Tickety Toc

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lively series exposes preschoolers to concepts of time.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

The series exposes kids to the concept of time by showing Tommy and Tallulah engaging in playtime with their friends while balancing their clock duties. The stories remind preschoolers that schedules keep daily activities running smoothly.

Positive messages

Kids see the main characters manage their time between play and the responsibility they have to ring in each hour. The characters' adventures offer opportunities for them to be good friends, make positive decisions, and learn by trial and error.

Positive role models & representations

Tommy and Tallulah are always eager to help others and solve problems that arise, and they work hard to fulfill their responsibilities at Chime Time.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
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Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tickety Toc is a lively preschool series that exposes kids to the concept of time as it relates to the escapades of two young kids who must fit their fun adventures between their responsibilities to their cuckoo clock home's Chime Time. Friendship and problem solving are common themes, and the show's animation style appeals to kids' big imagination by hinting at the possibility of unseen worlds in everyday places like a clock. Most of all, though, this colorful, upbeat series is just plain fun for kids, and its content is well suited for its young audience.

User Reviews

Grandparent Written byTina A. April 11, 2017

Granddaughters love this show!

While babysitting my granddaughters I was flipping through the channels on TV looking for a show for the 5 year old . I was holding the baby who was about 4-5 m... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 year old Written byVanessaH 3 February 11, 2016

My 2yr old LOVES it!

This is the best show ever! My 2yr old girl has been watching it for about a year now and absolutely loves it!!! My husband and I love it too, there is never a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 26, 2012

Mediocre.

Idea: (6/10)- When i first heard about the idea of this show. i thought this was okay for an idea for a little kids show. i mean think about it. a clock that ha... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byiha356 December 18, 2012

Such a great show!!

This is the cutest show ever! It's so unique and funny I recommend it!!

What's the story?

TICKETY TOC brings to life an imaginative world hidden inside a wall clock, where twins Tommy and Tallulah live and explore. Theirs is a land of talking dog trains, piano-shaped buildings, and a giant hourglass that marks the passing of time. To Tommy (voiced by Toby Ralph) and Tallulah (Isabelle Seratch), every day is a chance for adventure, but those adventures have a way of going comically awry, leaving the kids scrambling to set things right before they have to return to the clock for their Chime Time duties.

Is it any good?

Plenty of preschool series have embraced the task of blending content that appeals to kids with pre-reading skills like letter sounds, shapes, and counting. Tickety Toc tackles a different subject entirely, introducing tots to the concept of time. Tommy and Tallulah live a carefree life behind the closed doors of their clock, but their adventures are limited by their hourly responsibilities as the clock's chimers. In seeing how the characters adapt to these guidelines, kids can relate the experiences to their own schedules and responsibilities for school, playtime, mealtime, and bedtime and start to see patterns in how they spend blocks of time in their own lives.

Of course, this is all well and good for parents, but the selling point for kids will be the show's delightful animation and colorful, comical community of characters. A master chef who just happens to be a cow, a weather-obsessed chicken, and a quirky inventor whose prototypes are prone to minor glitches make for some unpredictable situations that are sure to have tots counting the minutes until the next episode. The animation also does a good job of carrying the clock theme through every scene, incorporating gears and pendulums into background scenery and the characters themselves in creative ways that kids will love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about responsibility. Kids: What responsibilities do you have at home and/or at school? What are the consequences if you don't do these jobs? What would happen if Tommy and Tallulah neglected their Chime Time responsibilities?

  • Kids: How does this show incorporate the themes of time and clocks into its animation? What aspects of Tommy and Tallulah's world make you think about a clock? Do you like the way this show is animated?

  • This series can inspire viewers' imagination, so encourage your kids to think about other places where they might find hidden worlds like this one. What would these lands look like? Who would live there? What jobs would they have?

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