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Parents need to know that, like The Wiggles, Imagination Movers stars a lively musical quartet whose tunes are catchy and kid-friendly, so young fans might start asking for the band's CDs after hearing the songs. (At least in this case, parents probably won't mind listening to them over and over...) The Movers will win kids over with their silly antics, but they back up the silliness with positive messages about teamwork, respect for others, and creative problem solving.
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What's the story?
IMAGINATION MOVERS is a fun-filled preschool series starring New Orleans' popular alternative rock band of the same name. Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott "Smitty" Smith are creative handymen who can't wait to solve the "idea emergencies" that trouble themselves and their friends. Whether it's managing a bad hair day or tracking down a mysterious noise inside their Idea Warehouse, the guys are always quick to respond with brainstorming sessions, creative theories, and a host of ingenious gadgets that help them solve the day's puzzle.
Is it any good?
It's true that the show's basic premise harkens back to The Wiggles' heyday, but parents may find the Movers more enjoyable than their Aussie counterparts. For one, their musical influences for their stories structured around music video-like performances include everything from U2 to REM. There are no oversized stuffed animals of any kind, though a small Warehouse Mouse (voiced by Kevin Carlson) will fill kids' needs for a cuddly character. The problem-solving process in Imagination Movers encourages kids to brainstorm with the guys, who are always quick to remind viewers that there are "no bad ideas when you're brainstorming." Even the show's quirky props are thoughtful and serve specific purposes, like Scott's "wobble goggles," which allow him to view a situation from a different perspective to better understand it.
Of course, none of this will impress kids as much as the Movers' addictive sense of humor and quest for fun. The guys are clearly at home being their zany selves for their kid viewers, and even parents will find it impossible to not enjoy their high-energy, expressive performances. And there's no denying their well-deserved popularity among young music fans, who already appreciate their toe-tapping tunes and kid-pleasing lyrics.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Movers' problem-solving skills in Imagination Movers and how they apply to kids' own experiences.
Kids: When have you encountered a problem that you've had to solve? Did you ask for help? If so, from whom? How did you come up with ideas for solving the problem? Did they work? What would you do differently the next time?
- Premiere date: September 6, 2008
- Cast: Dave Poche, Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Scott Smith
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids Musical TV
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Empathy, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Media Award
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