Beat Bugs: All Together Now

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Delightful musical tale teaches about friendship, teamwork.

Parents say

age 2+
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Kids say

age 16+
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Educational Value

The show's focus isn't on education, but there are positive takeaways in how the characters get along and resolve differences. Musical segments also expose viewers to rhythm and instrumentation.

 

Positive Messages

Walter learns that sharing his troubles with his friends allows them to help him find solutions. The Beat Bugs experience emotions like feeling homesick, being scared, dwelling on guilt, and finally rediscovering hope. Talking about their feelings helps them resolve them. A big adventure inspires worry in some of the bugs and excitement in others, but in the end, all are glad they went. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Walter slowly comes to trust his friends with a long-held secret that has caused him inner shame, and they help him better understand his feelings and put them to rest. Even when the characters don't agree, they are respectful of others' opinions and work to find a happy solution. The group is also immediately welcoming to a newcomer.

 

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but there are some tense moments for the miniature characters. They get swiped off a windshield, sucked up in a vacuum, washed down a storm drain, nearly squashed by a car, endure several long falls, and are separated for a short while. All is well in the end, but youngsters may worry about the bugs' fate.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Minor bathroom laughs when a bug emits a green cloud of gas.

Consumerism

The movie incorporates numerous Beatles songs sung by modern artists.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beat Bugs: All Together Now is a movie add-on to the award-winning Netflix series Beat Bugs that sees the characters leaving their backyard home to compete in a singing contest in a faraway park. The characters experience emotions that will resonate with kids, including fear, worry, and homesickness, as well as some excitement over the prospect of a grand adventure. One character also wrestles with guilt over an incident that happened long ago but returns to the forefront because of the arrival of a newcomer to the group. Expect some tense moments as the tiny bugs set off in the human world, where dangers like rushing water, cars, and even wind can spell disaster. But there's also a lot of fun and several opportunities for the value of friendship to be reaffirmed.

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Adult Written bySvair October 15, 2018

Great music and lessons

This is a great show for both my 2 yr old and 6 yr old. They use Beatles music to teach the kids wonderful life lessons. This is one of the few shows that I l... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In BEAT BUGS: ALL TOGETHER NOW, the musical bugs -- Kumi (voiced by Erin Mathews), Crick (Lili Beaudoin), Walter (Charles Demers), Buzz (Rebecca Husain), and Jay (Ashleigh Ball) -- travel far from their home in Village Green to sing in The Bug Factor, a prestigious singing competition. While some among them are hesitant to leave home, Walter will let nothing stop him from getting there, and not just for the contest itself. So with him in the lead, his friends hop into action and vow to stick together at all costs. What awaits them is adventure unlike any they've had before, plus new friends to be made along the way.

Is it any good?

The award-winning series adds this delightful movie to its repertoire, replete with fun, adventure, and more modern renditions of Beatles songs. The Beat Bugs learn all over again the value of friendship and sticking together (insert "I Want to Hold Your Hand") as they brave new challenges and learn new things. They also discover that with perseverance and patience, even the darkest times will come to an end, and Yusuf Islam's beautiful rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" is the exclamation point on the story's hopeful message. This unique pairing of classic rock songs with the animated characters continues to impress in this movie.

All Together Now offers insightful content that's in tune with kids' experiences, particularly related to Walter's emotional struggle over an incident from his past. His initial reluctance to confide in his friends, his worry over feelings of guilt, and the relief he feels when he finally makes amends are teachable moments for parents and kids and invite discussions about dealing with difficult emotions. In contrast, the animation has so much fun with the characters' diminutive size in proportion to everyday objects like a kite, a tiara, and the condiment cup and bottle cap that double as boats for the bugs that there's never a shortage of lighthearted laughs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dealing with difficult emotions. How does Walter respond in Beat Bugs: All Together Now when he must face the guilt he's hidden for so long? Kids: What is the benefit of confiding in a trusted friend or family member when something weighs on you?

  • How does facing a new adventure bring both hopeful and worrisome feelings? What can we learn from these feelings? Is there any one "right" way to respond in a situation like this? How do you show that you are compassionate to others' feelings even when they're different from your own?

  • How does the music in this movie emphasize its themes of friendship and highlight character strengths like teamwork? Do you find that working with others helps you solve problems or complete tasks more effectively than you would on your own? On the other hand, what are the challenges of working with other people?

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