Imagination Movers

 
Popular band brings kid tunes, big ideas to TV.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

The series teaches kids to think creatively to solve problems, and the band's upbeat songs expose young viewers to a variety of musical sounds and encourage them to get up and move along.

Positive messages

Every episode is full of positive messages about teamwork, respect for others, and creative problem solving.

Positive role models

The Movers are the ultimate team players -- they're always willing to lend a helping hand and are respectful of one another's ideas and suggestions.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The Movers have a selection of CDs and DVDs available, so young fans may ask for those after watching the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like The Wiggles, this series 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.

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?

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Four exceedingly happy guys in matching suits bounding around playing kids' songs ... Hasn't this been done before? It's true that the show's basic premise -- stories structured around music video-like performances -- harkens back to The Wiggles' heyday, but parents may find the Movers (whose musical influences include everything from U2 to REM) more enjoyable than their Aussie counterparts. 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 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Movers' problem-solving skills 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?

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of an infant, 3, 5, 9, and 11 year old Written byJacobyShaddix32 April 29, 2011
age 2+
 

good show for the younger set

my 2 year old son loves this show
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011
age 2+
 

I love this show

Good show
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T April 6, 2015
age 2+
 

Yep, they're definitely music to your ears.

I used to watch this when I was younger, and it's great. Even though the cast is made of all adult characters, the music, tone, and missions without climatic combat will get the little ones off their feet and dancing to the spazzy songs involved in the quartet's adventures. No violence, no language, no sex of any kind. This TV show is all put together.
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