Super Monsters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Kindly monsters model positive behavior for preschoolers.
 Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The show focuses on emotional development in the preschool set, using the kids' experiences to show viewers why behavior like respecting others, expressing yourself, and heeding advice is important.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see the characters learn important social lessons that help them get along with others and grow as people (and monsters). Each story shows one or more of the preschoolers in a situation that challenges their patience, courage, determination, ability to follow directions, etc. There's always a consequence for making poor choices and an opportunity to make it right and learn from the mistake. The kids' unique qualities are celebrated by the grown-ups and the students' peers.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Igor and Esmie are nurturing and caring role models for their students. They share advice and gently guide their behavior, but they also allow the kids to make mistakes so they can learn from them. Much like human preschoolers, the kids can be moody, indecisive, bossy, and selfish at times, but once they recognize the error of their ways, they work hard to get back on track.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Monsters is an animated preschool series about six young supernatural beings learning how to be the best people -- and monsters -- they can be. The stories play out in a school setting, so while there's little parental influence, there is the ubiquitous presence of two kind and nurturing teachers who help the kids understand their feelings and change their behavior when it's appropriate. Each episode sees one or more of the preschoolers engaged in something that causes a problem for himself or his friends. Consequences arise, and the character must decide whether to continue the errant behavior or take responsibility for and fix his actions. In every case, choosing the latter inspires positive self-esteem and improved friendships among the kids. This enjoyable series is a fun way to introduce matters of emotional development and social relationships to preschoolers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written byAkyaa M. November 3, 2017

Not Educational or Interesting

Other than the 10 seconds the monsters morph, the show is dull. My son watched 2 episodes and forgot all about it. The plots are weak. We were happy to see a l... Continue reading
Adult Written byHerman M. October 25, 2017

Wanted to like it as my daughter does

While my daughter likes it who is a kindergartner, I loathe when it is on. Not to say I didn’t want to like it, it is just the music is so loud and repetitive w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byF.R.S April 25, 2018

These are supposed to be monsters?

I will give this show credit for teaching good lessons. I like that. But my complaint is: why use monsters? I love monsters, but they are practically the antith... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SUPER MONSTERS, young monsters and magical beings learn the ins and outs of using their super abilities and of being good people at Pitchfork Pines Preschool. The descendants of such famous folks as Frankenstein and Dracula, these preschoolers arrive at school just as the sun goes down and then transform from humans into their alter egos: Katya (Andrea Libman), a witch; Frankie (Erin Matthews), a monster; Drac (Vincent Tong), a vampire; Lobo (Alessandro Juliani), a werewolf; Zoe (Nicole Anthony), a zombie; and Cleo (Elyse Maloway), a mummy. Under the gentle instruction of teachers Igor (Ian James Corlett) and Esmie (Britt McKillip), these youngsters learn about being good people and good monsters.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers will love the antics of these newbie monsters, and parents will love the strong examples of self-control, kindness, respect, and determination that are impossible to miss in the stories. Let's face it: Being a kid is hard work. Every day is filled with making and (hopefully) owning up to mistakes, and then attempting to transfer the resulting lessons to future behavior. It's not always a successful endeavor, and just when you've mastered one issue, another one awaits your attention. Not only do the monsters show kids how to navigate this tricky terrain, they also remind kids that the learning process is a challenge they share with them.

Positive messages aside, Super Monsters is an exceedingly delightful show to watch because of its vibrant animation and colorful (both figuratively and literally) characters. It's a gentle way to introduce the concepts of magic and monsters to kids, as the characters' experiences are relatable to viewers' own. Just like preschoolers, these characters are prone to mistakes and subject to a range of emotions, so there's something positive to learn from every story, and it's easy to find a particular episode that explores an issue that hits home with you and your tots on any given day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how learning to control our own behavior helps us be better friends to others. Kids: When others get angry, frustrated, or impatient, how does it make you feel? Why is it important to express your feelings rather than keeping them to yourself? How do the characters in Super Monsters handle their feelings?

  • In what ways do friends step up to help each other in this show? Do their different personalities make that challenging in some cases? Do you ever find it difficult to be a good friend?

  • Which characters demonstrate positive character strengths like courage and self-control? Do the characters' experiences help you better understand situations that are difficult for you? How does having trusted grown-ups around help in difficult cases?

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