Posted 2 months ago
By Millie Reeves
There's something every parent experiences but that we rarely discuss - and that is the pure witchcraft of a select few pieces of children's media.
You know the culprits - Frozen, Minions, Peppa Pig, Fortnight to name a few. And if you have a child under seven you know what other TV show I'm about to say.
Something about Paw Patrol can bring harmony to a room of squabbling toddlers and offer parents 11 minutes of peace to get a quick cuppa. Something we can all agree is a gift heaven sent.
But what is it in Paw Patrol exactly that sparks the imagination of our kids?
My theory, as a mum who has endured (sorry, I mean enjoyed) many hours of Ryder and his team of pups, is that it combines two things kids love at that age - vehicles and puppies.
There is also the fact that it's the kid and his young dogs saving the day while the adults just look on uselessly. After all, anyone with a tot knows they have strong main character energy and like to think it's their world and we're just living in it, tidying up their toys and giving them snacks.
The show also has that key ingredient that every successful kids show has - and that's repetition.
I can't tell you how many times I have unironically replied to a request (in the home and, shamefully, at work) with 'Chase is on the case'.
And it's not just the catchphrases, pick up any episode out of the nearly 200 there now is of Paw Patrol and you will find a kick-ass theme tune (shh! We've all sung it), followed by a comical scenario with one of the pups that's interrupted by a call to action, Ryder then describing the mission, pups being selected for a mission, and the action and resolution. I guess it gives a whole new meaning to Rocky's phrase "don't lose it, reuse it."
On a side note, it always amazes me that in a show where one dog works in the fire service, another is a pilot and another is a police dog, that the recycling truck dog gets the same amount of heroic action. Big up to Paw Patrol for giving other key workers representation even before the pandemic hit.
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Anyway, in my experience there isn't a child out there that hasn't gone through a Paw Patrol phase. It's like that phenomenon with early millennials just expecting everyone to know a Simpsons reference.
Go to any kids party and ask a random parent what their favourite Paw Patrol pup is and they will have an answer - I assure you. (The only correct answer is Marshall, by the way.)
And, of course, the kids have their favourites. If they're a boy it will be either Chase or Marshall. If they're a girl it's Skye - although thank goodness, from a mum of two girls, that they introduced a second girl dog in Everest otherwise there'd be huge fights in our house.
That said, if you're Team Rocky or Team Rubble, we can all agree that as parents Paw Patrol has saved us multiple times.
From getting us through a sick day to stopping the boredom settling in on a long drive, Ryder is right "no job is too big, no pup is too small."
Paw Patrol: The Movie is in cinemas from Monday, August 9