The Mr. Men Show

Common Sense Media says

Animated sketch 'toon more about fun than lessons.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show celebrates self-expression and self-acceptance. But some characters embody negative personality traits like laziness and rude behavior, and there are no repercussions for their actions, which are played for humor.

Violence & scariness

A few characters are clumsy by nature and so often sport bandages, but injuries themselves aren't shown.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The cartoon is based on a series of kids' books, so young viewers may take a new interest in them (but nothing's wrong with that!).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that each character in this animated sketch comedy based on a popular series of kids books is named for the emotion or personality quirk he or she embodies. Some exhibit positive traits (Little Miss Sunshine or Mr. Happy, for example), but others have less-enviable attributes -- like rudeness, laziness, and messiness. The mix of personalities makes for silly, kid-friendly humor; the show also touches on the challenges of relating to people who are different and celebrates the art of self-expression. On the downside, characters are consistently one-dimensional and never adjust their behavior based on the situation or the others' reactions.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In the quirky town of Dillydale, individuality is the name of the game, and residents actually embody the unique traits that make them who they are. From Mr. Happy's (voiced by Sam Gold) unfailing optimism to Little Miss Whoops' (Alicyn Packard) propensity for accidents, there's no shortage of interesting -- and often silly -- happenings when the characters interact. Based on Roger Hargreaves' popular Mr. Men and Little Miss books, this animated sketch comedy series gives young viewers a new perspective on human emotion and interpersonal relationships.

Is it any good?

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On the surface, there's a lot to like about this lighthearted cartoon, and the good news is that it has the potential to appeal to kids from preschool through grade school. The bold, "retro" animation and simple storylines play to the attention span of very young viewers, who will easily grasp the basics of how the characters' actions match up with their personalities. (Parents may even find that the show helps them relate certain characters' negative traits -- like Mr. Messy and Mr. Rude -- to their young kids' behavior.) Meanwhile, older children can look deeper into the characters' relationships and figure out how personality differences impact their encounters.

But don't search too hard for meaningful content here: Since the characters never alter their behavior to better suit any situation, the show makes no real attempt to instill values or demonstrate lessons learned. Characters remain consistently one-dimensional, and even those with obvious negative behavior aren't encouraged to change their ways.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the characters' different personality traits. How do you know which ones are "good" and which are "bad"? Do you know which ones you should copy and which ones you shouldn't? Families can also discuss how well books translate into TV shows. Kids: Are you familiar with the Mr. Men and Little Miss books? If so, which do you like better -- the books or the show? Why? Can you think of other shows that are based on books? Which do you like best? Why?

TV details

Cast:Alicyn Packard, Joseph J. Terry, Sam Gold
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Educator and Parent of a 7 year old Written byhoku989 June 20, 2010
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4
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Read the books first, then watch the shows

My 7 year old just discovered the books and loves to read them so finding a show about the books just makes it more entertaining. Since we spend a good deal of time discussing the scenes in the books, I am not worried about the 1 dimensional aspect that it has. My son's favorite character is Mr Bump.
Kid, 8 years old August 19, 2009
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7
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Too Old

I Saw This Show On Cartoonetwork In Louisiana Or It Might Have Ben In Alabama I Was Seven When I Watched It I Am Eight Now I Am Too Old To Watch It
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2011
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2
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A Show For The Young Ones

This show is good. A great show for little ones.
What other families should know
Great messages

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