Parents need to know that Dibo the Gift Dragon has strong messages for preschoolers about kindness, friendship, and compassion. Each story starts with a character being granted a wish by the rotund Dibo, which then leads to some small strife, a lesson learned, and a teachable moment. Kids will love the quaint characters and the vibrant CGI animation; parents will love that the content is wholesome and affecting.
It’s hard to top the visual appeal of this darling series and its colorful cast of stuffies, but the stories’ messages about kindness, generosity, and friendship are even more likable. There’s a vibrancy to the show that emerges without affecting its unhurried pace and will keep kids engaged throughout, which means they’ll get the full benefit of the feel-good themes it has to offer.
The instant gratification of Dibo’s magical ability is an important talking point for parents and kids, though. There’s a lot of appeal to the idea of being handed an item the moment you wish for it, but that’s not a reality for most kids. This is a good opportunity to discuss the differences between TV fantasy and real life.