The Fox-Badger Family
By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Blended animal family has gentle adventures.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters frequently learn social and emotional lessons.
People can be different and still have things in common. Love transcends differences. Courage, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion are important qualities to show. Communication and teamwork can help get things done. Parents need to know where you are for safety. Cheating doesn't pay.
Positive Role Models
The family communicates well, and the parents set a good example for the children, teaching them to be compassionate and accepting of others. There's a lot of love within the family, and the adults, including the fox father from a previous marriage, are mature and respectful, putting the children's needs first. The children sometimes bicker, but they learn from their mistakes and show empathy toward each other, often coming together using teamwork to save the day.
The badger father and mother fox create a new family with their children from previous relationships, which offers a positive, supportive example of a blended family coming together with love and kindness. The fox father from a previous marriage comes to take the kids out to play, integrating into the family in a loving way. The series was originally released in French, and is dubbed by voice actors Sharon Mann, Kaycie Chase, and Barbara Scaff.
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Violence & Scariness
Occasional peril, but no one is seriously hurt. Bullying and name-calling between the kids and local tomcats, including threats like "we will punch you." A scary dog gets the scent of foxes and chases them, aggressively barking at the bottom of a tree. Mention of badger mother's death. One of the badger children sneaks out alone at night without parent permission.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passing reference to a badger child going on a date; others make kissy noises.
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Teasing/insult words such as "lousy," "fleabags," "carrot top," and "chumps" used between kids. "Darn," "phooey," "fart," and "son of a tiny badger" used, as well as mention of "taking a pee."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fox-Badger Family is an animated series for young kids about a blended animal family and their adventures, which could be used to start discussions with kids around difference and acceptance. Rosie's mom is a fox, and her dad is a badger; her baby sister Berry is a badger, too, along with her two new brothers. There's mention of the badger mom dying, and Rosie's fox father is separated from her mother, but he still comes to take her out to play. Along with their friends, the creatures roam the countryside and learn how to get along in the world and with each other. They show good communication skills and compassion for others, and solve problems through teamwork. There's some name-calling, such as "lousy," "fleabags," and "chumps," as well as mild peril, though nobody is ever seriously hurt. The show was originally released in French and dubbed in English by voice actors Sharon Mann, Kaycie Chase, and Barbara Scaff.
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What's the Story?
THE FOX-BADGER FAMILY is an animated series about a blended family of foxes and badgers who are learning to live together. The children go on small adventures around the countryside and are taught important life lessons, gradually understanding themselves, each other, and the world better. Originally released in French, it's dubbed in English by voice actors Sharon Mann, Kaycie Chase, and Barbara Scaff.
Is It Any Good?
With gorgeous watercolor backgrounds of forest landscapes, this sweet series is easy on the eyes and gentle enough for preschoolers to enjoy. The ferny forests and kind characters are a lovely blend, and provide plenty of scope for adventure and learning throughout The Fox-Badger Family series. Based on a French-Canadian book, the show offers great messages about accepting differences and learning to live together in harmony.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the family structure in The Fox-Badger Family. Do you know any families like them in real life, where families have come together to create a new one? How does everyone get along?
How do the characters communicate with each other? Can you think of examples where communicating helped them? Why is communication an important character strength?
What does the show teach about compassion for others, particularly those who are different from you?
The characters often use teamwork to solve problems. Can you think of examples from your own life where you've solved a problem by working as a team?
- Premiere date: July 18, 2018
- Cast: Sharon Mann, Kaycie Chase, Barbara Scaff
- Network: Kids Street
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: February 5, 2023
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