprisingly good.

You know, it's funny, I actually didn't grow up with this show, but after checking out a bit of it, I kind of wish I had. This is probably one of the most well-thought-out preschool shows ever made. The art direction is incredible. For early CGI, this looks great adding to the fun of the images on screen. And on that note, the writing is really good too. It teaches great messages to kids without coming off as condescending. In other words, it treats kids like intelligent human beings, and I admire that greatly. If you're looking for something for your children to watch, this is a great show for them. Also, one last thing to note to the one who gave it 0 stars... okay, I can understand having issues with the lingo used in the show from time to time, but that is NO reason to give it 0 stars.
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Adult Written byZombieGirl June 20, 2012

Very cute show for kids to watch

I am currently 21 years old and I started watching this at around 9 or 10 years old and even for an older kid it was amusing to watch! I wouldn't mind sitting down and watching it again and if I had a child of my own I wouldn't mind letting my child watch it either! Its cute and the theme song is catchy. The bright colors and shapes are what drew me to the show as well.
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