Parents' Guide to

The Minimighty Kids

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Iffy messages galore in series about accepting your flaws.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

What is this crap!

Oh my God this show is Another level of awfulness all of the characters are brats they liked to terrorize people like doctors grown ups and etc. Plus they like to bully everybody in every ficken episode. They only one character that does not bother me is peter pup he's so cute. But all the other characters are always rude.
age 8+

Tries to deliver a good message, but kinda doesn't.

I can see the good intentions with the story, and the message of "Love yourself!" it's trying to deliver; and the endings can be even heartwarming... but the stories are often a little far from delivering a good message. The show is meant to send a good message to bullied kids, yet in the show the main characters themselves will often bully other kids when they gain their super powers, and will be seen bullying kids in other episodes. Actually, many kids tend to become... aggressive and really mean when they gain their super powers, and will go out of their way to "get back" at their bullies (and even at anyone who looks at them funny), and they're usually cheered on when they do this, as though it's a good thing that they did it. As if that wasn't enough of an issue, the "bullies" in the show are portrayed as entirely mean characters who never change, as opposed to just people like everyone else; and bullying is seem as "okay" when it's done against the 'bullies'. Name-calling, cartoon violence, public humiliation; all things the superhero kids do to the 'bullies' and get away with. The bullies are not once given a chance to improve, either. Also, the show has its own share of bullying being.. oddly encouraged, as long as it isn't against the main character. Body type, height, appearance, tics, and even looking different from the expected for your gender will be played for laughs with other characters, in an often ableist/sexist/transphobic way, and the heroes who do it get away with it just fine. In one episode, one bully has his clothes turned into girly clothes (a pink dress and a blond wig) by one of the heroes, and all the other kids laugh at him and mock him for looking feminine; and the hero kid is cheered on for doing this, while the now bullied kid keeps getting mocked until he goes off screen and never returns. This actually made me really sad when I saw it. I expected the hero kid to apologize afterward, but he doesn't; the show ends with the hero kid "saving the day" and skips to a poem about making friends; and the poem is cute, but the story of the episode ruins it. And not only that; animals being 'hurt' is also played for laughs, weirdly enough. One of the hero kids randomly turns a dog into a sausage only because the dog growled at him. The dog was on a leash. He just did it because the dog was "mean". Again, this confuses me a lot. Animals don't think like us and the dog clearly wasn't a "bully" too, I don't get why he had to do that to the dog; but, of course, that's also played for laughs and the kid is not held accountable. Not to mention a lot of the "flaws" portrayed in the show are... questionable on their own. Stuttering and twitching are actual problems and it's really awesome that they talk about it, but... comparing that with having "really stinky feet" is a little weird to do. I could go on about the message it gives about hygiene too, but honestly, the gross-out part of the show is still far from being as big of an issue to me as the bullying in it; and gross-out humor is at least funny to some people. It's a pity, the art style is really cute, and the animation is smooth. The art is what caught my eyes at first, really, but after I watched a few episodes I realized the show was a lot less 'cute' than what I imagined it would be. The little cat with stinky feet is the most adorable thing in the world when you see him the first time, and then after 10 minutes of him being mean on the screen you'll be asking yourself "Oh god, who thought this was a good way to end an episode?". It's a little disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this show if you're trying to teach kids about bullying; and definitely not to a kid who's struggling with being bullied. An older kid with a good grasp of what bullying is could find the show uplifting in its own way, but even then, they should know not to take it too seriously. Some parts can be hurtful to the viewer, even, if one is self-conscious. It has its good moments, but it's far from being good for kids who've been struggling with bullying. A kid who's into gross-out humor may find it funny, though, as long as they know not to take the cartoon too seriously. Even I could find some uplifting bits in it that made me smile. It has a very nice, wholesome message of "Love yourself!" and "Love your flaws!" a lot of the time, but the writing ruins it. Some episodes are cuter and more wholesome than others, while others will make you really uncomfortable.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The animation is charming and the jokes perfectly pitched at a second-grade level (i.e., gross body humor), but the messages in this French import are so iffy that parents may want to think twice. In the anonymous big city they live in, each anthropomorphized animal character feels alone at the start of each episode, marooned in solitary misery over their physical, emotional, and/or character flaws. By the end of each episode, they've come to appreciate, sometimes even to celebrate, the things they once lamented. So far, so good; self-acceptance is a message most can get behind.

But it's all the stuff in the middle of The Minimighty Kids that's problematic. Characters are painted in an awfully stereotypical way: unsympathetic characters are ugly, good characters are cute (and usually white to the dark-furred villains). Female characters are rare, and usually depicted as admirers and helpers for the male characters; if they star in their own segment, it's often for a classically female problem like being an "airhead" or a "motormouth." Some animals are mocked for their physical size, for atypical gender presentation, for physical problems that in real life would merit a trip to the doctor (persistent gas means a child has gastrointestinal issues, not that he's vulgar). Sophomoric gross-out humor is at Garbage Pail Kids levels, with many episodes focusing on body issues like farting, a runny nose, stinky feet, etc. One episode features a character with the "super sniffles" splattering everyone in sight with bright green mucous, and using ropes of it to rescue a girl from a burning building. Yikes. Shakespeare this is not.

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