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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Big Awesome is a quirky mixed-media series that's not wildly educational but has plenty of visually appealing entertainment. The characters stumble into adventures in a world where soap bubbles can think and talk, kittens use their cuteness to get what they want, and a forest of cacti invite visitors with songs. In other words, it's a check-your-sense-of-reality-at-the-door kind of show. Expect to see the characters in some mild peril at times, usually as a result of their naïveté and faith in others, and the occasional oversized or otherwise intimidating figure. Strong themes of friendship and loyalty stand out, regardless of what the main characters' adventures bring.
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What's the story?
LITTLE BIG AWESOME centers on the bizarre adventures of best friends Gluko (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) and Lennon (James Arnold Taylor) in their hometown of Townopolis. Gelatinous Gluko is as kind-hearted as they come, always willing to go out of his way to help even the newest of friends. His small, round pal Lennon is more cerebral and helps to keep Gluko grounded. Each day is a new opportunity for adventure for this intrepid duo, and they make the most of it in fun, quirky ways.
Is it any good?
This series is an oddly amusing mixture of fantasy and creativity with appeal that's not limited to kids. The unusual juxtaposition of animation, puppetry, and live-action makes the show visually interesting throughout, and the anthropomorphism that brings to life unexpected objects keeps viewers guessing about what will happen next. Generally absurd contrasts in the characters' appearances and their actions make up much of the show's humor -- a bubble who just wants to hug pointy objects, a tiny creature whose dreams of villainy conflict with his cuddly appearance, and so forth. The content isn't deep, but it is unique and full of surprises, and the show boasts a stellar voice cast, plus celebrity guests like Weird Al Yankovic voicing secondary characters like Mr. Sun.
Little Big Awesome's biggest selling point is the dynamic duo at its center. Gluko and Lennon represent the very best in a BFF relationship: They're loyal, they're free to be themselves, they appreciate each other's oddities, and they always have each other's back no matter where their adventures lead them. Besides the obvious positive messages about friendship, this duo reminds viewers that differences don't have to separate us; rather, they make life more interesting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Gluko and Lennon's world compares to the real one. Is such a fantasy-based existence enticing? How might factors like inanimate objects coming to life complicate your daily routines? On the other hand, why is it fun to imagine such a reality?
How does Little Big Awesome make it known that its characters are friends? Are there times when you think their relationship might be strained? When you disagree or fight with a friend, how do you resolve the situation?
What character strengths do you admire in Gluko and Lennon? Are they curious? Brave? Kind? Are these the same traits you look for in your own friends? Why are role models important, even in TV shows and movies? What can we learn from the characters we see?
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