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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sunny Day is a gentle animated series aimed at preschoolers. Social-emotional lessons about cooperation, friendship, and kindness are taught in each episode, but don't try this series looking for lessons about science, history, or math. The characters are generally kind to each other and to the people who come into Sunny's salon looking for help, and the pink-and-purple sparkly animation will appeal to young children. Parents may not appreciate how stereotypically female the show is, with plot lines about cute baby animals, baked goods, birthday wishes, and other sticky-sweet stuff. They will appreciate that characters have diverse skin tones, though. A minor subplot about a dogcatcher may make kids concerned about their own pets; parents may need to explain to kids how different types of security people help keep them safe.
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What's the story?
In the animated series SUNNY DAY, Sunny (Lilla Crawford) has her own salon where she solves her customer's problems every day with the help of her best friends and co-workers: hair colorist Roz (Élan Luz Rivera), receptionist Blair (Taylor Louderman), and her talking dog, Doodle (Rob Morrison). Sometimes the SUNNY DAY crew have problems of their own, too -- sometimes they even fight. But with a little hairstyling magic, and some supportive friendship, everything works out in the end.
Is it any good?
Easygoing, nonthreatening, and drawn with a pink-and-purple palette that will appeal to young viewers, this mild animated series is an OK choice for preschool viewers. Princess-mad young girls will definitely enjoy it. That doesn't mean Sunny Day is ground-breaking or great -- in fact, the squealing and twirling and cupcake-baking may make parents roll their eyes a little. But for young viewers who like their entertainment super sweet, this series has serious appeal, and so do its characters, bedecked as they are with flowery, fancy clothes and multicolored hair.
The problems they face tend toward the sweet, too: a local princess who wants a look at the hoi polloi, a topiary tree contest that goes awry, lost puppies, friends who keep stumbling until they learn to work together. It's all the kind of stuff you've seen before on animated shows like Strawberry Shortcake or Care Bears (and done with more skill on series like My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic).
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Families can talk about why Sunny Day uses a pastel-and-brights color scheme. Who is it aimed at? What gives you this idea? What other shows can you name that use a similar animation style and similar color scheme?
How would this show change if its characters worked somewhere different? A grocery store? A movie theater? A military base? Do you think this show's setting contributes to the types of stories it tells?
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