Justin Time

Common Sense Media says

Imaginary journeys teach gentle science and nature lessons.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

All of Justin's adventures are learning ones, as he travels to different places and learns about the animals and customs there.

Positive messages

Curiosity, kindness, and an awareness of the world around you are all positive messages in the show, as is being helpful.

Positive role models

Main characters Justin and Olive are unfailingly helpful and kind to both each other and the animals they encounter.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Justin Time is a gentle show, meant for the youngest members of the family, and is packed with science-based information handled in an age-appropriate way. Justin and his friend Olive are kind and thoughtful as they help animals they encounter. At home, Justin's mom and dad are reassuringly present and helpful, though seemingly unaware of Justin's active imagination.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In each 15 minute episode of JUSTIN TIME, main character Justin imagines himself in all sorts of different places, like the South Pole and the Sahara Desert, where he usually meets an animal who needs help. With his imaginary friends Olive and Squidgy, a floating yellow birdlike creature, Justin figures out what the animal needs and how he can help, learning lessons about science and nature along the way. At the end of each show, Justin leaves his dream-world to discover his mom or dad waiting for him to do some kind of activity, such as skating or building a birdhouse.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With easy-to-digest lessons about animals and ecosystems, Justin Time holds preschoolers' interest while imparting knowledge. Justin is often bumbling around whatever place he lands, which will also appeal to kids, who can feel like they don't understand the world they live in. The smooth, bouncy computer animation is easy on the eyes, with a color palate that's cool and easy, not as eye-gougingly bright as some cartoons.

It's also very positive that Justin's parents appear in each episode. Unlike some shows where Mom and Dad are puzzlingly absent, leaving the kids to go off on adventures alone, the parents in Justin Time bookend each adventure. It's nice to be appreciated.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why every place Justin travels seems to have animals that need his help. Do animals do this in real life? Why or why not? Why do so many television shows feature talking animals who aren't afraid of humans?

  • Why doesn't Justin's mom or dad go on his travels with him? Can you have adventures with your parents?

  • Where do you travel in your imagination? Is there an area of the world or an animal you know more about?

TV details

Cast:Gage Munroe
Network:Sprout
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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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 a 1 year old Written byWornBabyShoes August 21, 2013
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2
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A good show for little-littles

Justin Time is a cute show for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The educational value here is pretty high; they will be learning without even realizing they are learning. My 19 month old's interest is held throughout. The show isn't chaotic or over-stimulating. There is, as expected, no violence, sex or inappropriate language. This is completely appropriate for your little one.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bywilsonbiggs March 24, 2013
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3
QUALITY
 

Beautiful animation!

Wow. Very good flash animation. Only thing I could say that I don't like about this is the voice acting and fairly generic writing.
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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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