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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's Unbungalievable! is a science-based short-form series in which honey badger Bunga of The Lion Guard teaches kids about similar characteristics among various animal species. Episodes consist of Bunga naming the chosen theme ("Who's quicker?" or "Who's hungrier?," for instance) and introducing two animals with characteristics related to it. The show is packed with trivia about animals, and video footage of them in their natural surroundings gives kids a point of reference for subjects that might be unfamiliar. This is a fun series with good learning potential, and if your kids take a liking to Bunga and haven't already seen The Lion Guard, they may be drawn to that as well.
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What's the Story?
IT'S UNBUNGALIEVABLE! is a short-form series hosted by The Lion Guard's honey badger, Bunga (voiced by Joshua Rush). In each episode, Bunga, who's often joined by his pal Ono (Atticus Shaffer), introduces two animals who share a characteristic such as super speed, a giant appetite, and copious body hair. Using real-life video footage of the animals in their natural habitats, Bunga compares the two species and teaches kids some fun facts about them before deeming one the winner in the day's category.
Is It Any Good?
Delightful Bunga brings his exuberant personality to these shorts, guaranteeing that viewers who love him as Kion's sidekick will want to watch him in this solo gig. Here his boundless energy and enthusiasm have a very specific goal, though, and that's to teach kids about animals in the wild. Considering its strict time frame (episodes run under three minutes), he packs a fair amount of trivia-style learning into each short, leaving kids with a little more knowledge than they had before.
Besides drawing comparisons between specific animals on limited criteria, It's Unbungalievable! also introduces kids to the concept of classification and how it criss-crosses species. When looking at super speed, for instance, Bunga compares that of the fastest land mammal -- the cheetah -- with that of the fastest bird -- the hummingbird. This type of analysis encourages kids to look more broadly at how animals -- and just about anything else -- can be classified and compared.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the themes of each episode. What other animals can you think of that would fit in this category? How would they stack up against the two featured on the show?
Kids: Did you learn something new from watching this show? Are animals a favorite subject of yours? What are some of the topics you especially like? Are there TV shows that relate to them?
Is Bunga a good host? Does he keep your attention? Have you seen him in The Lion Guard? Does watching this show make you more interested in watching that one?
- Premiere date: January 15, 2016
- Cast: Joshua Rush, Atticus Shaffer
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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