Tinga Tinga Tales

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 4+

African folk tales feed kids' curiosity, teach good lessons.

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

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The best show I ever seen and so fun tales
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A Serious concern

The concept is great, the colours, characters and music excellent. HOWEVER I have great reservations about the messaging and stories. 4 episodes in and I see it as an adult dark comedy. Each episode is meant to have a story and moral about each animal. Here’s my issue. The bat who misbehaves was broken and emotional scarred for life by the other animals . To the extent he no longer comes out of his cave In the day and can’t see. The tortoise and hare remake. Showed the tortoise continually winning by cheating and then permanently injuring the hare for life, by placing thorns in its way - he was credited for this. It’s okay to win at all costs including crippling someone for life. I was suspicious of the porcupine story but persisted, no surprise there. The porcupine had a wonderful soft coat, which was stolen by the Jackal, while sleeping, and injuring It by making it sleep in a bed of biting ants. This became a permanent skin condition. Ironically they quoted throughout “I want, doesn’t get” but in the end the Jackal gets the softest most luxurious coat with no consequence. Jokes aside, I am AFRICAN and I’m appalled at this representation of stories. Our stories are always full of real morals that transcend age. This sends a very bad message to young children.

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