With soulless merchandise-driven crap like Mighty Express and Rainbow Rangers being mass-marketed to kids, this show, which is instead based on a book from 1961, was a pleasant surprise. Going into "Go Dog Go!" I didn't know what to expect, and I thought it looked rather lame at first. I was cautious because of Wildbrain's involvement because I don't particularly like them, but this show was of surprising quality.
The animation is bright and colorful, but not eye-bleeding neon. Plus, the fur on the dogs is very detailed. The characters look happy, expressive, and cuddly. The show has a 50s-60s aesthetic, which makes sense because as I said, the book was made in 1961.
Adam Peltzman helms the show, and he has a great track record of working on preschool shows with clever writing and strong characters like Wallykazam and Odd Squad. The show is fine but not my favorite and I wouldn't watch it everyday because the characters don't seem to written strongly enough, they're all just nice and excitable, which is a huge problem with modern preschool shows. Being nice isn't the only personality trait. You need your characters to have flaws that kids to relate to, because no one's perfect. Shows like Xavier Riddle and Ready Jet Go do a great job of making flawed yet likable characters.
Admittedly, the writing here isn't as strong as those shows, and so there's not much benefit for parents, but the best thing about the show that parents need to know is that it's not annoying at all. Kids will love it, I'm sure.
But I'd rather watch Wallykazam.
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