Cosmic Quantum Ray
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this clever animated comedy is designed to educate kids on the wonders of science and physics. Topics such as Einstein's famous E=MC2 equation and how the body transforms healthy foods into energy are demonstrated in the show's plots, then explained outside the action by the characters. There's a fair amount of cartoon violence, but it's meant solely for comedic effect.
What's the story?
COSMIC QUANTUM RAY details the adventures of a young boy named Robbie (voiced by Samuel Vincent) who discovered -- in a shoebox -- a doorway to another dimension. He becomes part of Team Quantum, a crew of heroes gathered from across the cosmos, including Quantum Ray (Tom Kenny) and a know-it-all robot named Bucketworth (Colin Murdock). Together they protect the galaxy and inevitably learn a thing or two about science and physics along the way.
Is it any good?
Originally aired in Germany, Cosmic Quantum Ray is the brainchild of an actual scientist who worked with writers to create a vehicle for teaching kids about quantum physics. A lofty goal, but somehow, Cosmic Quantum Ray manages to hit the mark, thanks largely to a broad sense of humor, a fast-paced tone, and clever plotting that ties the science lessons tightly into the stories being told.
It's not every cartoon that boasts pictures of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein in its opening credits, and the shoebox containing the ninth dimension is a sly reference to the famous box where Schroedinger kept his cat. A pleasant surprise with an educational focus, Cosmic Quantum Ray wraps science lessons in a fun, appealing package for kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the show presents its educational messages about science. Do you think television is a useful educational tool?
Did the way the show handled its science lessons make you more interested in any of the topics?