Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2010 Television
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Producer: Chorion
Network: Nick Jr.
Based on the books by Ian Falconer, this half-hour TV series stars a charismatic pig with a talent for turning run of the mill events into over the top adventures. The TV series has the same charming tone as the books but offers an updated computer-animated look that will appeal to kids ages 3 to 6.

Olivia has a big personality that is full of imagination, curiosity, and spontaneity. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she always manages to enlist friends in her escapades-- whether she's taking ballet lessons, organizing an ice-skating show, or videotaping a news report on a snowy day. But Olivia's not into hogging the spotlight (bad pun intended). Instead, she imparts a "more the merrier" message that will help young viewers understand positive social dynamics. Storylines also offer themes about being helpful, building confidence, accepting responsibility, and learning patience.

Olivia is all about diving into life and creating those joyous moments of discovery and pure fun that are the stuff of a happy childhood. For parents who limit their kids' television viewing, this half hour is a worthwhile investment.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2010 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.

Look for this product at:

Share This