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Go Diego Go

Go Diego Go

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

A 2005 spin-off of the hugely popular Nickelodeon series Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go! is a half-hour animated program for kids ages 2 to 5. It borrows many of the same devices made famous by Dora - talking directly to viewers, investing inanimate objects with human qualities, presenting simple problems and enlisting viewers' help to solve them. While Dora's a world-traveler, Diego is an adventurer who loves animals. He has a knack for happening upon ones in need of help.

Although Diego rescues animals from tough situations, there's no true peril that would upset preschool viewers. During an Australian adventure, Diego rescues a baby koala and helps him find his way home in time for a birthday hug from his mom. In another episode, Diego rescues a pampas cat only to find out her kittens are lost, too. He helps her search the forest until they're safely returned. And in "Fiercest Animals," Diego talks about his experiences with animals who turn out to be more fascinating than fierce once you understand their behaviors.

There's a high degree of whimsy in Go Diego Go!, with talking animals and even a talking camera named Click, and it all plays out at a leisurely pace. Diego frequently addresses the viewers and pauses so they can think about their answers. Storylines bake in age-appropriate animal facts, habitat details, and introductions to geography skills, and like Dora the Explorer, the program includes a Spanish-language component. It also offers basic problem-solving skills, along with color and shape recognition and practice with counting skills.

Go Diego Go! has a lot to offer little animal lovers: Darling animated critters, a rough and tumble hero, feel-good songs about protecting the planet and its inhabitants, and an introduction to basic preschool skills. If you limit your child's TV viewing time, you can feel good about making a date with Diego.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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