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Go! Go! Cory Carson is an animated Netflix series starring a line of toy cars and other vehicles from VTech. Despite the commercial tie-in, there's no mention of the VTech brand beyond a glimpse of the logo at the start of the show. The characters' experiences encourage emotional awareness in preschool-age viewers and underscore the many important jobs that help communities stay safe, healthy, and running smoothly. Cory is an excellent role model for kids, being a believable blend of energy, enthusiasm, and occasional wariness in unfamiliar situations, and he always shows that he is willing to learn important lessons. Expect lots of teaching moments by way of Cory's experiences and emotional honesty, all of which promises quality content for young kids.
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GO! GO! CORY CARSON follows a curious and eager young car named Cory (voiced by Alan C. Lim) as he explores his hometown of Bumperton Hills, makes new friends, and has all kinds of fun and exciting adventures. Like most parents, Cory's Mama (Kerry Gudjohnsen) and Papa (Paul Killiam) are a little bit sad that their son is growing up so fast, but they enjoy watching him learn about the community and his place in it through his explorations. Whether he's off on a field trip with his friends Halle Copter (Adelaide Hirasaki), Kimmy (Neena-Sinaii Simpo) and Timmy O'Tool (Eli Morse), and Freddie Firetruck (Smith Foreman), or he's at home playing with his younger sister, Chrissy (Maisie Benson), Cory's always up for whatever the day brings.
Is it any good?
Sweetness abounds in this darling series that packages all kinds of preschool-appropriate feelings and conundrums into the heroic main character. Cory's best intentions sometimes get the better of him and land him in some uncomfortable and unfamiliar predicaments (maybe this sounds familiar?), but as viewers will see, he's not one to back down from them. Instead he makes the best of every situation, learns valuable lessons, and tries to do better the next time around. All the while he's supported by his loving parents and the other caring adults in his life.
Cory's individual example aside, Go! Go! Cory Carson has much to teach youngsters about the structure and purpose of a community as a whole. Bumperton Hills is a place that works like a well-oiled machine because of the residents in it, each of whom has a specific role to fill. There are teachers, firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers, and babysitters, and as Cory comes into contact with each one, viewers learn along with him how vital those respective contributions are to the greater community. Even better, the show makes a concerted effort to represent both female and male characters in a variety of occupations and to emphasize the inherent value of every job that is done.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many jobs that are filled by the residents of Bumperton Hills. How is each different vehicle best suited for his/her occupation? How can you tell that they take pride in their work and are valued by others? Where do you see those same jobs in action in your community?
How does Cory's impulsiveness get him into trouble at times? How might you make different decisions in those same scenarios? Why is it important to take responsibility when you make mistakes?
- Premiere date: January 4, 2020
- Cast: Alan C. Lim, Adelaide Hiraski, Smith Foreman
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models
- Character strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: November 17, 2020
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