Tinga Tinga Tales

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

What parents need to know

Educational value

The series increases kids' awareness of other cultures and exposes them to different styles of storytelling.

Positive messages

The series exposes kids to African-inspired stories, music, and art, and each story promotes a social theme like sharing, kindness, or courage. The stories cater to kids’ natural curiosity about their surroundings and encourage them to think creatively about the way the world looks and works.

Positive role models

Each of the characters is strong and wise in his own way, but each also has room to improve, as the stories show. Whether their changes are physical or social, the animals learn that positive behavior is rewarded and negative behavior has consequences.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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The show is linked to a series of books for preschoolers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these African folk tales cater to kids’ natural sense of curiosity and will inspire their own creative thinking about the world around them. East African-inspired art and music complement the beautiful stories about how safari animals came to look and act as they do today, and at the heart of each tale is a positive lesson about relating to others and being a good person. This series is a great way to increase kids’ appreciation of the world’s cultural diversity.

What's the story?

TINGA TINGA TALES uses Tanzanian-inspired art to bring animal-centered African folk tales to life. Stories like “Why Lizard Hides Under Rocks” and “Why Lion Roars” put a multicultural spin on the theory of evolution and illustrate interpersonal issues like the importance of sharing, having courage in the face of fear, and being humble.

Is it any good?


This beautifully animated series exposes kids to rich African culture through art, music, and timeless storytelling that will change the way they (and possibly you) look at the world’s animal inhabitants. The intriguing tales were gathered from a range of African nations, and each one takes kids on a fantastical safari adventure to discover the reasons behind the natural world's diversity. Although the show is geared toward preschoolers, its stories and social messages won’t be lost on older kids who tune in, and it will inspire them to think creatively about how the world got to be the way it is today.

Tinga Tinga Tales is a great introduction to multicultural arts and heritage, and its brief format (each story is only 15 minutes long) caters to parents who want to share quality entertainment with their kids in small doses. And since the stories also incorporate positive messages about personal and social responsibility, there will be plenty to discuss about how the animals’ experiences relate to your kids’ lives after the TV’s turned of.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lessons the animals learn. How does their behavior or attitude change? How do their friends help them recognize their negative behavior?

  • How are these stories different from the ones you usually hear in books or on TV? How is the artwork different? Do you like the way this show looks and sounds? Why or why not? 

  • What aspects of the world around you do you think need explanation? What makes different animal species unique? If you could tell the story of how an animal came to look like it does today, what would you say?

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Parent Written byTracesmomma January 29, 2014
age 2+

A Show Definitely Worth Your And Your Childs Time!

Tinga Tinga is a very colorful show with very good music. Every story has a moral to it. So not only does it draw your child in but it teaches your child as well. I decided to write a review after watching this show with my son for a while and both of us loving it. I especially wanted to write this review after reading the 2 not very truthful or satisfying reviews. The child that reviewed this show is 9 years old. This show is for kids about 4 years old (I believe probably 2-6 years actually) So of course a 9 year old would find it boring. The adult that wrote a review stating how terrible the show is for your child to watch clearly only seen bits and pieces of the one episode they complained about. This is a great show. Creativity and Morales are 2 things your child needs to learn and this show helps them with that.
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Great messages
Adult Written byAnnies mom March 31, 2011
age 4+

Disney Junior usually has hits, but this is a miss.

At first glance, the show seems pretty cute. But some of the messages are either intentionally bad or just maybe not well-thought out. In the specific case of "Why the Hare Hops", the illustration given is a race between the tortoise and the hare. Instead of winning the race by hard work, the tortoise beats the hare over and over again by taking shortcuts and by sabotaging the hare by scattering thorns across the road for the hare to run over. The hare actually runs over the thorns and hurts his feet but there are no consequences for the tortoise. At the end of the episode, we are 'spoonfed' the message that "You don't have to win by being the fastest, you can just be 'clever'." Is this really the type of message we want to send to our kids- that cheating is okay and that if we're the underdog, we can hurt others and cut corners to win? We have watched about half a dozen episodes and I have mixed feelings after each one. To be on the safe side, we won't be watching the show again.
Kid, 9 years old February 25, 2011
age 5+

The worst show that I ever seen!

Duh.............as boring as american idol!
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