Link: What’s Paw Patrol’s secret? How it captivated children and conquered the world

From Ian Brown of The Globe and Mail:

Link: What’s Paw Patrol’s secret? How it captivated children and conquered the world
Hanging around with Dashiell, recently 4, is like hanging around with a gravity-free volume of talking liquid mercury: he expands and contracts and stops and flows, conforming to the shape of whatever surface he finds himself on: rug, chair, corner, Mummy.

But talking to Dashiell while he watches Paw Patrol, the Canadian-made preschool animated TV show and toy phenomenon, is to converse with someone in a hypnotic trance. Continue reading.

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One thought on “Link: What’s Paw Patrol’s secret? How it captivated children and conquered the world”

  1. This was a really great piece on the development of the show, which is something we almost never get for Canadian animation.

    My only ask is that the author looked into the effects the show’s had on its domestic broadcasters. In Canada, Paw Patrol doesn’t air on a private cable channel like Treehouse or Family Jr., it airs on TVO, Knowledge and other educational, public stations. This is likely the most culturally relevant show they’ve hosted in decades. I’d love to know how it’s influenced their day-to-day.

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