Rubbadubbers

Common Sense Media says

Squeaky-clean content, but only average on message front.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The characters learn about being good friends.

Positive messages

The friends learn that there are consequences (both good and bad) for every action. They also practice basic problem-solving skills, which they put into action when minor disagreements arise. Some storylines touch on friendship. A main character enjoys blowing soap bubbles from his nostrils.

Positive role models

The characters are always concerned about each others’ feelings and try to be good friends to their tubmates.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The series is tied to a line of videos and merchandise, like coloring books and stickers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this energetic series -- and its bath-dwelling characters -- will appeal to preschoolers’ sense of imaginative play and their endless questions about, well, everything. As the characters put their musings ("If only I could have all the bubbles in the world" for instance) to the test in their magical dream world, kids learn that every action has consequences, some of which are difficult to predict. While there’s nothing about the show's content to make it iffy for kids, it doesn't work overtime to convey constructively positive content either.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Rub-a-dub-dub, it’s a tub full of fun for preschoolers as a group of bath toys come to life in RUBBADUBBERS. This British series is set in a bathroom, where bathtime pals Tubb the frog, Terrance the croc-shaped bubble-bath bottle, Sploshy the starfish sponge, and the rest of the gang pass the time until their house's pint-sized humans (who are sometimes overheard but never seen) need a dip. Playtime usually leads to off-the-wall ideas and oversized dreams, which then transport one of the friends to another world -- where they get to act out their wish before returning to the tub with a better sense of the wish's real-life implications.

Is it any good?

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There’s nothing on the surface that's at all iffy about this high-spirited series, and it’s a sure bet that imaginative preschoolers will enjoy the colorful characters and their interplay. But in an age when parents have come to expect a little more from their kids’ entertainment, Rubbadubbers falls slightly short, lacking obviously positive messages that really stand out.

The one thing kids will take away from the show is a sense of consequence, which is illustrated in each story as a character learns how his or her dreams would affect the world as he or she knows it. With some encouragement, preschoolers might learn to apply this kind of sequential analyses to their own musings, helping them predict the outcome of choices they face or ideas they have.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own questions about the world. Kids: If you could find out the answer to any question, what would it be? What would you change about the world if you could?

  • Kids: What do you like to imagine about your toys? Where do your ideas come from? What do you and your friends play together? How do you like to imagine yourself?

  • Kids: How does this series compare to other ones you like? Do you like the animation style? Did you learn anything from the stories?

TV details

Cast:John Gordon Sinclair, Maria Darling, Sean Hughes
Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old July 15, 2012
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2
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:)

I used to love rubba dubbers i reccomend It
Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written byMeredithR July 12, 2010
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Surprising well received

Cute show. I was surprised at how much my 3.5 year old liked this show, because it seems a little dull to me. But the characters all stick together to solve a problem or help out a friend and there is a good message in each show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old November 26, 2009
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2
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Rubbadubbers are COOL!

This show is really enjoyable. The characters always have "if only" wishes. But I have noticed that the only character on the show without if only wishes is the squeaky purple whale, Winona.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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