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 imaginative sci-fi animated series is an ideal pick for youngsters. Even though the show doesn't always distinguish scientific fact from fiction, it does a great job of passing on other concrete lessons -- particularly related to tolerance and non-violence.
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What's the story?
THE ZULA PATROL chronicles the adventures of the citizens of planet Zula. Main characters Bula, Zeeter, Multo, Gorga, Wizzy, and Wigg travel the vast outreaches of outer space to learn about science while warding off galaxy-invading villains Dark Truder and Traxie. The series is partially built around a solid science curriculum: Kids will learn about the cosmos, asteroids, solar systems, and more. The characters also promote literacy, positive learning attitudes, tolerance, problem-solving skills, and finding solutions that don't involve violence.
Is it any good?
For the most part, Zula explains itself clearly, meaning parents don't have to be on hand to talk young viewers through each episode. The only point that might need clarification amid all of the science facts is that Zula and its alien citizens are fictional.
Kids will like that Zula Patrol doesn't have a slow-talking narrator stating the obvious and treating viewers like babies. Plus, the show's educational aspects are subtly nestled in the broader storyline and emerge through character dialogue. Thanks to those two elements, younger kids will feel like "big kids" while watching the show ... but still learn something! Overall, The Zula Patrol successfully mixes entertainment and education -- with impressive computer animation to boot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about space science. What did kids learn from each episode? Are they interested in learning more about space? What do we know about our galaxy in general? Is Zula a real planet? Does life exist on other planets? If aliens do exist, what do you think they'd look like?
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