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Pinky Dinky Doo: Pinky Dinky Rex

April 23, 2010

Summary: Tyler is going to Lulu’s house.  He’s nervous because Lulu’s family are all vegetarians.  Tyler says he doesn’t like bean curd even though he has never tried it.  Pinky makes up a story to illustrate a lesson.  60 million years ago there lived a dinosaur family named the Dinky Rexes.  A family of Apatosauruses move in next door.  The new family invites the Dinky Rexes over for dinner and serve them a vegetarian meal.  Mr. Rex asks for some meat, so Mrs. A brings out some BBQ ribs, but they are veggie ribs.  Mr. Rex is so hungry he beings to cry.  He does not want to try any of the vegetarian food.  Pinky has a big idea.  Mr. Rex can try a bite and say “no thank you” if he doesn’t like it.  Mr. Rex tries a bite, and he loves the ribs.

Theme: Try something before concluding you don’t like it.

Bad/Hurtful language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: none

Sexuality: none

Educational value: The vocabulary word of the episode is vegetarian.

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Pinky Dinky Doo


Max & Ruby: Ruby’s Tea Party

April 16, 2010

Summary: Ruby is putting on a dolly tea party in her backyard.  She wants Max to help, but he wants to play pirates.  First he uses Ruby’s tablecloth as a sail for his pirate ship.  Next he uses the napkins as pirate boats.  Then he makes Ruby’s dolls walk the plank.  Lastly he takes Ruby’s jewelry box and buries it.  Ruby gives in and plays pirates with Max by searching for the buried treasure.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Max does not do most of the things Ruby asks of him.  Max steals Ruby’s jewelry box.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: none

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Max & Ruby


Martha Speaks: There Goes the Neighborhood

April 15, 2010

Summary: Alice is temporarily taking care of a cat while the cat waits to be adopted.  Martha is prejudiced against cats.  The cat likes Martha even though Martha isn’t nice to him.  Over time Martha becomes friends with the cat, but tries to hide the friendship from the other dogs.  Martha eventually confesses her friendship and encourages the other dogs to not be prejudiced.

Theme: Don’t let prejudice prevent a friendship.

Bad/Hurtful Language: Martha calls the cat gross.

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Martha is mean to the cat.  Martha lies about being friends with the cat.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: Vocabulary words:  discriminate, prejudiced, territory, tolerate, and socialized.

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Martha Speaks


Little Einsteins: Jump for Joey

April 12, 2010

Summary: The Little Einsteins are on their way to the  Sydney Opera House in Australia for the animal talent show.  A baby kangaroo (they call him Joey because a baby kangaroo is called a joey) forgot about the show, so the Little Einsteins help him to get there on time.  Along the way, the Little Einsteins and Joey also tell a koala bear, two rainbow lorikeets,  and a snake about the show.  They all arrive at the show on time.  Joey performs in the show; he does his biggest jump ever.

Theme: none

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: The Little Einsteins are helpful to Joey, and Joey is helpful to the other animals.  Joey thanks the Little Einsteins for helping him get to the show on time.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: Art of the day is Aboriginal Paintings.  Music of the Day is Carmen Suite No. 1 The Toreadors March, by George Bizet.  The viewer is also taught that a baby kangaroo is called a joey, and that the biggest rock in the world is Uluru (although I read that Uluru is actually the second biggest, Mt Augustus is first).

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Little Einsteins


Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Mr. Shivers

April 9, 2010

Summary: Maggie has a snow globe.  When she shakes it, it snows for real in her world (Nowhere Land).  Beast shakes it and it snows several inches.  Maggie, Beast, and Hamilton build a snowman.  The snowman comes to life.  His name is Mr. Shivers and he looks just like the snowman in the snow globe.  Since the cold spell is only temporary, they take Mr. Shivers to Highest Mountain so he won’t melt.  They give the snow globe to Mr. Shivers so he can visit anytime he wants.

Theme: none

Bad/Hurtful Language: Beast tells Mr. Shivers that he talks funny.  Beast apologizes.

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Maggie, Beast, and Hamilton save Mr. Shivers by taking him to a cold environment.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: none

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Maggie and the Ferocious Beast


Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends: A Time Telling Tale

April 6, 2010

Summary: Squirt is playing with Eddie and is late for dinner because he lost track of time.  Later that night Squirt is late for bed time because he was playing and lost track of time.  The next morning Squirt is late for school because he was web surfing and lost track of time.  Squirt’s parents build a sundial so everyone would know the time.  The sundial helps Squirt, but the day of Eddie’s hatch-day party is cloudy.  Squirt looks at the sundial but it doesn’t tell him the time.  Squirt is late for Eddie’s party.  Eddie forgives him, but Squirt is sad that he missed all the fun.

Theme: It is important to be on time.

Bad/Hurtful Language: none

Violence: none

Spirituality/Religion: none

Morality/Ethics: Squirt is apologetic for his chronic lateness.  Everyone forgives him but does encourage him to be on time for things.

Sexuality: none

Educational Value: none

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Miss Spider


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