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Parents need to know that the main characters in The Floogals are three space explorers who observe human behavior from the shadows before trying their hand at understanding it themselves. The results are laugh-out-loud funny at times, even for grown-ups, and the show's blend of CGI (the Floogals and their spacecraft) and live-action (the human world around them) makes it an intriguing watch. The content is entirely wholesome and designed with preschoolers' natural curiosity in mind, and the characters' experiences show kids why making mistakes can be valuable experiences on the way to success.
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What's the story?
THE FLOOGALS follows three pint-size space explorers from the planet Floog as they observe and attempt to understand the objects humans use on a daily basis. Embarking from their spacecraft cleverly disguised as bedroom décor, Fleeker (voiced by Rasmus Hardiker), Flo (Jules de Jongh), and Boomer (Hugo Harold-Harrison) peek in on the comings and goings of their human hosts before exploring the likes of umbrellas, garden hoses, and the occasional food source for themselves. Once they've discovered the item's purpose, they report back to their compatriots on their home planet to describe what they've learned. Of course, these heroes' fate would be in jeopardy if their host humans knew what they were doing, so they must keep out of sight of the family and, even trickier, the family pets.
Is it any good?
This CGI/live-action series provides a unique vantage point from which to observe the human world, thanks to the tiny interlopers who explore every nook and cranny in and around the humans' house. They squeeze behind a mirror to find the alternate universe they think they see in there, hop inside a dog toy to find out if it's magic, and slide into the bowl of an umbrella to discover its purpose. Even though tots know going into each story what they will conclude about the various items and their jobs, it's charming and funny to tag along as the Floogals try to learn these things on their own.
Not surprisingly, there are many instances of teamwork and lots of camaraderie when the Floogals are around, and every story culminates in great celebration over the day's accomplishments. What really stands out from the show, though, is its positive spin on the trial-and-error process that goes into every new discovery, and that will resonate with kids especially. The Floogals never get it right on the first try, but if they let discouragement or frustration get in their way, they'd never get the results they want. That's a great takeaway from this fun mixed-media series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about trying something new like the Floogals. Can it be frustrating? Does it take practice? How do you feel if it doesn't work on the first try? Why is it important to keep trying?
Kids: If you could choose a place to explore the way the Floogals do, where would you go? What would you expect to find there? Do you like to get out and explore? Why, or why not?
Do you like how the show mixes animation and live action? How different would it have been if the whole thing were in CGI? Why don't we ever see the humans' faces? How does this show compare to some of your other favorites?
- Premiere date: January 23, 2016
- Cast: Rasmus Hardiker, Jules de Jongh, Hugo Harold-Harrison
- Network: Universal Kids
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: February 24, 2020
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