The Wonder Pets!



Kid-friendly mini-operas about teamwork and more.
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What parents need to know

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

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this very kid-friendly show is 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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

TV details

Cast:Matthew Black, Scarlett Sperduto, Teala Dunn
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Horses and farm animals, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byjcarole April 9, 2008

Brain Numbing

This is definitely for LITTLE kids. It's brain numbingly dumb - and the noise never stops. The stories are non-sensical - e.g. they worry about a snail drowning while all the animals are underwater to save it (for a long time without breathing apparatus). My daughter thought it was the stupidist thing she'd ever seen. So parent's beware, if you get your kid hooked on this - you only have yourself to blame.
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 Spongebob, Fairly Oddparents, Jimmy Neutron, etc. If I had to pick a show for him to watch I definitely prefer something more wholesome like Wonder Pets.
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 some Wonder Pets and the songs (teamwork and when they're discovering which animal is in trouble) when he's playing in his room. My only problem with this show is Ming Ming's lisp. When young children are learning to pronounciate clearing, it doesn't help to be watching a duck who says "twee" instead of "tree". This show would be a 10/10 if not for the lispy duck.


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