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Parents need to know that Kid President: Declaration of Awesome stars viral sensation Robby Novak, who shot to fame with numerous YouTube shorts centered around his musings on life. The show stays true to the original clips' message of empowerment and spotlights average people (oftentimes kids) taking simple steps to change their communities for the better. Celebrities weigh in on the day's theme as well, always with positive things to say about making a difference, tapping inner potential, and appreciating the important things in life. A creative animation style gives this mixed-media series pop that will really appeal to kids in the audience as well.
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What's the story?
KID PRESIDENT: DECLARATION OF AWESOME is an extension of a series of popular YouTube clips centered around 10-year-old Robby Novak's alter ego, Kid President. In this show, he champions themes of joy, compassion, and generosity of spirit as they relate to his favorite message about making the world an awesome place. Between segments in which he delivers these affirmations himself are clips in which he talks to celebrities such as Kevin Costner about their thoughts on the day's topic, as well as features that celebrate everyday kids who are out there making a difference in unique ways.
Is it any good?
Arguably the world's most recognizable buttoned-down 10-year-old, Robby Novak proves that his endearing stage presence shouldn't be limited to three-minute shorts. What fans young and old love about his inspiring messages and his exuberant delivery blossoms within 30 minutes, allowing him to dig deeper into themes such as Real-Life Heroes and Families and to devote ample time to other people's input on the day's topic. The result is a nicely crafted balance between Kid President's trademark musings and a glimpse into how some people are already taking his inspiring messages to heart.
No matter what you like in a TV series, you're bound to find some of it in Kid President: Declaration of Awesome's variety-show format. There's comedy, inspiration, contemplation, and a clever meeting between live-action and animated features throughout the show. You'll hear from stars and meet small-town folks with big dreams, and Kid President will encourage you to reflect on your own feelings about the topics he explores. Even better, because the show puts kids at the forefront, yours will be more inclined to listen and be inspired by the positive things they see and hear.
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Families can talk about how Kid President: Declaration of Awesome encourages kids to affect change. What evidence do you see in your community of people caring for others? What need is this filling and for whom? How far-reaching are its effects? Do you see a need that you could fill?
Kids: Why is it important to have a positive attitude in life? How can such an outlook make it easier to overcome challenges you face? Does Kid President's sunny personality make you more interested in what he has to say?
What do you think accounts for Kid President's popularity? How has the Internet changed the nature of fame? Can anyone be famous now? Is it just as easy to become known for positive actions as for negative ones? Why, or why not?
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