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Parents need to know that Doozers is a CGI series inspired by the small green co-stars in Jim Henson's '80s series Fraggle Rock, but few similarities exist between the original characters and these modern ones. Here the main characters are kids, young engineers in training who solve problems through teamwork, sharing ideas, and a lot of trial and error. What this shows your kids is that things don't always work out on the first try and that success requires perseverance and plenty of patience to learn from failures. The stories incorporate basic math skills, science know-how, logical thinking, engineering concepts, environmental awareness, and safety reminders, and the friendly characters serve as reminders of the benefits of working together toward a common goal.
What's the story?
Fraggle Rock's smallest residents return to TV in CGI form as the stars of The Jim Henson Company's DOOZERS. The show centers on four young Doozers – Spike (voiced by Jacob Ewaniuk), Molly (Jenna Warren), Flex (Trek Buccino), and Daisy Wheel (Millie Davis) – whose daily adventures present new challenges that they tackle through teamwork and critical thinking. Despite their best efforts, though, this Pod Squad's solutions usually don't work on the first try, sending them back to the drawing board for new and better ideas. Fortunately the grown-up Doozers in their lives are always happy to offer guidance, helping the young Pod Squad construct new structures and machines to solve the problems they encounter.
Is it any good?
This show is a good choice for young kids, but for parents who were hoping for a vintage rewind, it's not likely to thrill. The industrious green construction workers won over plenty of Fraggle Rock fans in the '80s, and decades later, this TV series might have satisfied those now-grown fans' hopes for more from the comical little crews. Sadly for them, though, the show shares little similarity to the original characters that inspire it. CGI animation gives it a thoroughly modern feel rather than the classic (and much-loved) Muppets style in which we first met the Doozers. Similarly, the cast is entirely new and obviously geared toward the preschool crowd.
But if you're not bothered by its new look (and kids certainly won't be), then Doozers is poised to be a fan favorite for its thoughtful content and unusually realistic look at the ups and downs of creating, building, and solving problems. Things don't often work out the first time we try to do or fix them, and thanks to the Doozers, kids will see that this holds true even in TV land. The Pod Squad typically goes back to the drawing board two or three times before they accomplish their goal, but they always discover that their struggles are worth the eventual reward of success. The messages this sends about perseverance, cooperation, and commitment to a task are invaluable takeaways from this engineering-minded show.
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Families can talk about the problem-solving process in Doozers. Kids: How does it feel when your attempts fail? Are you ever tempted to give up? What is the best part of finally succeeding at something difficult?
How do the Doozers use their knowledge of math, science, and construction to solve their problems? When do you use skills like these? How does knowing them make your life easier?
Work with your kids to identify a problem that you can solve together. Is there something in your home that needs a new design or feature? Where can you look for ideas about its fix? How will fixing it improve how the area functions?
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