A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids used to computer animation of Pixar and its ilk may find the claymation a bit low-tech. But these engaging, gentle stories of friendship are well worth sharing with your kids. The animation is actually quite wonderful. The figures of the animals are very expressive, and the narration perfectly suits the characters.
Is It Any Good?
There are stories you just watch and stories you get caught up in. These tales are most definitely in the latter category. There is a literary quality to the tales, based on the characters created by Kenneth Grahame, that makes them very engrossing -- you really have to pay attention to what's going on, and as you watch you learn more about the characters and their relationships. The irrepressible Toad is always amusing, but the more subdued humor of Rat, Mole and Badger emerges with attentive viewing. Even the wicked Weasels have a sort of nasty charm.
The extremely high quality of the stop-motion animation and the voices make all the difference, creating characters with real depth. This is an excellent offering, one that children and parents will find bears repeated viewing.
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