A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Little Bill's neighborhood is a mixture of many different people. Even when he gets himself into a fix, Little Bill is treated by his elders with respect. In fact, respect to one another is a theme throughout the show.
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Bill and his friends treasure what they have. They make games out of their imaginations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know the series is based on the Little Bill books written by Bill Cosby. This series is similar to The Cosby Show, except that it's animated and meant for 4-year-olds. Little Bill has a tricky little grin and the strong will of a young child. His parents and the community embrace him as he develops. Overall the series creates a gentle and friendly atmosphere for young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Little Bill reflects another successful effort by Cosby to bring a story of a loving home life to the small screen. The show is set in an urban Utopia, which isn't a bad place for young viewers to visit. Also inspiring are the professional demeanor of the people who interact with Little Bill and his family, the seamless sense of community, and the Afro-centric world in which these characters celebrate life.
And although the animation is reminiscent of a storybook come to life, the audio track mimics real life, with voices speaking in regular cadence and sound effects that match the surroundings. The only sound that has a cartoon effect is the blinking eyes of Elephant, Little Bill's hamster, who is forever scrabbling around Bill's room in his plastic play ball. So much is true to life, yet somehow, since it's animated, the series keeps a magical TV-land effect.
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