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Parents need to know that Insectibles is a fun and colorful animated series meant for young kids. It contains some fantasy violence, and concerns about getting attacked or eaten by insects is a common theme. However, most of this is presented in a non-threatening, humorous manner, and no one gets hurt. It highlights the positive relationship between a grandfather and his grandson, as well as friendship. There’s some limited information about insect behavior, too.
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What's the story?
INSECTIBLES is an animated series about a boy, his grandfather, and their insect adventures. When Zak (Jeff Simpson) has to spend time with his Gramps (John Peter Sheldon, Jr.) instead of going to soccer camp, he expects to have a boring time. But when he touches Gramps’ Shrinkinator, both are reduced to the size of insects. To his surprise, Zak also finds himself with a bionic arm built by his grandfather. Along with bug friends Syd (Michael Moon), Chowser (Alex E. Cazares), and Willow (Diong Chae Lian), all of who were enhanced in some way, they must navigate the grass and avoid predators while figuring out how to un-shrink themselves. Their biggest threat? An evil mechs-mosquito and her loyal servants, including an army of bodybuilding cockroaches.
Is it any good?
The engaging series offers colorful adventure and suspense as Zak, Gramps, and their friends make their way through the natural habitats of various insects. Throughout their adventures, it highlights the predatory behavior of various bugs, but does so in a way that is fast-paced and humorous. Meanwhile, it underscores the growing relationship between Zak and his grandfather.
There’s some tension here, as fears of getting caught, stung, or eaten are always present. The show’s narrator, a rather creepy looking Venus Fly Trap, may also cause some jitters in the very young. Some of the chases and occasional crashes may be a little intense for them too. But for kids old enough to handle it, Insectibles is fun and lively, and the short installments are just long enough to keep them engaged and entertained.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about insects. Do you have a favorite bug? A least favorite one? Why do people often think they are scary or annoying? Why do some insects eat other ones? Should you really kill them when you see them? Does Insectibles make you want to learn more about bugs?
What would it be like if you were one of the Insectibles? Would it be interesting? Fun? Scary?
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