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 Uki is a charming animated series featuring a fantasy character living in a fairy tale world. There's no language, sex, drinking, drugs, smoking, or violence; there isn't even the hint of menace. The show is nonverbal, with the plot advanced by music cues and sounds. The action is slow and measured, and the colors are bright and cheerful but not blinding. It's appropriate for very young viewers, who may learn about cooperation and friendship from watching Uki and friends solve fun problems together.
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What's the story?
In a magical land guarded by a smiling sun during the day and a gleaming, grinning moon at night, UKI, a small yellow creature, wakes up, solves a puzzle, has an adventure with friends, and then curls up in a flower to go to sleep. Created by Belgian artists and animators, Uki is intended to be nonverbal and suffused with music to entertain the youngest of viewers, who won't have any trouble following the simple action in each five-minute episode. Uki's friends, such as Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel, Tortoise, and Duck, sometimes get into scrapes or conflicts, but with a little understanding, creativity and patience, things soon work out for the best.
Is it any good?
Charming and sweet, this animated series for very young children is similar to vintage cartoons: There's no dialogue, just playful music and sounds. At the beginning of each episode, Uki wakes up in a bright green meadow strewn with pink flowers and yawns, the sun beaming down. Then it's puzzle time: Uki will play a memory game or slide the pieces of a mixed-up tiled picture around until an image forms. Then it's time for the meat of the episode: Oh, no! It's snowed, and Uki and friends can't play in the park together! Or, Uki is trying to paint a picture of Rabbit, but the drippy paint keeps messing up the sharp lines! Uki is frustrated, but not for long. Maybe you can't play on the seesaw when it's snowing, but you can slide down the slide and right through a hollow log.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about imagination. Why is it important?
What age do you think Uki is right for? Explain your answer -- what about the show makes it right for that age and not others?
Would you be able to understand what's going on in Uki if there were no background music? How does the music help tell you what to think or how to feel?
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