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Parents need to know that Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh is a DreamWorks sequel to the 2015 movie Home and continues the story of human Tip and Oh, a Boov whose planet the two saved and now sits very near Earth, allowing residents to travel between them. As Oh adapts to life in Tip's household, he learns what it means to be part of a family, and he embraces the new emotions and customs he experiences. Though their relationship isn't without its sticking points (Tip draws the line when Oh invites his pigeon friends into their home, for instance), it's constantly reaffirmed, as are the messages about family being something that's made rather than born. Expect some mild bathroom humor (vomiting and farting noises, for instance) and some physical humor but no injuries.
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What's the story?
HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP AND OH picks up where the movie left off, with Boovland juxtaposed with Earth and the Boov commingling with the human population. And then there's Oh (voiced by Mark Whitten), the jovial Boov who helped save the two planets with the help of his Earth friend Tip (Rachel Crow) and has since adopted her family as his own. As the two settle into living together, Oh realizes he has a lot to learn about humans and their customs, but with Tip by his side and his enthusiasm leading the way, there's no stopping him.
Is it any good?
This music-heavy show lags a bit behind its parent movie in visual vigor, but that doesn't detract from the sweet intergalactic friendship at the story's heart. If Oh's wide-eyed wonder for human ways (not to mention his adorably loose grasp on the English language) was one of your favorite aspects of Home, then you won't be disappointed here. As he experiences the human world as an insider and learns valuable lessons that conflict with his Boov upbringing (kitty litter isn't a snack, for instance), Tip is always there to help him sort it all out.
Whereas Home showed Oh trying to reconcile the solitary life he'd always known with the human emotions that resonated with him, Adventures with Tip and Oh focuses more on the sense of family he's now experiencing firsthand. There are lots of funny moments, and Oh's adventures give a unique perspective on some human customs we don't think about much, but there's also a strong focus on families of all shapes and sizes that's truly heartwarming.
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Families can talk about what being part of a family means. Do you always agree with your parents or siblings? What family rules might you have to explain to an outsider like Oh from Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh? What kinds of things does your family enjoy doing together?
Kids: Why is it important to be open to friendships with people who are different from you? How can doing so change your perspective?
Does Oh's unbridled enthusiasm for new experiences inspire you? Why can new situations be scary? What are the rewards of jumping in anyway?
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