TV Review: 'Pocoyo'

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For curious and imaginative preschoolers! Credit: pocoyo.com

Rated ON for Ages 3 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series will appeal to preschoolers' curiosity and imagination, and its positive messages about interpersonal relationships won't be lost on its young audience. Pocoyo exhibits negative traits that are common for this age group, including selfishness and frustration over not being able to do something his friends can, but each story shows how he identifies the problem and works to fix it. The show's brief format also encourages TV time limits for this age group, allowing kids to watch the story unfold and conclude in fewer than 10 minutes.

The good stuff

  • Educational value: Some stories incorporate basic counting and other pre-reading skills, but it's not the main intent of the show. Positive messages about relating to others and solving problems abound, though.
  • Messages: The series celebrates kids' curiosity about the world and how things work. Each story has positive messages about friendship, problem-solving, and individuality. The narrator engages viewers by asking them questions about the decisions Pocoyo faces.
  • Role models: Pocoyo often acts selfishly, looking past his friends' feelings to favor his own, but he always recognizes his mistakes and makes amends for them.

What to watch out for

  • Violence and scariness: Not an issue.
  • Sexy stuff: Not an issue.
  • Language: Not an issue.
  • Consumerism: Not an issue.
  • Drinking, drugs, and smoking: Not an issue.
What's the Story?

"Pocoyo" is an animated series that centers on the mischievous adventures of a 4-year-old boy and his assortment of animal friends. Pocoyo (voiced by Alex Kearns) lets his insatiable curiosity guide his way, and it often takes him in unpredictable directions. Through his imaginative adventures, he discovers how the world around him works, and when his pals Pato, Loula, and Elly join him, their interactions also teach him how to be a thoughtful person and a good friend. The English version of this series was adapted from its original Spanish and is narrated by Stephen Fry.

Is It Any Good?

Pocoyo's simple, contrasting animation lends itself nicely to the show's style, which uses physical interplay and gestures rather than verbal exchanges between the characters to tell a story. The narrator speaks directly to Pocoyo, asking questions and offering encouragement, and he engages kids in the story by asking for their input as well.

Preschoolers will relate to Pocoyo's imaginative curiosity about the world, as well as his less admirable qualities like selfishness, jealousy, and frustration, which often cause problems between him and his friends. In each story, he's faced with a situation that causes him to address one of these traits, and he must figure out a way to overcome it and retain his relationship with his pals in the process. Need another reason to like it? Each segment is less than 10 minutes long, making it easy for parents to keep their preschoolers' TV time to a minimum. Check out the companion website for more Pocoyo fun.

This review of "Pocoyo" was written by Emily Ashby.

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