The Zula Patrol

Common Sense Media says

Engaging sci-fi cartoon for preschoolers.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The protagonists learn while protecting their galaxy. They fend off villians without violence and promote tolerance.

Violence & scariness

One of the show's main goals is to provide entertainment without violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this imaginative sci-fi animated series is an ideal pick for youngsters. Even though the show doesn't always distinguish scientific fact from fiction, it does a great job of passing on other concrete lessons -- particularly related to tolerance and non-violence.

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Kids say

What's the story?

THE ZULA PATROL chronicles the adventures of the citizens of planet Zula. Main characters Bula, Zeeter, Multo, Gorga, Wizzy, and Wigg travel the vast outreaches of outer space to learn about science while warding off galaxy-invading villains Dark Truder and Traxie. The series is partially built around a solid science curriculum: Kids will learn about the cosmos, asteroids, solar systems, and more. The characters also promote literacy, positive learning attitudes, tolerance, problem-solving skills, and finding solutions that don't involve violence.

Is it any good?

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For the most part, Zula explains itself clearly, meaning parents don't have to be on hand to talk young viewers through each episode. The only point that might need clarification amid all of the science facts is that Zula and its alien citizens are fictional.

Kids will like that Zula Patrol doesn't have a slow-talking narrator stating the obvious and treating viewers like babies. Plus, the show's educational aspects are subtly nestled in the broader storyline and emerge through character dialogue. Thanks to those two elements, younger kids will feel like "big kids" while watching the show ... but still learn something! Overall, The Zula Patrol successfully mixes entertainment and education -- with impressive computer animation to boot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about space science. What did kids learn from each episode? Are they interested in learning more about space? What do we know about our galaxy in general? Is Zula a real planet? Does life exist on other planets? If aliens do exist, what do you think they'd look like?

TV details

Cast:Cam Clarke, Nancy Cartwright, Tress MacNeille
Networks:NBC, PBS, qubo
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent Written bylamom January 31, 2010
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5
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A must for your space loving child

My 5 yo son loves this program. I love it too. The aliens are always kind, and teach him so much about space and science. They do different places in the universe to help out others in need, and along the way there are wonderful lessons in humanity and science. He's learned things that even I didn't know. Concepts that I wouldn't really think to teach him like how shadows change throughout the day, what simple machines are and how they work (lever, pulley, incline plane).

At pre-school on his day to "share" he brought in a placemat with the planets and proceeded to tell all his classmates about the planets (he named them all), which one had moons, which are gas vs. rock planets, why Pluto is on the "maybe" list of planets and so much more. It truly amazed me, and all the other moms too!!!! I didn't know he was absorbing so much from this show.

He still loves it, but has seen every episode so many times and there aren't lots of new episodes being added. He'll now request other shows that are new to him. But we still come back to Zula Patrol and he is still mesmerized by Captain Bula, Molto, and Zeter. I don't let him watch the Star Wars movies (that many of his friends do watch), so having all this information about space levels the knowledge field for him. His friends might know all the Star War characters, but he knows about space!

I actually put it on every now and then for review. I'm hoping that he won't forget all the science he learned on this program.

Kid, 9 years old January 2, 2011
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6
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stupid!!!!!!!! weird.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE OH GOD IM BEGGING YOU PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING BACK SITTING DUCKS AND SPLICED QUBO PLEASE

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byCartoonaholic_C... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Another Spacey Show

I love this show, so good for all ages. This show is mainly meant to teach kids science topics, but yet, it can be absolutely funny!!! Like other spacey cartoons like Space Goofs (no longer airing, I want this show back) and Atomic Betty (how dare you Cartoon Network hooligans cancel this show, bring it back), Zula Patrol is also good and spacey (like SG and Atomic), not to mention, good wholesome (scientific) fun for all!!! I not letting ZP out of my sight, I don't want it to go the Cartoon Graveyard (where SG and Atomic ended up) too quickly.

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