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Where's Waldo? (2019)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reboot of iconic puzzler teaches culture, problem solving.

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Educational Value

The series offers some details about different countries, states, cultures, and communities. It also shows characters using critical thinking skills as they pertain to problem solving. 

Positive Messages

Contains lots of positive messages about different people and places from all over the world. The value of travel, teamwork, friendship, and problem solving are also key themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Waldo and Wenda are smart, open-minded critical thinkers who respect everyone they come across. Wizard Whitebeard is a little unfocused at times, but is a good mentor. Odlulu doesn’t do nice things, but she’s more selfish and insecure than evil. 

Violence & Scariness

Occasional fantasy falls, spills, or potential dangers, but nothing violent. 

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Consumerism

The series is part of the popular Where’s Waldo? franchise, which features lots of books, games, apps, etc. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 2019 animated reboot of Where’s Waldo? is an animated series based on the popular Where’s Wally? books (known as Where’s Waldo? in the U.S.) by Martin Handford. It combines lots of info about different countries and cultures with lessons about problem solving and teamwork, all of which are geared towards kid viewers. It also features moments where viewers can search for the iconic stripe-clad character, making it fun for viewers of all ages. The series is part of a larger Where's Waldo? franchise

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What's the story?

WHERE’S WALDO? is an animated series based on the popular Where’s Wally? books (known as Where’s Waldo? in the U.S.) by Martin Handford. Waldo (Joshua Rush) and Wenda (Haley Tju) are junior members of an international wizard organization called the Worldwide Wanderer Society. As wanderers-in-training, they must earn their promotion to wizard-level by traveling to places like Beijing, China, New Mexico, U.S.A., and Istanbul, Turkey to complete missions assigned to them by their mentor, Wizard Whitebeard (Thomas Lennon). But their rival, an anti-wanderer named Odlulu (Eva Carlton), along with her ferret Arfolomew (Piotr Michael), is determined to use her magic to cause trouble wherever they go. Waldo and Wenda’s international adventures get a little complicated as as result, but they work together to face each challenge as it comes. 

Is it any good?

This addition to the Where’s Waldo? franchise is an entertaining and colorful reboot of the 1991 series of the same name. It shares lots of details about a range of countries and cultures that children can easily understand. Meanwhile, as Waldo and his friends travel around the world, they also demonstrate the importance of finding ways to problem solve, the value of teamwork, and the beauty of making new friends around the world. True to form, each episode also features a few "where’s Waldo?" moments, during which time viewers can actively search for the junior wanderer in a scene full of iconic red and white stripes. This combination of learning and fun is appealing to kids, but chances are that it will attract Waldo fans of any age. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the places Waldo and his friends visit. What makes them special or unique? If you could choose a place for Waldo to go, where would it be?

  • Do you like to do puzzles? What kinds are your favorites? What kind of skills does a person use when they try to find Waldo?

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