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Parents need to know that Odd Squad: World Turned Odd is a movie inspired by the award-winning children's series of the same name. The story sees three agents traveling back in time and accidentally changing the course of Odd Squad history. As in the TV series, the all-kid cast uses teamwork and creative problem-solving to restore normalcy, relying on basic concepts of science and math to do so. In addition to a diverse cast of characters and quality learning content presented in engaging ways, this enjoyable movie emphasizes for kids the value of using your mistakes as learning tools.
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What's the story?
In ODD SQUAD: WORLD TURNED ODD, the Odd Squad agents celebrate Ms. O's (Millie Davis) 100th year of service, and Agents Olympia (Anna Cathcart), Otis (Isaac Kragten), and Oona (Olivia Presti) use a new gadget to return to 1983 in the hopes of witnessing their boss's legendary takedown of a notorious villain. In so doing, they inadvertently change history and return to the present day to find Odd Todd in charge of the Odd Squad and the world teeming with all the oddities the Squad has ever solved. So begins a time-traveling adventure to see the Odd Squad -- and the world itself -- restored.
Is it any good?
This jovial movie is a fun addition to the Odd Squad lineup and will delight fans with its humorous take on what the world would look like without these pint-sized agents always at the ready. When Olympia, Otis, and Oona return to giant rodents and food tornadoes creating havoc at every turn, they can't imagine how they've gone so wrong. Only through careful deduction and some pretty crafty problem-solving do the agents manage to win the day again.
Odd Squad's celebrated knack for blending family entertainment with relatable educational content continues in Odd Squad: World Turned Odd. By incorporating skills like patterns and dimensional shapes in fun and cleverly disguised ways, the story teaches young viewers important concepts without coming across as preachy. There's also much merit in the less tangible lessons the movie has to offer, which remind kids the value of learning from the inevitable mistakes they make.
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Families can talk about math. Do your kids enjoy learning about and working with numbers? How does understanding number values and basic math help you in daily life? What concepts are you learning in school right now?
In what ways do the agents in Odd Squad: World Turned Odd use teamwork to accomplish their goals? Why do you think it's a positive character strength? How does having a positive attitude help you tackle new challenges? What are the benefits of working with others?
Which characters stand out to you as leaders? What qualities do they have that make them strong leaders? Do others respond to their strengths?
- Premiere date: January 15, 2018
- Cast: Millie Davis, Anna Cathcart, Isaac Kragten
- Network: PBS
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Adventures, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Numbers and Letters
- Character strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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