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"I have this little sister Lola, she is small and very funny..."

Charlie and Lola is a British animated children's television series based on the popular children's picture book series of the same name by Lauren Child. It aired from 2005 to 2008.

Plot

Charlie is always teaching his 4-year-old little sister, Lola, all sorts of things. Whether it's trying new foods, getting a haircut or losing a tooth, Charlie's been there and is happy to share his wisdom with little sis.

Why It Rocks

  1. Cute and creative intro.
  2. Charlie is a great narrator, as he speaks to the viewers on their level, willingly shares his wisdom and respects their intelligence.
  3. Perfect voice acting for the two main characters.
  4. Promotes imagination in very unique ways.
    1. Lola has an imaginary friend called Soren Lawrenson, who only talks when him and Lola are alone. Lola always talks to Soren Lawrenson about her problems.
    2. Lola created her own country called Lolaland, with unique and funny culture. For example, Lolaland's signature food is biscuits.
    3. Charlie watches a show called Pirate Squidbones, which sometimes inspires him to play pirates with his friends and family, such as when him and Lola are waiting at the dentist.
    4. When Lola wouldn't eat certain foods, Charlie turned the foods to unique and mystical foods from different areas. The peas turned into "green drops" from Greenland and the mashed potatoes turned into clouds from Mount Fuji.
  5. Likable characters, such as Charlie, Lola (most of the time), Marv, Lotta, and Soren Lorenson.
  6. Lola is adorable.
  7. Perfect soundtrack that fits the overall tone of the show.
  8. Some emotional episodes, such as "I Will Not Ever Never Forget You, Nibbles", where their pet mouse dies and they throw a tiny funeral for him.
  9. No adults are shown on screen, which adds a Peanuts feel to the show.
  10. Teaches the audience about history, the benefits of learning, the environment, family values and just issues that children go through everyday.
  11. Pays homage to pop culture. For example, Batcat, Lola's favorite program, is mostly based off of Batman and alley cats.
  12. The mix between a collage style of animation and real textures in the background respects its source material.
    1. In fact, the show is generally faithful to the original books.

Bad Qualities

  1. Lola (even for her age) can sometimes be bratty, annoying, unforgiving, mean-spirited, and dishonest, up to the point where she could be considered the antagonist of certain episodes, such as "I'm Extremely Absolutely Boiling".
  2. Some of the episode titles are unnecessarily long, such as "I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won!"
  3. The weird use of words like "completely" and "extremely" can get irritating quickly.
  4. Charlie seems too old to be a 7-year-old, and comes off looking and acting more like that of a preteen.
    1. However, this could be ideal for the show's specific audience, as many under 7s tend to see people of age 7+ as "giants".