Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (simplified Chinese: 你好, 凯兰; traditional Chinese: 你好，凱蘭; pinyin: Nǐ hǎo, Kǎi Lán!; Hello, Kai-Lan) is a Canadian/American animated children's television series which premiered on Nickelodeon on November 5, 2007, and on Noggin (now Nick Jr.) on December 15, 2008. It also premiered on the Canadian television channel Treehouse TV. Ni Hao, Kai-lan is based on the childhood memories of the show's creator Karen Chau growing up in a bicultural (Chinese-American) household. “Ni hao” means “Hello” in Mandarin, and Kai-Lan is the Chinese name Chau was given at birth, which was later anglicized to Karen. It was also based on the classic short series Downward Doghouse.
Why It Rocks
- Cute designs based on anime.
- Incredibly cute songs.
- It's supportive to the Chinese culture.
- Based on ether the childhood memories of the show's creator Karen Chau or Downward Doghouse.
- It gives us a glimpses into the lives of Chinese-American children and their cultural differences, as well as fostering a respect for those differences.
- It introduces Chinese to those who aren't familiar with the language.
- It has positive messages.
- Really cute voices.
- The first Nick Jr. show to be Asian-themed (and the second animated Viacom show after Avatar). This is because the show's creator is Asian.
- If you watch the Chinese dub, you will get a full Chinese experience.
- It got cancelled because of a lawsuit involving Caitlin Sanchez (the voice actor of Dora the Explorer). People wanted to bring this show back, but there is no need for it anymore after the lawsuit caused the show's cancellation.
- It didn't give too many Chinese lessons as it teaches little Chinese unfortunately but if this is revived it should have more Chinese lessons. This is due to the show introducing Chinese culture to anyone who hasn't heard about the culture.
- Much like Dora, Kai-Lan's constant fourth wall breaking can be considered annoying by some fans, older kids and adults, since she often stays silent for several seconds in order to leave time for the kid viewer to reply. However, it managed to make wall breaking very well and understandable.