Zoboomafoo

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Preschoolers will go wild for this animal show.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Everybody gets along -- humans and animals alike!

Positive Role Models & Representations

Human hosts Martin and Chris are clearly having a wonderful time teaching kids about animals, and their enthusiasm makes learning fun. The hosts and Zoboomafoo clearly care about the safety, sustenance and comfort of all creatures, which is heartwarming and may convince young children to care about the animals in their environment.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this entertaining, colorful program makes learning about animals lots of fun. Kids will be exposed to vocabulary ranging from "slow" and "fast" to "grazing," "nursing," and all of the names of the featured animals and their habitats. The only confusing point is that Zoboo transforms from a real-life lemur to a puppet when he eats a snack. This transition is pretty seamless, because the puppet looks almost exactly like a real lemur, so the youngest viewers might come away thinking that lemurs can actually speak (parrots do, right?).

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  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJaydogZackery May 27, 2020

CLASSIC FOR BOTH KIDS & ADULTS

Unlike Sesame Street and ESPECIALLY Barney, "Zoboomafoo" is easily enjoyed by both children AND adults. It teaches nature at an elementary level, and... Continue reading
Adult Written byDylanEdward100 December 4, 2018

If

Zoboo is excellent i watch him on Sprout
Teen, 14 years old Written byWishboneFan2020 April 26, 2020

I Love Zoboomafoo Because This Show is Cool!!!

Zoboomafoo is the best show in the world! I watched him on Sprout and PBS Kids all the time and I'm getting a French DVD soon. I Love You Zoboomafoo.
Teen, 14 years old Written byidiriye August 11, 2019

idiriye

I Don’t Like Zoboomafoo! Besides, That Show Is For Babies, Toddlers, Little Kids, & Preschoolers.

What's the story?

ZOBOOMAFOO is a PBS show that introduces preschoolers to the animal world. The action takes place in stars Martin and Chris Kratt's Animal Junction, where animals of every shape, size, and color visit the brothers to play and explore.

Is it any good?

Zoboomafoo is easy to love, because it's so full of good stuff. Not only are Martin and Chris enthusiastic and playful, but they also seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves. This enthusiasm is contagious, and children are bound to respond to it. Along with their friend Zoboo the lemur, the Kratt brothers make learning about animals lots of fun. Often encouraging kids to "run like cheetahs," or to "chew like a horse," Martin and Chris make the interactive aspect of the show very engaging. Likewise, by prompting kids to learn about animals and their habitat, the Kratt brothers have created a truly educational program; especially when the hosts can bring the animals on to the set. Meanwhile, the manner in which Martin and Chris relate to animals is extremely respectful. They never antagonize or aggravate the animals, clearly setting a positive precedent for young viewers.

One segment of the show includes a fantasy element, wherein Zoboo tells a far-out story which is played out in claymation. It works, if simply because Zoboo is very childlike, saying things like, "I can't believe my mind," when hearing something incredible. The jumpy nature of these segments can be a bit odd, but it generally serves to enrich the program with an artistic element. PBS has done it again -- providing young viewers with compelling viewing. Zoboomafoo is a fun, educational show for preschoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different animals featured on the show. What noises do they make? How do they eat? Which ones are most fun to act like?

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