PJ Masks ‪睡衣小英雄

Blame it on the Train, Owlette - 那都是猫头鹰女的错

PJ Masks is a superhero team of 3 kids that fights crime at night to keep it from ruining people's days. During the day, Amaya, Connor and Greg lead totally normal lives, but they transform into superheroes during the night and use their powers to fight villains and solve mysteries. Amaya becomes Owlette (猫头鹰女), Greg becomes Gekko (飞壁侠), and Connor becomes Catboy (猫小子). Each episode portrays meaningful lessons, such as team work, respect, patience, looking out for each other and most importantly forgiveness. The episodes are wonderfully scripted and well written. 

Here a link of the episode in English.

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Octonauts 海底小纵队

The Octonauts and the Long Armed Squid

Octonauts, to your stations! 海底小纵队, 各就各位! The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. Their mission: Explore! (探险), Rescue!(拯救) and Protect! (保护). Each episode is approximately 11 minute long with them encountering an unusual but real sea creature as they explore strange underwater worlds. They usually discover a vital biological or behavioural fact about that creature and rescue it or themselves from danger.

 

My children have not only learnt so much about exotic sea creatures as the locations that the Octanauts encounter are based on real marine animals in their natural habitats, but also subliminally the names of the marine mandarin as well. The mandarin subtitles are well sized and clear which are very useful if you child is learning to recognise Chinese characters. One of my favourite cartoons for the kids to watch.

 

Click here for the English version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0_3WiYIJhQ

精灵高中 Monster High

The Hot Boy

精灵高中 (jīnglínggāozhōng) - Monster High series follows a group of teenage characters who are the children of famous monsters in media and film as they attend high school. Recommended for aged 9 and above.

 

In this episode, Draculaura is crushing on the hottest guy in school — literally! Cleo gives her a scary makeover. Will it kill her pal's chances or totally backfire?

 

Watch the equivalent episode in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3RGarihjDA

宝宝巴士 BabyBus - Baby Panda's Magic Tie

Baby Panda's Magic Tie

BabyBus provides early childhood educational content for children up to 6 years of age. Their cartoons focuses on language, health, science, society, and art, all based on Montessori education theory. Recommended for aged 3 and above.

喜羊羊与灰太狼之虎虎生威 “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf”

喜羊羊与灰太狼之虎虎生威 “Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf” (I would have personally translated it as “The Happy Goat and the Formidable Big Bad Wolf”) is a very well popular and well-loved Chinese animated cartoon about a group of goats living on peaceful green pastures.

 

The story revolves around a clumsy wolf who wants to hunt and eat them, rather like the love hate relationship between Tom and Jerry. You will have episodes of the Wolf’s numerous attempts to capture the lambs and the mayhem and destruction that follows. The Wolf rarely succeeds in catching the lambs, mainly because of their cleverness, cunning abilities, and luck.

 

Since its debut in June 2005, has become the most successful domestic cartoon series in recent years. Recommended for aged 5 and above.

小丸子 Chibi Maruko-chan

小丸子生病了 - Maruko is ill

Chibi Maruko-chan 小丸子 is a heart-warming manga anime series which depicts the simple, everyday life of a young girl everyone calls Maruko, and her family in suburban Japan in the year 1974. 

Many of the stories are inspired by incidents from the author’s own life, and some of the characters are based on her family and friends. As such one can sense the nostalgic, honest and thoughtful tone of the cartoon which led to it becoming an enduring favourite children TV cartoon series among a wider audience.

Recommended for aged 5 and above.

棉花糖和云朵妈妈 – Cotton Candy and Cloud Mummy

Cotton Candy (棉花糖)has a timid personality. In order to become more courageous, Cotton Candy along with her good friends devised “a plan” to bolster her confidence.

 

Follow Cotton Candy, her loyal friends Big Head Kid (大头儿子) and Melon (地瓜) as well as her loving parents, Blue Sky Daddy (蓝天爸爸) and Cloud Mummy (云朵妈妈) as she realises her dream. Rather peculiar names but trust me they sound much more endearing when said in Mandarin.

 

Each episode is 13 minutes long. Recommended for aged 5 and above.

托宝兄弟 Tobots

South Korean cartoon series about transforming cars

Tobot is a South Korean animated cartoon series about cars that transform into robots with a special key called a "Tokey". Dr Franklin Char's first two Tobots, Tobot X and Tobot Y, are entrusted to his twin sons Ryan and Kory, respectively, to fight crime and protect their neighbourhood. Some of the cars featured in the series are designed after Kia Motors vehicles.

 

In this first episode, scientist Dr Char is kidnapped and his sons Ryan and Kory discover their father’s invention, Tobots, cars that can transform into robots. Recommended for aged 7 and above.

 

Super Wings 超级飞侠

一起放风筝 The Right Kite

Super Wings 超级飞侠 (chāo ​jí​ fēi​ xiá)​ is a delightful cartoon series that introduces concepts of diversity and world customs. It is one of my favourite cartoons for my child to watch as he learns about how people in different parts of the world live, dress, eat, and play, while learning mandarin at the same time. It not only exposes him to well-known geographical sites but also introduces cultural diversity through the adventures of 乐迪 (Jett), a friendly and helpful airplane. It also encourages teamwork as we follow the characters coming together to solve problems.

