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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Ollie & Moon Show is an animated series inspired by books about two young kitties whose everyday quandaries inspire international travels. Each story begins with Ollie and Moon facing a puzzle of sorts and jaunting off to a distant land to find a solution to it, which usually involves some series of unexpected events that causes conflict between them. As preschool shows go, it's a fairly realistic representation of friendship's ups and downs, and the resulting messages reaffirming the characters' affection for each other are effective as well. This fun series gives kids insight into the concept of world travels and diverse cultures in simple but affecting ways.
What's the story?
THE OLLIE & MOON SHOW follows two best friends through their world travels inspired by questions that arise in their everyday lives. No yellow tulips in your window garden? Nothing a quick jaunt to the Netherlands can't solve! Need a piñata for a birthday party? Mexico's the best place for that. With their trusty travel companion, Stanley the snail (voiced by Ofusu Born Jones-Quartey), Ollie (Kobi Frumer) and Moon (Mattea Conforti) head out for adventure, only to discover that their friendship is the greatest adventure of all.
Is it any good?
These delightful feline friends are excellent ambassadors of global awareness for their young viewers, and their travels are filled with humor and silliness preschoolers will love. Ollie and Moon are just different enough to sell the buddy-comedy shtick: Ollie's a homebody who likes to have a plan for every contingency, while Moon lets him lead the way in what the day brings. Happily, the series doesn't gloss over the challenges these personality discrepancies raise but uses them to show the characters recognizing their differences but always returning to their mutual admiration of each other.
The Ollie & Moon Show is a fun way to introduce youngsters to the concepts of different cultures and geography, as well as the general excitement about taking a trip to a new place. Though the presentation and context are kept very simple (Ollie and Moon bike past acres of tulips and windmills in the Netherlands, for instance), they're enough to give preschoolers a basic point of reference for the places the characters visit, as well as a positive impression of trying new things in new places.
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Families can talk about what makes Ollie and Moon friends. How are they alike? In what ways are they different? How are those differences a positive influence on their friendship? Kids: Do you have friends who are very different from you?
Kids: Do you like taking trips? Where has your family gone on your favorite vacations? What new activities did you try? Where are you curious about visiting? Why is curiosity an important character strength?
Use the subject of this show to learn more about different countries and people. What images come to mind when you think of the places Ollie and Moon visit? Can you find these countries on a map? Learn how to say "hello" in the native language. What foods and pastimes are popular there?
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