Small children will love these characters and short vignettes, but there is literally nothing intellectually stimulating or edifying about this show. It isn't actively *harmful* to children, nor does it actively push seriously bad messages, but if given the option, you should probably steer them toward something a bit more substantive.
All I can go by is the 1990s show, which I saw a few times. (I watched because I liked the books.) The producers know the attention spans of preschoolers. I'm not worried about the characters' one-dimensionality- that was the way the author intended them to be.
A big step down from the book series, which I grew up with.
I did not like this show. The theme song was annoying, the animation was lazy, the voice acting was bad, the characters were also annoying (they were at least funny in the books, and the original TV series'), and the show was pretty boring. Not really funny in my opinion either. I'm not shocked that the show only lasted 2 years and got cancelled.
Outrageous. As these nightmare-giving creatures emit horrible and misleading "lessons", their laughs are just wicked and cruel. My three year-old child would would be scared-until-fainting. Their look is brutal. Especially Mr. Messy, which looks like a pink, scribble rather than a pleasant figure.
Parent of a 7-year-oldWritten byhoku989June 20, 2010
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.
As a person who grew up reading about these charcters in the books I was excited to see there was going to be a cartoon with them. It's great to see them making a comeback with new characters, books and now a fun cartoon which I love.