Super Monsters Furever Friends

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Bland franchise add-on introduces new animal characters.

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Educational Value

The story intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Two Super Monsters expand their emotional awareness as part of story. Lobo learns value of patience. Frankie finds a balance between feeling envious of his friends' good fortune and happy for them for the same reason. Recurring themes of friendship, respect for diversity.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adult characters are involved in kids' experiences and, in a few cases in particular, gently help them identify and cope with emotions in constructive ways.

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Sexy Stuff

This special is part of the Super Monsters franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Super Monsters Furever Friends introduces a set of animal characters to the cast of the popular Netflix series, pairing the young monsters with pets that complement their personalities. As such, it feels more like an extended advertising ploy for the new animal characters (and the inevitable merchandise to follow) than it does a quality story add-on. Even so, fans will want to tune in, and other than the marked lack of a compelling storyline, there's nothing to cause concern in their doing so. Two characters face challenging emotions that they must wrestle with and overcome, and the show's strong themes of tolerance and friendship continue to be prominent in this story.

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What's the story?

On the first night of spring, the Super Monsters and their parents gather to celebrate under a Monster Moon in SUPER MONSTER FUREVER FRIENDS. With food, decorations, and even a super special dragon tradition of a sparkly treasure hunt, this event promises to be all kinds of fun, but the evening gets even better as one by one, the youngsters begin making monster matches with their new "forever" pet friends, buddying up and sharing the new magical powers their bonds unlock.

Is it any good?

This franchise add-on sacrifices a compelling storyline for what its chief objective seems to be: introducing a new group of animal characters to the cast. To be fair, they're adorable, funny, and nicely paired to the diverse personalities among the Super Monsters, but because of the time it takes to add them to the mix, the overall story gets shortchanged, leaving Super Monsters Furever Friends to feel like an extended ad campaign for the items sure to hit the toy shelves.

That said, the show's young fans won't be bothered at all by this, and the special does present two characters who hone valuable social-emotional skills in the course of the story, in both cases with the help of adults who work with the kids to identify and understand some complicated feelings. The bottom line? Furever Friends isn't the best that the Super Monsters franchise has to offer, but kids who already know and like the show will want to see how the characters and their new animal friends come to meet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes the Super Monsters such good friends despite their obvious differences. What commonalities do they share? How do their differences help them challenge their own perspectives and see things from others' points of view? Why is this a valuable skill?

  • Who in Super Monsters Furever Friends deals with challenging emotions? To whom do they turn for help? How does talking about your feelings help you work through them? Kids: Who do you trust to help when you are feeling sad or stressed?

  • What examples of tolerance and kindness do you see at play in the characters? What can you learn from their experiences that might help you in your relationships with peers? Is it reasonable to expect to be friends with everyone you meet? What is the difference between being friends and showing respect?

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For kids who love preschool fun

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