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ZingZillas

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Musical monkey puppets teach lessons about creativity.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about different musical instruments, how they work, and how people play music together. 

Positive Messages

Playing music is fun and a valuable skill to learn. Kids can learn perseverance and teamwork from the Zingzillas' adventures. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each Zingzilla loves music and performing it. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ZingZillas is a British live-action puppet series for preschoolers about a group of musical monkeys who live on a tropical island. Whether alone or together, they're always thinking about music, and human musicians often visit the island to share their skills and knowledge of a particular instrument. The Zingzillas also use music to process feelings, and write songs about things like fear, happiness, and more. The puppets are a little on the creepy side, but kids who love music will enjoy this fun group of singing friends (and the songs they write aren't too shabby, either). 

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What's the story?

Primates Zak, Tang, Pansy, and Drum are friends who live on an island and make up the ZINGZILLAS. They all love music and are always figuring out new songs, discovering new instruments, and bringing together what they've learned for a daily performance called "The Big Zing." Human musicians with real instruments also show up on the island and share their knowledge with the Zingzillas. 

Is it any good?

This sweet show gently explores different types of music, instruments, and what it means to be a musician and performer. Kids can learn teamwork, perseverance, and uniquely, that music can evoke different feelings in people (and gorillas). The human-sized puppets might be a little creepy for some kids and parents, but it's worth it to look beyond the costumes -- there's a lot of solid music knowledge shared by this perky and curious group of friends. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about music. What different types of music do you like? What instruments are featured? 

  • What does it take to play in a band with other people? How do the ZingZillas work together to create their music? 

  • Does music make you feel things? What's the difference between music that makes you feel like dancing and music that makes you want to sleep? 

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