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Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun space adventure commemorates 1969 moon landing.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

This story incorporates facts about American space exploration and the Apollo 11 mission in particular. The characters discuss Neil Armstrong's moon landing, the fact that Alan Shepard hit golf balls from the lunar surface, and the preservation of the astronauts' footprints in the Sea of Tranquility, for instance. Viewers see actual photographs and video of some of the Apollo missions, and in the show's final segment, an astronomer teaches viewers about the lunar module, and make-up of the moon's surface, and some fun facts about how astronauts travel to and survive in space.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see Jet and his friends have fun and learn together on their far-flung adventure, and when faced with a challenge in their saucer breaking down, they put their heads together and find a solution. Strong themes of teamwork, determination, and creative problem solving, led by Sydney. The story ends with a live-action educational segment with a female astronomer who teaches kids and viewers about the Apollo missions and space travel.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jet is impulsive and excitable, but he usually follows it up with knowledge and skill. He is always eager to learn about the experiences of his Earthling friends and humans in general. Sydney's level head and methodical approach to solving problems is a benefit to the group when things need to get done.

 

Violence & Scariness

In one scene, Sunspot momentarily believes a moon monster is lurking behind them, but that proves to not be the case.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

This special is part of the Ready Jet Go! series.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ready Jet Go!: One Small Step is a TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. As Jet and his friends travel to and explore the moon, they share their knowledge of the event along with photographs and video clips of space travel history with viewers. Among the characters, Sydney stands out as a problem solver with technical skill and a can-do attitude, and the show ends with another female -- an astronomer -- who teaches viewers more about how astronauts live and work in space. This fun story incorporates music, humor, and characters popular with preschoolers to celebrate the lunar landing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMary Goldsmith July 21, 2019
Adult Written byMamaBirdie July 20, 2019

Great

It taught my kids about Moon landings It's great
Kid, 8 years old July 12, 2019

Innacurate

This movie is not accurate Pluto is not a planet

What's the story?

READY JET GO!: ONE SMALL STEP celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a lunar adventure of the characters' own. Jet (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) is excited about the new saucer he's built, and he talks his friends Sydney (Vienna Leacock), Sean (Glen Gordon), Mindy (Jaeda Lily Miller), and Sunspot into traveling in it with him to the moon. But a rough landing causes some damage to the ship, so the explorers set out to search the Apollo astronauts' old haunts for some leftover equipment they can use for a repair. Can the kids fix the ship and get back home without Jet's parents' help?

 

Is it any good?

Jet and his friends pay homage to the 1969 moon landing with this fast-paced, kid-friendly, and educational adventure. As they traverse the moon and find vestiges of previous missions, they teach kids about the real-life astronauts and scientists who made that first giant leap into space exploration history. From tracing Neil Armstrong's footsteps to discovering the Apollo 11 lander, Jet and his friends get up close and personal with this momentous event in human history.

One Small Step demonstrates a clear intent to give kids a working knowledge of real aerospace history, and if this is preschoolers' first introduction to the concept, it's a good place to start. Because the characters incorporate actual photos and video footage from the past, the show is more adult-friendly than others might be, making it a contender for watch-together fare for parents and their preschoolers to celebrate this anniversary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the 1969 moon landing. Who were the major players? What did they learn about the moon by visiting it? How did their mission illustrate determination and courage?

  • Is there a clear leader among Jet and his friends? How do they show a dedication to teamwork in how they interact? How does teamwork help them out of a jam in this story?

  • Kids: Would you like to be an astronaut? What would you have to wear to stay safe in space? What would you eat? What questions do you have about the moon and beyond that you would like to answer?

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