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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ask the Storybots is an educational series that's fun and charming enough that parents will want to watch along with kids. While the show follows the story of how the Storybots discover the answer to a "big question," the magazine format of the show allows for things such as music videos, letter rhyming, songs, and field trips to different places. Each episode also features a special guest star that families may be familiar with (i.e., Jay Leno, Kevin Smith, Whoopi Goldberg).
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What's the story?
In ASK THE STORYBOTS, five interesting creatures who live inside a computer are tasked with the job of answering a real kid's big question, such as "What makes night happen?" or "Why is the sky blue?" Together, they explore all areas of the world and ask many creatures along the way for help, before discovering the answer. Once the answer's in, the Storybots report back to their boss, then share their newfound information with the curious kid. Each scene in the show is visually distinct, with characters appearing in 2D and 3D animation, in Claymation, as puppets, and in live action.
Is it any good?
The animated show is both educational and entertaining in every scene yet is visually appealing as well as humorous enough to make both children and parents laugh out loud. While the premise of Ask the Storybots is to answer a child's question, the antics that the characters get themselves into are very funny, and each episode always has an educational twist without being obvious. For instance, when trying to find out how airplanes fly, viewers will learn how green screens are used to make it look like superheroes fly, that penguins can't fly, and how the bald eagle represents America, but these facts are cleverly communicated through great comedic writing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the answer to the big question, but parents also can point out the not-so-obvious things that were suggested in Ask the Storybots, such as how hummingbirds sound like they hum and how the sun never really goes away the way it seems to.
Kids: What would you like to ask the Storybots? How do you find answers to your big questions? What else did you learn in the episode that you never knew before?
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