A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters learn something in each episode, from the order of the planets to how to estimate measurement.
Kids see the value of curiosity and a desire to learn, as the show illustrates the opposite in characters who can't think for themselves and are disinterested in experiencing new things. Bad guys are easy to spot, even if their actions are more comical than concerning. Teamwork is an additional theme.
Positive Role Models
Keen and Stampy are enthusiastic about learning and acquiring new skills they use to track down the Wondergem and thwart Heinous' evil plans. Even though Heinous' henchmen are mean to them, Keen and Stampy help them out of jams they cause. Heinous is vengeful and mean.
Violence & Scariness
Explosions, fireballs, falling objects, and some sword play, but anything that's hit simply breaks into blocks.
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No cursing, but name-calling such as "dolt" and "blockhead."
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Products & Purchases
The show is inspired by Minecraft and Stampy, a YouTube channel star.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wonder Quest is a Maker Studios series that's available to watch on YouTube; it's inspired by Minecraft and its central character hails from creator Joseph Garrett's other Internet hit, Stampylonghead. The videos do an excellent job blending comedy, adventure, and quality educational content under the premise of its heroes' efforts to thwart a villain's plan and return a collection of gems to their town. The fact that the game is less about retrieving an object and more about generating curiosity and a desire to learn gives the show depth. Each story presents the characters with a new concept to learn, all illustrated in engaging, kid-friendly ways. There are even social lessons that promote cooperation, kindness, and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to miss the show's positive messages about the rewards of curiosity and learning, not to mention the many topics over the course of the episodes. Inspired by Minecraft and created by Joseph Garrett, the creative mind behind YouTube sensation Stampylonghead, Wonder Quest summons the angular cat into a new pixelated town at the behest of Wizard Keen, who's in dire need of a hero to counter the scheming Heinous. Whether Stampy's up to the role remains to be seen, but he's certainly enthusiastic about the job and about each new obstacle that arises.
Slightly less prominent but also very worthwhile themes are examples of teamwork, camaraderie, and determination that see the heroic pair through the challenges they face. What's more, there are social lessons at play in how Keen and Stampy never resort to the kind of vindictiveness that Heinous and his henchmen, Lackey and Flunky, do. Even fleeting mention of how Heinous came to turn evil can prompt discussions about bullying and respect with your kids, so don't miss the chance to build on many of these topics.
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