VeggieTales Presents: 3-2-1 Penguins!

Common Sense Media says

Penguins deliver heavy morals in a light way.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

TV details

Cast:Buddy Lewis, Ron Smith
Networks:NBC, qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byBest4mykids April 9, 2008
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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 throughout. Def a winner in our book (and The Book too :)
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2011
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7
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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 schulde and put shows like sitting ducks jacob two two and spliced on better times and bring back season 3 of 3 2 1 penguins.If you can't do that just please put jacob two two back on nbc and ion lineup thanks
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad December 28, 2012
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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 implied that everyone is about to die, but they survive due to a main character's display of patience, and it's all part of the episode's moral. Plus, one supporting character has a potentially scary name: "Barren Von Cavitus", and is potentially scary himself with a metallic voice, and angry eyes, and Sharp, toothpick-like teeth and is grey all over, but in every episode he's in, he's revealed to just be a cute little hamster in a costume.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence

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