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The Wonder Pets!

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
The Wonder Pets! TV Poster Image
Kid-friendly mini-operas about teamwork and more.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 66 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 31 reviews

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Kids will learn valuable social skills like teamwork, cooperation, and communicating.

Positive Messages

The characters face challenges, solve problems, and celebrate as a team.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are persistent, eager to help others, and work well as a team. They're also very relatable, since their voices sound like real kids'.

Violence & Scariness

Some very mild peril when the friends must rescue baby animals in trouble.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wonder Pets! is a very kid-friendly show about being part of a team, gaining confidence, and using responsive communication (the original musical compositions feature communication through song, like a mini-opera). It will help preschoolers and kindergartners learn more about working cooperatively with others.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykatinkan April 9, 2008

Cute, Cute, Cute

My 5 year old son loves this show. He sings along. They demonstrate teamwork and they also educate a little about the animals they are saving. He also loves Sp... Continue reading
Adult Written byLadybugs April 9, 2008

Good premis, but bad lisp!

My 2 1/2 year old son really loves this show, and I must admit, the premis is very good. He likes to sing the "teamwork" song, and will even act out... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 19, 2016

A www, I LOVED this show when I was little!

Of course this show would appear boring as of now, I just LOVED it growing up! I would idolize Linny and reference the Flyboat all the time. It is SUCH an adora... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 21, 2012

The Wonder Brats is more like it!!!!!!!!!!!

This show is so repetitive,AND IT'S POINTLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The songs in this show give me splitting headaches!!

What's the story?

Stars of THE WONDER PETS! Linny the guinea pig, Ming-Ming the duckling, and Tuck the turtle are classroom pets who, after the last child has left for the day, answer a tin-can call from a baby animal in distress somewhere in the world. They instantly fly, hop, or crawl into action by flying off to the rescue in their Flyboat (made from scattered playroom toys). The main characters communicate via song, using real children's voices. Award-winning composers have developed musical accompaniments that match the ups and downs of each adventure and the culture of the area explored.

Is it any good?

Even though Linny, Ming-Ming, and Tuck are animals who sing opera and fly in a toy boat, they're very relatable for young viewers. First off, thanks to the preschoolers who provide their voices, they sound like real kids. Also, by using photo-puppetry, the animators manipulated photographs of animals to give the characters realistic visuals.

More precocious preschoolers and some kindergartners may find the fuzzy softness of these three pets, and the show in general, too young for their taste. Too bad, because The Wonder Pets!, which combines adventure, an exemplary model of teamwork in action, and interesting information about different animals in our world, is a brilliant addition to the world of children's television.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' ability to stick with a challenge without becoming frustrated, to work together as a team, and, along the way, to share funny experiences with friends.

  • Which Wonder Pet is your favorite? Why?

  • Specific animals featured in the episodes, such as a baby dolphin caught in a net, may spark discussion about the challenges these animals face in the wild and how humans are intervening to support (or hinder) their survival.

  • How do the characters on The Wonder Pets! demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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