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Kambu

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Kindly characters, funny mishaps in sweet narrated series.

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but kids will see some very basic truths (balloons float upward, a parachute slows a freefall, fish live underwater, etc.) illustrated in the stories.

 

Positive Messages

Sweet examples of friendship, even without words spoken between the characters. They show kindness in big and small ways, help each other out of sticky situations, and always strive to do a good job.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kambu takes his responsibilities very seriously, going the extra mile (literally) to make sure all of his neighbors receive the mail he delivers. Others with special skills help out around the island as well, as when Dumb invents machines to help improve efficiency and make life easier.

 

Violence & Scariness

Some bumps and crashes, but no injuries.

 

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Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kambu is an animated series about a young dog looking to make new friends on his mail route. There's no dialogue in the show, which features a cast of animals and anthropomorphic objects (like Kambu's work companion, Box) who communicate through body language and small noises while a narrator explains their moves. The characters are kind and try hard at everything they do, and there's always a lot of silliness in their experiences.

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What's the story?

KAMBU is the story of a white dog named Kambu, who's the newcomer to Mystery Island and its new postman. He meets a menagerie of quirky neighbors as he races the clock to deliver packages, but his routes always manage to take unexpected turns that present him with unusual circumstances that are best resolved with the help of a friend.

 

Is it any good?

This darling dog and his costars make an excellent case for the universal language of kindness and friendship in this narrated series. What they don’t express in dialogue, they communicate through body language and facial expressions, as well as through their actions. Even young viewers will understand the thoughts and emotions at work in this gentle, boldly animated preschool series.

As for Kambu himself, his naivety makes him as endearing as he is accident-prone. Kids will see in him someone who strives to be his best despite many missteps along the way. His experiences are meant to be funny (and they are), but they also have the potential to show youngsters the value of perseverance and doing a job well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making friends in a new setting. How do you find common ground with people? What similar interests do you enjoy with your friends?

  • Kids: Did you miss dialogue in this show? Without talking, how do the characters communicate? What other ways can you show your friends you care about them?

  • Kambu encounters many challenges as he delivers mail to his neighbors. Why is it important to not give up on a task even when the going gets tough? How does it feel to finish a difficult job?

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