By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Positive themes help balance branding in animated shorts.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Each story has a clear message about embracing individuality, respecting differences, accepting imperfection, and other socially responsible themes. The Wobz having very different personalities, and sometimes that causes conflict, but when they are open and honest about how they feel, they resolve their problems easily.
Positive Role Models
All of the Wobz are comfortable with who they are except Bucket, who often attempts to change or misrepresent himself because of self-doubt. With his friends' help, though, he comes to see the value of just being himself.
Products & Purchases
This Jell-O Play production incorporates branding at the beginning and end of each episode. The brand includes activity kits for families, and the characters are meant to help market the whole package to kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jell-O Wobz is an animated series created in coordination with Jell-O Play's launch of gelatin activity kits and toys that encourage imaginative play. The shorts see five main gelatinous characters living in a world in and around a kitchen, finding themselves in odd predicaments that challenge their idea of a "perfect" experience. Each story encourages them to acknowledge their own imperfections and to identify mistakes they make on the road to better self-acceptance. While marketing of the Jell-O brand and products is unavoidable in this show, families that do watch will find many positive themes that help offset that quality.
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What's the Story?
JELL-O WOBZ is a series of animated shorts centering on the antics of kitchen objects whose accidental encounter with Jell-O powder turns them into jiggly and mobile versions of their original shapes. There's Meg, a measuring cup with a perfectionist streak; Nigel, a baking mold who fancies himself quite perfect; Walter, an uncertain cleaning glove; Baker, a kindly single muffin tin; and Bucket, a naïve but well-meaning newcomer to the kitchen town of Jell-O Junction. Together these unusual friends learn to appreciate what makes them unique and to recognize the value of their imperfections.
Is It Any Good?
This Jell-O Play production is a thinly veiled marketing tool for the food company's line of play-at-home gelatin kits for kids and families, but it's also a surprisingly sweet series with worthwhile takeaways. The characters in Jell-O Wobz are very relatable in how different and mismatched they seem to be within their group. From prim Nigel to nervous Walter, each character is typecast to a dominant trait that dictates how they respond to various situations. While it makes the stories fairly predictable after you've watched a handful or so, it also breeds much humor in their interactions with each other and emphasizes the show's themes of embracing imperfection, respecting differences, and being comfortable in your own skin, er, gelatin.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how the characters in Jell-O Wobz show they're friends despite being so different from each other. Do their different personalities ever cause a problem among them? How do they use effective communication skills to better understand each other?
Which Wobz characters are most prone to mistakes? Does it ever get discouraging to find you are making mistakes again and again? Are you inspired to do better or to throw in the towel and accept your shortcomings? Is it true that no one is perfect? Does it help to believe that?
Kids: Are you familiar with the Jell-O Play products in stores? If not, are you curious about them now, having seen this series? Are you drawn to merchandise that bears the name or image of your favorite characters, sports teams, etc.?
- Premiere date: August 2, 2018
- Network: YouTube
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Last updated: October 24, 2018
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