To portray Paw Patrol as violent, authoritarian Trumpster propaganda verges on leftist self-satire. Reality check: The show is Canadian, and features virtually no violence. Like most kid shows, Paw Patrol primarily promotes toy sales; that the target market is boys explains but does not excuse the creators’ decision to make most characters male. The stories themselves are devoid of even implicit right-wing indoctrination; many episodes preach soft environmentalism and prosocial values.

It’s a stretch to suggest that the makers of Paw Patrol intend to dupe us into privatizing public services. It is more plausible to suppose that the depicted inefficacy of public services is a plot device to create the need for a boy and his talking dogs to save the day. (For similar reasons, the old Batman series depicted Commissioner Gordon & Chief O’Hara as complete incompetents, but the generation that grew up watching that series never proposed privatizing public safety or entrusting it to costumed vigilantes.)

We should steer kids away from Paw Patrol mostly on aesthetic grounds (bad concept, ugly animation, unimaginative writing). The best thing about Paw Patrol is that if your kids do discover and like it, they will outgrow it pretty fast.

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