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VeggieTales Presents: 3-2-1 Penguins!

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
VeggieTales Presents: 3-2-1 Penguins! TV Poster Image
Penguins deliver heavy morals in a light way.

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Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The cleverly delivered moral lessons are the point of this series.

Violence & Scariness

Mild adventure peril, but no one is hurt.

Sexy Stuff

VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series carries clear moral messages and comes from a Christian perspective (the main characters say their bedtime prayers at the end of each episode). The messages themselves -- such as the virtue of patience -- are hard to argue with no matter what your religious bent.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byBest4mykids April 9, 2008

High Quality Cartooning with High Quality Values

Nice to see a fun and adventurous programming that has learned to get a kids attention without laying on the violence. Far from boring yet has good messages th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad December 28, 2012

Moral-filled, but...

In one episode, everybody nearly burns to death (but it's referred to as "burning up" instead of "burning to death"), and it's imp... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2011

GREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WATCH IT

3-2-1 PENGUINS is great. It's not as kiddish as most shows on Qubo.If anyone FROM Qubo is reading please please please please please change the qubo schuld... Continue reading

What's the story?

In VEGGIETALES PRESENTS: 3-2-1 PENGUINS, twins Jason and Michelle discover a toy spaceship and a handful of penguin figurines that come to life and take them for a series of adventures -- always with a kid-appropriate, clearly delivered lesson at the end.

Is it any good?

The journeys -- led by penguins Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin -- are funny, and the episodes are unusually well done. The mandatory adult-appeal humor rarely sails over kids' heads, making this the rare show for very young viewers that can be enjoyed by parents and other grown-up caregivers as well.

That said, 3-2-1 Penguins is hardly subtle in the way it delivers a lesson at the end of each episode. And while the gentle humor of a planet full of vacuum cleaners or the bumbling penguins themselves will amuse a willing adult, it's not going to do much for kids over 6. Even sophisticated younger viewers may not stay interested while the main character delivers the applicable biblical verse, proverb, or old adage.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how fantasy and reality both come into play in this series. Was the main character daydreaming, or did everything really happen? Elements of daily life always filter into the fantasy segments, nicely blurring the line. Families can also discuss the message at the heart of each episode.

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