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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lunar Jim is an animated series for preschoolers about moon exploration, but also offers lessons about asking questions, solving problems, and teamwork. There are some mysteries that need to be solved, but nothing scary or violent.
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What's the story?
LUNAR JIM is a Canadian animated series about a group of explorers living on the moon. Jim (Ben Zelkowicz), and his team, including Eco the Farmer (Bill Kopp), Ripple the Super Space Mechanic (Joanne Vannicola), and a technical equipment device named TED (John Davie) live in Moonaluna, a small settlement on Blue Moon L22, which is the second-to-last moon on the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy. Along with their robot dog Rover (Robert Tinkler, Michael Cera), they use every opportunity to explore the moon using different vehicles and gear. Helping them along is their computer Pixel (Jennifer Hale). From trying to figure out who or what is stealing things from them, to smelling lunar flowers that make them forget things, the group works together to solve mysteries and find solutions as they learn more about their new environment.
Is it any good?
This charming stop-motion animation series features lots of moon-themed adventures easy enough for pre-schoolers to follow, with some gentle science thrown in. Throughout the show, lessons that focus on real-life space exploration, current space vehicles, and other information is featured. The colorful equipment (many of which look like toys) the team uses for their tasks helps make these teachable moments more appealing.
The simple science discussions are entertaining, but the show’s focus on things like discovery, cooperation, creativity, and problem solving are designed to help young viewers begin developing the skills needed for understanding and working in the sciences later on their lives. Overall, it’s a fun show that will both amuse and educate children.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it would be like to live on the moon. How long would it take to get there? What would it look like? What would you eat? What kinds of things could you do there for fun?
What new things are Jim and his crew learning about living in Moonaluna? What would it be like for Jim if he lived there by himself? How does working with his friends help?
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