IT'S LIKE WATCHING A SHOW ALL IN CAPS LOCK!!!
I love many of the new generation of PBS Kids shows -- Odd Squad, Peg + Cat, Wild Kratts -- but this show reminds me far too much of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network's, both in style and [lack of] content.
The character voices are waaay overdone and it sounds like EVERYONE IS ALWAYS SHOUTING! Stop yelling at me -- I'm paying attention! My kids were glued to the screen, but I was aurally exhausted after a while. Not every show should be as mellow as Mr. Rogers [or Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, for today's kids], but this was just over the top.
The animation is also very Nickelodeon/Cartoon Network and dare I say it, ugly? Again, between the frenetic action and over-the-top voices, it felt like the show was afraid that if they let up the energy for a second, we'd change the channel. Chill, PBS Kids. My kids still have an attention span longer than 2 seconds -- don't be the ones to change that.
After watching that first episode, I was looking the show up online and saw that many of the voice actors are SNL cast members. I wasn't surprised after what I'd experienced, but somehow, I was kind of disappointed? The whole show just feels gimmicky and desperate to me.
Lastly, the educational component of this is pretty lacking. This is simply "go outside and you might find cool stuff!". The Nature Cat episodes I saw encouraged kids to plant flowers to see butterflies and to use things found in nature (sticks, shells, rocks) to make music. Those are things that really should be EXPERIENCED, and are simple enough that kids hopefully would experience something like that at school, in a park or their own backyard. It just doesn't seem necessary as a tv show concept. Unlike Dinosaur Train or Wild Kratts or Plum Landing, which, even when showing the science of your own backyard, give a lot more actual scientific information and vocabulary and context.
I wanted to like it, but now I'm afraid of the future for PBS Kids.