Move over, 'Teletubbies'! It's 'Wonder Pets!'

15256__wpets_lPerhaps nothing will ever replace the trippy-creepy "charms" of Teletubbies. But for my precious wasted-time, I prefer zoobing out to Linny, Ming-Ming and Tuck, the opera-singing troika of Wonder Pets! This, friends, is a thinking slacker’s kids show. Or, more to the point, it’s a show that’s less likely to turn your kids into future slackers.

Wonder Pets! was brought to my attention by a friend who loves opera and guinea pigs. Wonder Pets!, you see, has both. Yes, it’s opera. Well, operetta. For full-blown opera, you’d probably need larger animals. But they are wee wonders, these: There’s Linny, a guinea pig with leadership instincts; Ming-Ming, a duckling with good intentions; and Tuck, a steadfast turtle. They fly around the world in a Frisbee, saving animals in jeopardy; then they celebrate with song and celery. Actually, "song" doesn’t do the Wonder Pets justice: These cutout-animated fuzzies have friggin’ leitmotifs. The music supervisor is a Grammy-nominated producer (Jeffrey Lesser), and the composer, Larry Hochman, just won a Tony for orchestrating Spamalot. Guest composer orchestrators include young Turk music theater savants like  Jason Robert Brown (Parade) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q). The results fall somewhere between elementary Mozart and elementary Gilbert and Sullivan. And the lyrics are really quite cunning — the meter’s actually rather complex, this being recitatif and all. And the trio’s globe-trotting, Thunderbird-ish adventures are quite compelling.

"Good day to you, Emu/We want to help this kangaroo!"

What can I say? It makes me unaccountably happy.

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  • Jake

    Why did I just read that entire thing in a british accent?

  • Happy K

    Thanks for giving a pop watch spot to a kids show!!! I have loved Linny since he was just a wee three or so minute spot on Nick Jr. He looks so cute in his space suit. Oh, and my four year old digs them too!

  • GoddessLu

    OK, my daughter was home sick and watching this on TV in my bedroom, where I was working from home on my computer. When the “WonderPets” get their assignment, they start singing their little “operetta” and the duck (Ming-Ming?) ALWAYS sings “This is SEWIOUS” in every one. After about 6 episodes and 12 “This is SEWIOUS” I was ready to vomit but it was stuck in my head. AAAAARRRGGGGH.

  • Karen

    My 2 year old loves the Wonder Pets. We make sure we watch the show every day before lunch. It’s a pretty cool show and because the “episodes” are only 10 minutes long, it totally works for my 2 year olds very short attention span!

  • Larry Urzua

    My 2 year old granddaughter and I (grandpa) happened to stumble on Wonder Pets, while suffer channels looking for a good childrens show, and we found it! It’s the best show on T V for kids. Every time the phone rings my granddaughter says “animal in trouble”. Very cute and well done.
    How can I get Wonder Pets items her birthday is coming up.

  • Shannon

    My two year old daughter LOVES the show!! Since she started watching it she wants to help me with everything, because she is learning all about teamwork. It’s very cute watching her sing the song too! Two thumbs up!!

  • Starla

    My three year old daughter loves the Wonder Pets. She drives us crazy because she is always looking through the channels for it or asking me to find it on the computer.Wish there were more episodes. Great show!!!

  • Scott Soenksen

    Hey,
    I’m kinda embarrassed to say, but I love Wonderpets!
    It is the cutest show! I love the duck.
    Scott (31)

  • Matti(21)

    It’d be good to say I had a younger sibling or so who likes it. But I am crazy about it. Anyone know where to find the themesong? Mail me.

  • Grandma Vicki

    I babysit my 2 and 4 year old Grandchildren, so we were so anticipating the Wonder Pets. We just LOVE THEM! Even my 9 year old knows the song. My 2 year old knows all the words and yells out “this is SEWIOUS”
    The show is great, we just need more of them. This teamwork thing is really working in my home!
    Thanks,

  • Donna B.

    My niece Livvy ADORES the Wonder Pets! OK, I confess, I love watching them, too! What a refreshing show where the focus is on helping others with teamwork! How “wefweshing” as Ming-Ming would pwobably say! Kudos to the producers and to Nick, Jr. for a “sewiously” AWESOME program that uses real music, fun animation, and an altruistic approach for a show that appeals to adults and children! GO WONDER PETS! YAAAAY!!!

  • Holly B.

    I love this show! My 3 year old loves it too! He loves the music and the singing. He was in the car the other day singing abuot the “Baby unicorn. . .with it’s little horn. . stuck in a tree.” It was adorable. When will they come out with Birthday items? My son’s birthday is in August and wants a Wonder Pets Party!!

  • Nick

    I am 3 and I love Wonder Pets. It is now my favorite program and my favoirte Wonder Pet is Tuck. I pretend I am him all the time.

  • Hilda Nichols

    mu two grandsons age 2 and 1 stsrted watching wonder pets about two months ago at 11:30 on channel 16. Then two weeks ago we hurried in to see this show and there was something else on that I would not let them watch. What has happened to wonder pet? I want I back and so so my grandsons. I have looked for a video but I can not find one. Please let me know how to get a video and please get it back on tv. We miss them!!!!!

  • NEWCOMbS.

    SO WHAT IF WERE FORTY? WE LOVE THE WONDER PETS! MY FAVORITE EPISODE IS THE PUPPY THAT HAS TO GO PEE. REMEMBER-NOTHING LIKE A CELERY AFTER A GOOOOOD PEE! HAHA. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. WE LOVE JOSH AND JENNIFER (THE CREATORS)

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