A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series is appropriate for even the youngest viewers because its plot is slow, the characters are gentle, and the claymation animation is pleasant. It can be tedious for viewers over 5, but the characters are sweet and have distinct personalities. The series' premise is about helping others -- illustrated by the time devoted at the end of the show to singing a ditty called "The Helping Song." There's nothing offensive here, but if your child is only allowed to watch a limited amount of TV, know that there are much more educational programs out there.
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What's the story?
THE KOALA BROTHERS are Buster and Frank Koala. They have two advantages in the Australian Outback that their friends lack: They have a little airplane, and they have each other. Apparently, these two things are enough to motivate them to help see their friends through a series of trite conundrums.
Is it any good?
The characters are pleasing to the eye, and the Australian accents are cute to listen to, but the show often lacks substance. Certainly the premise of helping others is a noble cause, but The Koala Brothers struggles to find challenging problems to solve. Many of the problems are imaginary -- like wanting to sail a boat in the desert, or having packed too many things to take on a short trip. Many of the solutions to these problems are infantile and won't challenge your child.
Overall The Koala Brothers is an inoffensive show that attempts to convey a moral lesson. It's not an educational series, but because it's so slow-moving, it could serve as motivation to do something else besides watch television at noon.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationship between the two brothers. Are they good to each other? How do your kids treat their siblings? Do kids feel puzzled or intrigued by the strange predicaments that the brothers find themselves in? Which other shows feature sibling relationships in a positive light?
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