Sharkdog's Fintastic Halloween

TV review by
Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media
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Sharkdog returns in mysterious and fun Halloween adventure.

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Educational Value

Similar to Sharkdog, Max, his two best friends, and Sharkdog embark on an adventure. But this time there is a twist: they must determine the identity of a Halloween thief. The group relies on their problem-solving skills, including communication and creativity.

Positive Messages

The importance of friendship, teamwork, adventure, and creativity are highlighted in the story.

Positive Role Models

Max, Royce, and Olivia are positive role models because they display flexible thinking, hard work, and curiosity.

Diverse Representations

This special emphasizes themes of friendship and collaboration. Three of the main characters are from diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Violence & Scariness

The special features a Kraken sea monster, with tentacles and menacing eyes, who steals peoples Halloween decorations and candy. The children attempt to capture the sea monster with a metal container. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sharkdog's Fintastic Halloween Adventure is a fun, fast-paced animated holiday special that features the same characters as Sharkdog. Max (voiced by Liam Mitchell), along with Sharkdog (Dee Bradley Baker) and his two best friends Royce (Aly Mawji) and Olivia (Judy Alice Lee) try to save Halloween and rid their town of a mystifying Halloween thief. The show features developmentally appropriate humor, teamwork, and strategy, as the friends work together. Viewers of the original show will be in for more adventure, but this time with Halloween thrills and mystery. 

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What's the story?

SHARKDOG'S FINTASTIC HALLOWEEN takes viewers back in time, as present-day Max tells a story "The Legend of the Fearsome Fog" when present day Foggy Springs was called Fishy Springs, long long ago. Max's story is a silly and mysterious adventure, as he tells the tale of the town's Halloween thief who went around stealing the people's candy and Halloween decorations. Max includes himself, Sharkdog, Royce, and Olivia in the story as they must uncover the identity of the thief, or risk being unable to trick-or treat. Determined to prove that Sharkdog isn't the criminal, Max and his friends find the Kraken sea monster and they think they've saved the day -- but the mystery isn't quite over yet. Will Max and his friends succeed in saving Halloween? 

Is it any good?

This animated holiday special provides viewers with an adventure-filled and mysterious view of Max and Sharkdog's town on Halloween. Sharkdog's Fintastic Halloween has a big presence on-screen, similiary to the orginal show, with its bold animation style, bright colors, and fast-paced soundtrack. Kids can learn some light problem-solving skills, and there are some diverse characters. This special is a fun way for children to get into the spooky spirit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Max and his friends first try to uncover the identity of the Halloween thief without any help from an adult. Is that a good idea? Why or why not? 

  • How do you think it made Delilah feel when everyone forgot her birthday? How do you think everyone in the town felt when Mayor Muckford canceled trick-or-treating? How do you think it made Sharkdog feel when he was accused of stealing? 

  • Max and his friends are celebrating Halloween in this special! Do you celebrate Halloween? What's your favorite costume, candy, or Halloween tradition? 

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For kids who love spooky stuff

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