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Willa's Wild Life

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Life's a zoo for young girl and her critter pals.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show isn't based on a particular curriculum, but kids will learn about things like teamwork, curiosity, and problem solving.

Positive messages

Episodes promote positive issues like self-acceptance and taking responsibility for your actions.

Positive role models

Willa herself is resourceful and spunky, and her animal friends are always dependable. Willa's father is involved with his daughter, but in many of the
stories, she has to turn to her animal pals for help and guidance because
her dad is busy working.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated series from the creator of Oswald is perfectly age appropriate for young kids. The simple stories are easy for kids to grasp, and they'll likely relate to some of the issues Willa faces (like wanting a certain hair accessory because it's "cool"). They're also sure to get a kick out of the wacky situations Willa and her friends find themselves in. If a fault can be found, it's in Willa's tendency to rely more on her animal buddies than on her dad for help in a jam, but at least the critters' advice is always sound.

What's the story?

WILLA'S WILD LIFE follows the unpredictable adventures of a young girl named Willa (voiced by Jordan Todosey) and the menagerie of adopted animal friends who live in her home. There's just no way life could be mundane when your roommates include a walrus, a seal, a giraffe, and an alligator, and 6-year-old Willa is always full of big ideas for each new day. With guidance from her talking animal friends -- and lots of patience from her understanding dad (Peter Keleghan) -- Willa somehow manages to find solutions to the wacky situations she unwittingly gets herself into.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Based on the book An Octopus Followed Me Home by Oswald creator Dan Yaccarino, this pleasant series will surely appeal to kids' sense of fantasy and adventure. Willa's house is the stuff kids' dreams are made of; hardly a cupboard, bathtub, or even toilet exists that's not home to a critter of some sort -- and, what's more, all of them talk! This lucky 6-year-old is set with friends of all shapes and sizes ready to help her navigate whatever the day has in store.

The show infuses kid-friendly stories with humor that young viewers will appreciate and positive lessons that they'll easily grasp. Willa may be a sucker for zany predicaments, but she's also good at asking for help when she needs it and listening to her friends and her father when they give her advice -- which sets a good example for her preschool viewers. Each episode also includes positive messages about values like responsibility and self-acceptance, reminding kids that learning opportunities that exist in everyday situations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about taking care of animals. Which of Willa's animal friends would make good pets in real life? What would be involved in caring for them? What special care or living conditions would certain animals require?

  • How can people help care for animals that live in the wild?

  • What do you

  • think animals would say if they could talk to people? If you could talk

  • to any animal, which one would it be? What would you say?

TV details

Premiere date:November 1, 2008
Cast:Jordan Todosey, Katie Bergin, Peter Keleghan
Networks:ION, NBC, qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written bymoucon March 6, 2010

Something for all ages - Great.

Absolutely love it. Great inspirational messages for kids - I don't know if a 2 year old would get much more than "animals" and "colors" but there's nothing objectionable here for any kid IMO. Older kids will find great moral values (do the right thing.. don't over-commit.. be your best...etc). Adults will love the mid-century vibe , music, style and color scheme of the cartoon. It's an absolute winner all the way around
Adult Written byFoxybrown1g November 8, 2015

Great for kids and adults alike!

This cartoon is not only great for your little ones but you can enjoy it with them. One aspect I found delightful is the artistry they chose to use. For instance, the furniture has a decidedly '70's feel to it. Some of the humor is definitely directed to adults while not being offensive (of course). Some of the issues poor Willa has to deal with are wishing she was taller, wanting to be in the cool crowd, helping her friends with being afraid of the dark, and sleeping over night at a friends for the first time. I remember dealing with these exact same issues when I was a kid.
What other families should know
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Great role models
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2014

Willa's Wild Life is a decent modern TV show. '_'

Willa's Wild Life, based on An Octopus Followed Me Home, is a TV show about a young girl named Willa at the age of between six and seven who lives with many animals and that the episodes teach young children lessons about honesty and manners(etc.) She has a friend named Dooley and her enemies by the name of Sara, Kara, and Lara, who are totally spoiled brats, which help develop plots of the episodes they produced to make a true lesson. Therefore, Willa's Wild Life is a show for young children who like watching TV and need to learn how to be honest, have manners, etc.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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