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Parents need to know that Miles from Tomorrowland sparks preschoolers' curiosity about outer space through the characters' exciting intergalactic adventures. Miles and his family travel the universe on missions to explore new places and to help other space-dwellers, so teamwork and problem-solving are common themes, and Miles and his sister play valuable roles in the adventures. There are moments of suspense when characters appear to be in danger, but they're quickly -- and happily -- resolved. This series is brimming with model behavior, from Miles' eagerness to help to his mom's can-do attitude, as well as some epic family road trips that are fun to watch.
What's the story?
MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND follows the intergalactic voyages of the Callisto family, a team of space explorers who travel the universe in their futuristic spaceship. For Miles (Cullen McCarthy) and his robo-ostrich friend, Merc, there's no end to the fun on these epic family road trips with his older sister, Loretta (Fiona Bishop), and their parents, Leo (Tom Kenny) and Phoebe (Olivia Munn). Their journeys introduce them to all kinds of space beings and present opportunities to help many of those they encounter.
Is it any good?
Brimming with adventures too big to be confined to Earth, this series encourages kids to look to the sky with a new sense of wonder, and that's just what the show's creators had in mind when they developed its STEM-based, NASA-approved content. With science and technology experts consulting behind the scenes and Disney working its typical magic in designing Miles from Tomorrowland 's visual appeal, it's hard to go wrong with this preschool-targeted show.
But inspiring curiosity about the final frontier is only part of the story, and parents will like the show's hearty messages about family camaraderie even better. The Callistos are a fun bunch, especially at play, but their relationships are marked by the occasional dose of reality as well. Miles and Loretta aren't always the best of friends, but they prove their worth to each other when needed. Juxtaposed against big adventures are more low-key scenes of the family sharing a meal and planning their day. These simpler moments serve to remind kids that, although adventures on a grand scale are great, coming home to loved ones is a joy as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about outer space. Kids: Do you ever look at the sky and wonder what's up there? Do you think space travel would be fun? What might you expect to find if you could take a ride in a spaceship like the Callisto family's?
What is Miles' role in his family's intergalactic work? What special talents does he have that make him suitable for the job? What are your kids' responsibilities at home? Why is it important for them to fulfill them?
Does Miles and Loretta's relationship ring true with your kids? What is most challenging about having siblings? What's the best part?
- Premiere date: February 6, 2015
- Cast: Tom Kenny, Olivia Munn, Cullen McCarthy, Fiona Bishop
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Space and aliens
- Character strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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