 

In this episode 一起放风筝 (yī​ qǐ​ fàng​ fēng​ zhēng​) or known as The Right Kite in the English episode of Super Wings takes you to the Himalayas introducing the word Namaste (Hello). 阿佳斯 (Akash) wants to participate in a kite-flying festival. He has a kite, but his younger brother, Rami, wants to play with it, too. Unfortunately, two red pandas took the kite and flew into the air with it.

Alternatively, click below to buy the boxset or here for the story book.

帮帮龙出动 Gogo Dino Cartoon

Dino Bots to the Rescue

Gogo Dino is a Korean cartoon teaching kids important daily life lessons. The cartoon is set in a small town of adorable furry creatures with a capable Dino Bots rescue team, who always saves the day. Recommended for aged 3 and above.

 

宝宝巴士 BabyBus Cartoon

The Magical Vending Machine

QiQi accidentally broke the vending machine and was afraid of being found out. He hid behind the machine and used the power of character to help customers. He finally realises that the vending machine was not broken. He just needed to re-plug the power cord.

 

BabyBus provides early childhood educational content for children up to 6 years of age. Their cartoons focuses on language, health, science, society, and art, all based on Montessori education theory.

小公交车太友 Tayo the Little Bus

好帅啊!法兰克,爱丽丝 (Frank and Alice Are Awesome!)

Tayo the Little Bus (小公交车太友) is a South Korean television series about public transport team in a big cosmopolitan city where various vehicles live and work together. This series revolves around Tayo, a rookie public bus whom has just started learning his route in the city. There is lots to learn for young Tayo. Tayo and his friends Rogi, Lani and Gani are helping each other out to become great mature buses.

In this episode, "Frank and Alice Are Awesome!", Tayo (太友) and Rogi (罗杰) invite Frank and Alice to the garage after being awed by seeing them in action during a fire. The young buses expect to have a fun time with Frank and Alice, whom they look up to. However, the buses are disappointed when the two just nag them, stopping them from acting as the buses like. All of a sudden, a fire breaks out in the repair shop. Frank and Alice immediately put out the fire and rescue Hana, which makes the young buses look up to them once more.

Recommended for aged 5 and above.

PocoYo 小P优优

该睡觉啦 Bedtime

I love Pocoyo, probably more than my children. Pocoyo's name is actually Spanish which translates to Little (Poco) Me (yo).

 

Pocoyo is an adorable innocent 4-year-old boy who has friends Pato (a duck), Elly (an elephant) and Loula (a dog). Being a 4 year old, he is at the age where he is beginning to learn about his emotions, the world and the people around him. Like any other toddler he exhibits extreme behaviour from very independent to dependent or from very helpful to being very stubborn. When he is unhappy or angry, he may throw tantrums or storm off in a huff. He can be irrational at times and takes his anger out on his friends. But he learns something new in each episode to help him understand himself better and be learn to control his feelings.

 

Each episode is 7 minutes long and has subtitles in simplified Chinese. Recommended for aged 3 and above.

In this episode, Pato is trying to sleep but Pocoyo is still very awake. He starts to by pretending to be an airplane, and then continues to play with blocks, and finally moves on to a train set before he falls asleep. However, after all the noise, Pato is wide awake and cannot sleep!

The English series are beautiful narrated by Stephen Fry. Click here to watch it. The Spanish series are also worth watching if you are learning the language as well.

Masha and the Bear 玛莎与熊

用餐愉快 - Bon Appétit

Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated television series loosely based on the oral children's folk story of the same name. She is a lovable little girl who is inquisitive and very restless. She is a friendly and extremely innocent, but is very mischievous. The series focuses on her adventures and a fatherly bear that always keeps her from disasters. Very endearing series on father daughter relationship.

 

Recommended for aged 3 and above.

Bob the Builder 巴布工程师

Follow Bob the Builder along with his friends to learn the importance of teamwork and a can do attitude

In each episode, Bob and his friends will help with renovations, constructions and repairs where needed. The show emphasizes on resolving conflicts, teamwork and various important social skills. Watch in Mandarin Chinese Bob's famous catchphrase "Can we fix it?" to which his friends will respond with "Yes we can!"

For more videos, you can search using the chinese characters here or simply search "Bob the Builder Mandarin" or  cut and paste this "巴布工程师" on youtube.

Robocar Poli 变形警车珀利

How to cross the street safely 如何安全过马路

Robocar Poli is a great cartoon teaching kids important daily life lessons such as how to cross the road safely or how dangerous it is to play football on the sidewalk next to a busy main road.

The cartoon is set in a small town called Brooms Town, where a capable robot rescue team, always saves the day. Each episode always ends with the rescue team giving the characters a lesson in road safety.

Peppa Pig 珮珮猪

芭蕾舞 Ballet Lesson

This is an animated series about an energetic pig called Peppa who lives with Mummy, Daddy, and little brother George. 

 

In the episode, Peppa is excited about her very first ballet lesson with all her friends. The first video is in mandarin follow by the English version. Whilst the subtitles refers to Peppa Pig as 珮珮猪, the official translation used in books etc is 小猪佩奇 (xiǎo zhū pèi qí). For more videos, you can search using the Chinese characters here or simply type "Peppa Pig Mandarin" on YouTube.

Alternatively, click here to buy the boxset.

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