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Parents need to know that Kazoops! centers on a young boy's imaginative adventures that take him and his best friend (a pig) to different times and places. Monty is curious, enthusiastic, and motivated to learn new things, which he always does in his make-believe travels. He's also an excellent role model in his friendship with his BFF, who doesn’t speak in words but with whom Monty can communicate nonetheless. A strong and supportive three-generational family unit and fun music round out this enjoyable show for kids.
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What's the story?
Monty's (voiced by Reece Pockney) big imagination takes him to all sorts of exciting places in KAZOOPS!. With a wish and his magic word -- "Kazoops!" -- 6-year-old Monty and his porcine best friend, Jimmy Jones (Scott Langley), are transported to places far and near, such as outer space or a bug's view of their backyard. There they start to see things from a different perspective, which teaches them something useful for their real-world experiences as well. These imaginative adventures are set to a fun new song each episode.
Is it any good?
Monty exudes youthful enthusiasm and curiosity at every turn, giving his adventures a larger-than-life quality that's enhanced by the show's use of music. All his imaginary trips in Kazoops! are inspired by ponderings that will sound familiar to parents and kids: "What if we ... ?," "Why couldn't we ... ?," "What would we see if ... ?," and on down the line. He follows each query with an instruction to Jimmy Jones to "just imagine!," which they do as their world dissolves into one where just about anything is possible. It's an appealing way to experience new things, and it should inspire kids to think beyond what they see around them, too.
Though Monty's family doesn't partake in his off-the-grid adventures, they do play a role in instigating them -- in particular his mother, who's a real go-getter when it comes to identifying what needs to be done and getting right to work, and his grandmother, who often chimes in with a thought or suggestion that gets the ball rolling. Though they're mostly background characters, their influence helps inspire Monty's make-believe, and they're often there to help him apply what he's learned to his real-life experiences.
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Families can talk about what piques their kids' curiosity. Are there certain subjects they most like learning about? Where do they get their information? Does Kazoops! inspire you to be more curious about the world?
Kids: Do you enjoy imaginative play and make-believe? What roles do you most enjoy acting out? How do these characters' qualities compare to your own personality?
Kids: Do you like the music in this show? Why is it limited to the imaginative segments? How does listening to music make you feel?
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