Wonder Quest

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Stampy's Minecraft-inspired adventure is educational fun.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

The characters learn something in each episode, from the order of the planets to how to estimate measurement. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

No cursing, but name-calling such as "dolt" and "blockhead."  

Consumerism

The show is inspired by Minecraft and Stampy, a YouTube channel star.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySue2016 April 6, 2016

Highly recommended!

My children are aged 4 and 8, and both really enjoyed watching Wonder Quest!  It's one of their most frequently requested videos, and they have both learnt... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 9 year old Written byemmaforde January 10, 2016

Excellent Family Series

We have all enjoyed watching this wonderful Minecraft series. Each episode is filled with exciting adventures and packed with interesting facts about the world... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBULIDER NATION July 19, 2016

A good show to expand the young kids brains

This show has a great remodel Stampy the cat as we explore the world with a smart cat it makes learning fun for young kids PROOF I truned this on for my little... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2016

Awesome!

This is one of the most child-friendly YouTube series ever! I think kids could learn off of this, so if you have a child that's in kindergarten you should... Continue reading

What's the story?

WONDER QUEST is set in Wonderberg, a Minecraft-inspired town whose residents' heightened curiosity comes from the community's treasured Wondergem. But when evil wizard Heinous (voiced by Shay Carl) steals the gem and breaks it into pieces that go missing, people begin to lose their sense of wonder and, with it, their desire to learn. It's up to Heinous' brother, Wizard Keen (Adam Clarke), and Stampy (Joseph Garrett), a resourceful cat, to follow the clues to the pieces and reassemble the Wondergem before the entire town's sense of wonder is lost forever.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Wonder Quest's animation style. Kids: Are you familiar with Minecraft? Does this show's visual similarity to the game make it more fun to watch than regular animation? Are you inclined to want to play Minecraft after watching it?  

  • Do you think this show would be a success if it were on TV? How has the Internet opened possibilities to creators like the ones behind this show, who otherwise might not have gotten a chance to share their work?

  • Keen and Stampy are always eager to learn. Do your kids share their enthusiasm? Do they enjoy school? Do they like hands-on learning? What did they learn from this show? 

  • How do the characters in Wonder Quest demonstrate curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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