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TELEVISION & RADIO; TELEVISION REVIEW; `Wonder Pets!' to the rescue
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Childrens television; Television programs -- Wonder Pets!, The
Author: Lloyd, Robert
Date: Mar 3, 2006
Start Page: E.29
Section: Calendar; Part E; Calendar Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The three heroes are meant, according to the paper before me, to represent different stages of childhood development, with 5-year- old Linny the Guinea Pig the most advanced -- he knows things like "Chimps are like monkeys, but they're smarter" -- and Ming-Ming Duckling the youngest at 3, although I've never heard of a 3-year- old attempting a capsule-to-capsule rescue of a drifting space monkey, as she does in the group's second adventure. Ming Ming's extreme youth is demonstrated mainly by how she says "w" sounds for "r," as in "She's twapped." It's not just hella cute, as the kids say, it's hella-kitty cute.

In future episodes, the Wonder Pets will save a baby pigeon, a puppy, a kitten, a baby owl, a baby squirrel, a baby penguin and, ranging a little further afield, into the impossible -- or, I should say, into the even more impossible -- a baby unicorn, baby triceratops, one of Santa's reindeer and the Three Little Pigs. It's not so much about the plight of actual animals, then, as it is about saving helpless babies, whom the Wonder Pets will reunite with their families before returning to the schoolhouse, doffing their caps and capes, and settling down for a little celery.

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