WellieWishers

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Five adventurous friends explore nature in sweet series.

Parents say

age 3+
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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show relates facts about nature in each episode: Elephants flap their ears to keep cool; male songbirds have more complex songs than females. Friends learn social-emotional lessons about cooperation.

Positive Messages

Characters are generally involved in gentle and kindhearted adventures: moving a playhouse so baby birds can safely hatch and so a baby tree gets enough sunlight. The show's characters, all girls, are also sometimes stereotypically "girlish": wearing puffy skirts, having tea parties, "ewww!"ing over a worm. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are generally kindly to each other; a couple are demanding or impetuous but receive gentle consequences for their actions and learn lessons about how to behave more thoughtfully. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

The mildest of rebukes: "How rude!" "C'mon, guys!" 

Consumerism

The connection between this show and its brand is made clear in the show's title card, which reads "from American Girl." A full line of WellieWishers dolls with accessories and clothes for girls is sold in stores and catalogs. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WellieWishers is an animated show featuring a group of five friends who have gentle adventures in gardens and backyards. The group of friends are typically involved in mild dilemmas and treat each other with kindness, though two characters are somewhat demanding and impetuous at times. Every girl is additionally clad in a big puffy party skirt, not the most sensible attire for outdoors play. It's a mild, mellow show that younger kids will enjoy, though some may be tempted to ask the matching American Girl dolls. 

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Parent Written bySMNetwork December 11, 2017

Awesome Show!

Common Sense, why did you give this the same rating as Sunny Day? This is WAY BETTER. I might be a little biased as I'm an American Girl collector, but thi... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In a pastel rainbow-colored garden, the WELLIEWISHERS, a group of five female friends who wear rubber boots to play outside, have nature-centered adventures. Perhaps a small tree is languishing under a bigger one because it needs more light or a storm ruins the girls' plans to build a snow fort. By working together, the WELLIEWISHERS always find a solution, learn a few things about animals and the outdoors, and end each episode with a song all the friends sing together. 

Is it any good?

Absolutely beautiful 2D animation is the high point in this outing: The show has real eye-appeal: pink trees, winsome pointed chins, giant flowers in Easter egg hues. The friends' adventures are fun to watch, too: What young girl (or boy, for that matter) doesn't want to hang out with a group of best friends, tromping around the woods looking for fairies and rescuing baby animals? It's pleasant and a mellow option compared with more frantic, fast-paced shows. 

The show can be a mixed bag; sometimes the girls act in stereotypical ways -- for example, when Willa (Lily Sanfelippo) picks up a worm to feed a bird, the girls fall about shrieking: "Double yuck!" "Bleah!" But they also appear to notice Willa's fearlessness, and the way they work together to gently solve problems is something young viewers can learn from.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. What do the five WellieWishers like about each other? How do they work through challenges while still staying friends? 

  • Families can also talk about nature. The girls spend a lot of time outside, exploring and having fun. How do you explore the world around you? 

TV details

For kids who love great girl role models

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