A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show raises issues that affect the environment in creative and kid-friendly ways. While no solutions are posited, the characters' experiences can inspire kids to think about how their own actions could help or hurt as well.
The series introduces viewers to matters of ecological concern, including air pollution, whale hunting, and industrial waste. In each case the characters experience the negative effects of these practices and find a creative way to expose how they harm the environment.
Positive Role Models
Walter is a doer, an inventor whose mind is always working to identify things that need improving. Even when he can't change the behavior or fix the problem, he goes out of his way to shed light on why it should be done. On the other hand, those who are responsible for the environmental infractions are designed to appear greedy and selfish.
Violence & Scariness
Some crashes and bumps, but no lasting injuries.
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Rarely name-calling like "losers."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walter & Tandoori is a Canadian animated series whose characters -- a man and his chicken friend -- discover the effects of various environmental troubles on a daily basis. From small matters like littering and untended pet waste to larger concerns like oil slicks and space debris, kids see how regular people, wildlife, and sensitive ecosystems suffer the hazards of careless actions. While many stories highlight bad behavior and effects, others focus on positive ecological practices like composting and recycling. Kids see that even small changes can have an impact on combating environmental pollution and other concerns (a good thing!), but the show rarely presents other sides to the stories. As such, parents should point out the reality of how and why these environmental concerns exist and what steps are being taken to improve them.
Is It Any Good?
Using hyperbole and humor, this series introduces kids to environmental issues in simple ways that resonate with their understanding of the world. The stories don't overcomplicate topics like global warming and noxious carbon dioxide; rather they present them in context that's easily understood even by young kids. Even with Walter not speaking a discernable language (he uses series of noises but few recognizable words), viewers have an easy time identifying the problem, realizing its negative effects on people and the planet, and appreciating that Walter always does everything in his power to make a positive impact on the situation.
But there's another side to Walter & Tandoori's simplistic stance on what often are multi-faceted, real-world issues, and that could leave kids with the false impression that every one of these concepts is one-sided. When Walter gets irate at a neighbor who's using noisy machinery to do yardwork, it's implied that Walter's right to silence supersedes his neighbor's right to tend to his personal property. Commercial fishing practices take on new emotion when Walter befriends the fish caught in a net and harasses the fisherman to release them without care that he's depriving him of his livelihood. The bottom line? This animated series raises some important issues for today's eco-aware kids, but it needs a reality check to tell the whole story.
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