It was nice to see another piece of Pete the Cat media. Though I am not sure why Amazon makes so many of these off season specials instead of actually greenlighting more seasons faster, it is still nice to get something new with these characters. I know I may just be repeating what I have said in all my previous reviews of Pete the Cat, but I still think the show does well with being charming, heartfelt, not talking down to kids, and showcasing good lessons for kids without being forced.
Much like what we got in the show's second season, it is nice how they established that Pete and his friends all had a good relationship with their teacher, and it was hard for them to say goodbye to her after moving up a grade in school. I know for many kids it can be a frightening experience if they've developed a good relationship with a teacher they had previously, and not knowing who will be their new teacher once they get back to school for a new school year, but it is good how the special showcases that it can still turn out great, and in some cases you may even get someone you are already familiar with and have a good relationship with. I also love how unlike so many other shows we don't have it where kids always have bad relationships with their teachers and the adults in their lives. It's refreshing to get a more positive take on this.
The musical sequences were all done well, and did a great job showcasing the character's imaginations. I love how they had all these fantasies since they are still children, and most kids often come up with various fantasies in their heads. I think this show really does capture the mindset and imagination of a child very well, and does it in a respectable way that doesn't talk down to kids. While the songs aren't the most memorable tunes I've heard in a cartoon they are still good for what they are, and help deliver the moral well. I also continue to give props to the show's creators to not stoop down to lowest common denominator writing because they think that's all kids will find amusing.
The characters are all still very likable, and as always, it's nice to see their interactions together. It was cool to see all of the parents of Pete's friends again, and it's great how no one in this show is annoying or unlikable in any way. Pete's optimism is always great, and I love how just like Phineas from Phineas and Ferb he is a great lead character who always does what he can to keep his friend's spirits up. Jeff "Swampy" Marsh has always known how to write likable characters, and he continues to do that very well with this show. I love how in this day of cynical, edgy content and having too many antiheroes and jerk protagonists, we can still get fun shows with main characters who are genuinely good people, and don't act like jerks and idiots that can really make the viewing experience unbearable.
Overall, it was great to spend time with these characters again, and I HOPE we get more. We needs more fun, upbeat cartoons like this right now, and I hope Amazon doesn't cancel it. The characters are all good and great at showcasing good morals without it being forced or preachy, the feel of the show is very upbeat, there is so much charm and heart that it's infectious, and the music is very nice to listen to. During these awful times we need more shows like this to give us some positivity in our lives. I hope we get more, and hopefully Pete the Cat can continue to provide Amazon with quality animated entertainment.