Sunny Day

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Gentle salon-set preschool series has iffy gender messages.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Science is suspect on this show -- in one episode, Sunny makes an "unsticking" potion loaded with juice and sugar, notoriously sticky substances -- but there are social-emotional lessons about friendship, cooperation, responsibility, and more. 

Positive Messages

Sunny and her friends really want to help the people who come to the salon looking for solutions. However, the problems and the solutions both tend toward the stereotypically female: a dancer who needs a new hairstyle, looking for a lost puppy. Everything is drowned in pink and purple, and the show's characters are always exclaiming over pretty cupcakes or meeting princesses. On the other hand, characters are drawn with many different skin tones, though all are "pretty" and appear to be  young kids though they own businesses and drive. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sunny is sweet-natured, calm, and helpful; Rox is the sassy rebel (you can tell from the guitar music that plays when she's getting off a quip); Blair is tidy, bubbly, and a little overbearing. All are nonthreatening for young kids, and easy to relate to. 

Violence & Scariness

There's a mildly alarming subplot about a neighborhood dogcatcher and the pets who are worried about getting caught that may bother sensitive kids. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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. 

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySMNetwork December 11, 2017

So Much Stereotypes!

The episode I watched revolved around dyeing ballerina's hair pink. Nick Jr needs to learn from the first three seasons of Dora and the whole series of Blu... Continue reading
Parent Written byViola X. March 18, 2018

Nice and sweet

This is totally inoffensive sweet caring programme perfect for little girls and some little boys too. It's all about caring, sharing and solving problems t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPeachyAngel March 27, 2018

Really fun and cute show but if you have a problem with gender stereotypes don't bother

I really like this show, but modern families might not like it. I grew up with Disney princesses liking the color pink and waning to cook and find my prince, no... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMesalie Guimond September 3, 2017

Okay, but lots of girl power in this one.

The latest Nick Jr. show Sunny Day, co-produced with Silvergate Media is amusing , silly but also renforces gender stereotypes. The main potoganist and her frie... Continue reading

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). 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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 do the salon co-workers demonstrate communication and teamwork in solving the problems they face at work? Why are these important character strengths?

  • 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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