The Amazing Professor Ambrosius' Mansion
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Engaging animated series blends humor with learning.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode teaches viewers about a historical event, major players in history, or even famous folk legends like the Loch Ness monster. The characters interact with the subjects to learn about them and how their actions helped affect life today.
This series encourages curiosity by making the learning process fun. Professor Ambrosius doesn't just teach the kids about historical events and major players, he immerses them in the experience. Claudia and Junior are encouraged to ask questions and find answers. Cultural markers of the time periods and locations are evident in how the subjects dress and speak, and in subtleties like music.
Positive Role Models
The professor is engaging, vivacious, and knowledgeable, but he's also forever looking to learn more, which helps inspire Claudia and Junior's curiosity as well.
Occasional name-calling like "meathead."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Professor Ambrosius' Mansion is an educational comedy series geared toward young grade-schoolers. The main characters meet historical figures like composers, explorers, and inventors and learn from them about how their work changed the world. In other cases, the professor shares a story about a well-known character of legends. This worry-free series is an excellent way of introducing kids to important historical events, and there's plenty of humor and silliness to make the actual educational content seem secondary to kids.
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What's the Story?
In THE AMAZING PROFESSOR AMBROSIUS' MANSION, the diminutive white-haired professor teaches his niece and nephew, Claudia and Junior, about matters of history and folklore with the help of the major players themselves. Together they witness the Wright Brothers' most notable invention, perform for music masters Beethoven and Mozart, and imagine great adventures alongside Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama. Often his creature assistants and housemates Leslie (a mouse) and Floribela (a spider) join their human friends for the learning as well.
Is It Any Good?
With efficient storytelling and no-frills animation, this educational comedy series wins mostly on worthwhile content and is sure to please both kids and parents. The learning quotient isn't great, given that an episode runs five to six minutes in length, but it's enough to deliver a decent overview of the timeframe and significant events and possibly to pique viewers' curiosity for more concentrated fact-getting on their own. It's also a humorous and engaging watch, thanks mostly to the delightful professor and his exuberance for all things learning. In a TV culture that often seems to reward the excessive, The Amazing Professor Ambrosius' Mansion is a quiet contender for different reasons. It's the kind of show kids and parents can watch together and be equally entertained, and it does its job and moves on rather than languishing in monotonous plots. Also impressive is how the series avoids the common trap of repetition of style, changing up its format from one episode to the next. It serves viewers well with fun characters who illustrate the importance of being curious and open to learning new things.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what we can learn from studying people and events from the past. Without the achievements of the people in this story, how would the world be different today? What advancements happening right now do you think will be the most memorable in 100 years?
Kids: What topics are your favorites to learn about? Do you have favorite books or TV programs that deal with this subject? If you could speak to a historical figure, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?
What makes Professor Ambrosius a good teacher? Who have been some of your kids' favorite teachers? What is important of an effective teacher?
- Premiere date: January 1, 2015
- Network: Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, History
- Character Strengths: Curiosity
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: November 29, 2017
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