The New Adventures of Figaro Pho

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Kid embraces fears, fresh adventures in delightful series.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The series shows a young boy finding ways to cope with his fears while still enjoying life outside his lonely home.

Positive Messages

Major themes include courage and perseverance. The series touches on issues of anxiety and fear in humorous ways that show kids they're a fact of life but can be overcome with effort. Figaro doesn't let his anxiety stop him from experiencing new things, even when doing so involves many mistakes and fears along the way. Others around him aren't so appealing, including the boogery Snotty Ronald and Prudence, who's determined to show up Figaro at every turn. Figaro's sweet relationship with his constant companion, Rivet, shows loyalty and friendship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Figaro acknowledges his fears but chooses to face them rather than hiding away. In so doing, he opens himself up to new possibilities, all of which he enjoys to one degree or another. His human companions aren't model friends, but Rivet is as faithful as they come. This kid-centric series generally casts adults as bumbling or intimidating.

Violence & Scariness

Some scary moments and monsters of all kinds. Figaro's generally anxious state enhances the scenes when he's jumpy, but there are characters who are scary on sight. No violence, but many mishaps look painful.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The New Adventures of Figaro Pho centers on a boy who works hard each day to conquer his many fears by trying things that are outside his comfort zone. Though there's a lot of humor, most of which is physical because there's no dialogue in the show, there are also moments of triumph when Figaro pushes through his phobias and achieves something new. Those with weak stomachs for gross-out humor may want to avoid scenes that include Figaro's friend Snotty Ronald and his icky nasal discharge. Some jumpy moments could scare younger kids, but empowering messages round out this show that's really fun to watch.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byAmanda P. August 24, 2017
Parent of a 4 year old Written bykrissy k. March 27, 2018

Weird

My son is four and he absolutely loves it... not sure why i really dont get the point of it... but the show gives me time to cook/clean... no bad words or anyt... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySquid August 28, 2017

creepy

i have seen lots of scary movie but this is just creepy

What's the story?

In THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FIGARO PHO, multi-phobic Figaro Pho decides to look past his fears and try new things such as ice-skating and martial arts. Even with his newfound positive attitude, things don't always go as planned for Figaro, especially when Obsessive Prudence and Snotty Ronald are around to make things messy (often literally, in Ronald's case). But Figaro can always count on his faithful pet, Rivet, who seems to sense the boy's feelings and always wants to lend a paw in helping him along.

Is it any good?

This exceptionally rendered Australian CGI series has an unusual hero in Figaro -- a chronic worrier who approaches new experiences with a mixture of anticipation and terror -- but it works here. His quirks make him relatable, and the fact that he confronts them rather than allowing them to dictate his actions shows kids the value of facing your fears and trying new things.

Initially it's a surprise that the characters don't talk, and there are some times when you wish they'd share their thoughts through words, but sound effects and music do a good job conveying what's needed in The New Adventures of Figaro Pho. There are scary moments and a decidedly unappealing character in the perpetually boogery Ronald (kids will love it, though), but there's also the joy of accomplishment and the excitement of discovering new things.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fears and overcoming them. How does doing so seem to change Figaro Pho? What are some of your kids' fears? Have they ever had to face them head-on?

  • How does having a loyal friend make it easier to face difficult events? Kids: Who are some of your closest friends? What kinds of things have you helped each other through?

  • How would this show be different if the characters spoke? Did you ever have trouble following what was going on without dialogue? What other clues are you given to help you along?

  • How do the characters in The New Adventures of Figaro Pho demonstrate courage and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?

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