What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that preschoolers will be drawn to the cheerful characters, vibrant environment, and music-laden storylines of this high-energy puppet variety show. There's no shortage of fun to be had with the zany bunnies, but don't expect the show to teach your kids much more than some catchy tunes, since the series doesn't really focus on educational content.
What's the story?
Created by the award-winning team of David Rudman, Adam Rudman, and Todd Hannert -- the Jim Henson Company alums behind the hit series Jack's Big Music Show -- each episode of BUNNYTOWN, a madcap puppet variety show, features a series of silly short stories and high-energy song-and-dance numbers. The series is set in the zany bunny stars' vibrant hometown, where you can find them playing games, putting on concerts, or setting off on adventures that range from riding on a pirate ship to rocketing into outer space. And when they've exhausted their options in their own world, they can navigate underground tunnels and pop up in nearby Peopletown, where they peek in on what the humans are up to. These live-action segments feature oddball characters who are nearly as wacky as the bunnies themselves, including the pratfall-prone silent comedy team of Red (Ed Gaughan) and Fred (Andrew Buckley) and an outlandish sportscaster named Pinky Pinkerton (Polly Frame).
Is it any good?
Although it's fun-filled and bound to entertain, Bunnytown makes little effort to incorporate strong educational content or other lessons, and the variety-show format creates little continuity between segments and does nothing to expand youngsters' attention spans. In the end, it's mostly a vacation for preschoolers' brains, but at least it's likely to get them up and dancing.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the bunnies' adventures. Kids: Where did the bunnies go today? How did they prepare for their trip? What did they discover during their travels? What are some of your favorite places to go? What do you take along when you go? Also, what do you think of the people the bunnies see in Peopletown? How do their clothes and actions compare to those of real people? What do you think you would find if you spied on a group of real bunnies?