The Koala Brothers

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Brothers struggle with the simple(st) things.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

Buster and Frank are always trying to help their friends.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is appropriate for even the youngest viewers because its plot is slow, the characters are gentle, and the claymation animation is pleasant. It can be tedious for viewers over 5, but the characters are sweet and have distinct personalities. The series' premise is about helping others -- illustrated by the time devoted at the end of the show to singing a ditty called "The Helping Song." There's nothing offensive here, but if your child is only allowed to watch a limited amount of TV, know that there are much more educational programs out there.

User Reviews

Adult Written bytiwi March 2, 2016

I Love the Show

I'm an adult who enjoys watching animations before I go to bed to put me in a peaceful mood. I stumbled upon the Koala Bros on Netflix and after watching 2...
Parent Written byMChalice December 14, 2010

Sweet, enjoyable and just a tad exotic.

We love these adventures in general. In contrast to the review above, I think the themes are imaginative for young children. The landscape and characters are f...
Kid, 7 years old April 6, 2012

Cool

Ok, i don't watch it anymore but my little brother does when i spot my eyes on it (cause i haven't seen it in a long time) today i got freaked out i w...
Kid, 9 years old July 28, 2012

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I DO NOT LIKE IT BUT I AM 9 IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR LITTLE KIDS

What's the story?

THE KOALA BROTHERS are Buster and Frank Koala. They have two advantages in the Australian Outback that their friends lack: They have a little airplane, and they have each other. Apparently, these two things are enough to motivate them to help see their friends through a series of trite conundrums.

Is it any good?

The characters are pleasing to the eye, and the Australian accents are cute to listen to, but the show often lacks substance. Certainly the premise of helping others is a noble cause, but The Koala Brothers struggles to find challenging problems to solve. Many of the problems are imaginary -- like wanting to sail a boat in the desert, or having packed too many things to take on a short trip. Many of the solutions to these problems are infantile and won't challenge your child.

Overall The Koala Brothers is an inoffensive show that attempts to convey a moral lesson. It's not an educational series, but because it's so slow-moving, it could serve as motivation to do something else besides watch television at noon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the two brothers. Are they good to each other? How do your kids treat their siblings? Do kids feel puzzled or intrigued by the strange predicaments that the brothers find themselves in? Which other shows feature sibling relationships in a positive light?

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