Save-Ums

Common Sense Media says

Harmless but noisy attempt to boost self-esteem.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to feel empowered.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lessons in this show are over-simplified and repeated to the point that even small children (who are comforted by the familiar) will find them tiresome. The animation is hard to look at, with lurid colors and clashing backgrounds, and the stories are right on the edge of condescending. There's nothing offensive about the show, but your kids could find many better ways to spend their time.

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What's the story?

The SAVE-UMS are a group of small alien creatures of various shapes who live in the ocean and perform heroic deeds. For example: Two hapless glow worms get into various scrapes -- they can't reach the cell phone, and Grandma is calling! So a Save-Um uses its sticky body to climb up a wall to the phone. In another episode, a ball gets stuck on top of a transport tube device; the heroic solution is to hit a switch, lower the device, and retrieve the ball.

Is it any good?

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The underlying philosophy of Save-ums is that "small is powerful" and anyone can be a hero. But the manifestations of this idea are so trivial and trite that the lesson is rendered almost meaningless.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways the series might adjust its content to be more effective. Ask kids what they're getting out of each episode. What do kids like about the show? What would they change? Are they impressed by how the characters solve problems?

TV details

Network:Discovery Kids
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bywalkerlapointe April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008
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As Said, the Save-Ums are Great!!!

HOLY MOTHER OF CRUD!!! BEST SHOW EVER (on the Ready Set Learn block on Discovery Kids and TLC that is)!!! Are you mad? I LOVE the Save-Ums (along with Franny's Feet, Toddworld, Peep and the Big Wide World, Ren and Stimpy, Squirrel Boy, Where My Dogs At?, etc.)!!! I LOVE the 3D animation, the plots, and the characters (especially Foo) in this show. My favorite character in the show is Foo. Why? Foo always gives good pep talks, she's cute (not as cute as Kirby (from Kirby's Dream Land) and Franny (from Franny's Feet) hate to say it), and she's also one of smartest cartoon characters I met in my life. SAVE-UMS RULES!!! P.S.: Small is powerful, believe it!
Adult Written bykbonardi April 9, 2008
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What's not to like?

Problem solving (often in creative ways) and a message of "small is powerful" -- it's good stuff.

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