A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Social-emotional lessons about listening, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Communication, empathy, and teamwork are often themes. Wissper teaches animals how to be more confident and like themselves more.
Positive Role Models
Wissper is kind and always listens to her animal friends, often going out of her way to help them.
Although animal characters come from all over the world, voice actors are mostly White. All the human characters are given similar treatment in their looks (light-skinned with blue and/or green eyes; hair colors include blue or red). No explicit (or suggested) LGBTQ+ or disabled characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Surreal cartoon problems like a tiger's teeth turning purple or a penguin looking for her lost baby. Everything is solved by the end of the episode.
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Some potty humor about an animal "weeing" on a tree to ward off bugs.
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Products & Purchases
No product placement within the show, but toys and merchandise based on the characters are available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wissper is an animated series about a little girl who can understand and talk to animals by using the magical word "shhh!" Wissper (voiced by Manou Jue Cardoso) provides kids with valuable lessons on problem-solving, communication, and the importance of listening to others. She often goes out of her way to help her animal friends in need. The series features surreal problems that might be scary for some kids, like a tiger's teeth turning purple, or a worried mother penguin looking for her lost baby, but everything is solved at the end of each episode. Although animal characters come from all over the world, all the humans are light-skinned, voiced by White actors.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet, mellow series gently teaches social-emotional lessons to preschoolers and may especially appeal to kids who love animals. Wissper's Doctor Dolittle-esque vibe is wish fulfillment for those who've always dreamed of communicating with their favorite critters, but there are a few questionable moments, like when panda bear Dan (Simon Zwiers) advises Gertie (Cystine Carreon) the giraffe to follow his lead and "wee on a tree" to keep bugs and other creatures away. Overall, though, it's a pleasant watch, and preschoolers may get some imaginative ideas for their own play here.
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