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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers can take some very simple truths from elements of some of the stories and their animal casts, such as sea turtles hatch on the beach and the babies must make their way to the sea, and moles live underground. The stories and their gregarious star also remind kids that approaching new experiences with a positive outlook and an open mind can help facilitate a positive outcome.
Kids see Archibald approach new experiences with enthusiasm and curiosity, which allows him to meet new friends and have exciting adventures. No matter what happens, his can-do attitude motivates him to find creative solutions in order to help the friends he finds.
Positive Role Models
Archibald gets excited at the prospect of trying new things, and even when he encounters surprises, he is able to adapt. He is outgoing and a friend to all, and he uses every experience to learn something about himself or the others he meets.
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This series is inspired by a book of the same title.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Archibald's Next Big Thing is a series about a curious little chick that was inspired by the same-named 2014 children's book by author/actor Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Toy Story 4). Hale stars as the voice of Archibald, who seizes every opportunity to explore his surroundings, visit new places, and try to discover what's next on his life's to-do list. Archibald embodies childlike enthusiasm, approaching each new day with wonder and curiosity, and he learns to solve problems in creative ways that help him and others. Along the way, he meets new friends, finds inspiration in his older siblings, and gets closer each day to discovering what his next big thing might be.
Is It Any Good?
This cute series expands on the affable book character and poses a range of what-ifs to him that send him exploring, learning, and befriending. What if he found a key that opened any lock? What if a mystery needed solving? What if he lost the ability to see what's around him? The scenarios set up adventures in which Archibald must try new things and stretch his comfort levels a bit to discover his unique purpose, and the reward is always learning something new and solving a problem that benefits him or someone else he knows.
It's not always the case that an animated series has the ability to entertain entire families, but Archibald's Next Big Thing promises to do just that. Kids will love the gregarious chick's enthusiasm for life and willingness to roll with the punches as calamities of various kinds befall him. Parents will appreciate how his doing so demonstrates the value of overcoming adversity and being open to the learning opportunities in embracing new experiences. All in all, this sweet series is an endearing pick for watching together as a family.
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