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 Lucas the Spider is a gentle YouTube channel featuring the character of Lucas, a fuzzy, big-eyed spider with an endearing personality. He's cute enough, in fact, to convince viewers to take another look at spiders in real life, and view them with real sympathy (though parents may want to tell very young viewers that real spiders can't sing, dance, wave, or talk). There's no iffy language or references, and only the mildest bit of scariness, like when Lucas is captured under a wine glass (he escapes unharmed) or almost falls into a drain (he soon jumps in afterward to explore). Feel free to allow young children to watch Lucas, and watch along -- even if you have a grudge against arachnids, you may fall for him too.
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- Kids say
It gives kids nowadays a chance to expand their imaginations, rather than be tied down with all the technology. While Lucas is an anthropomorphic character with some human traits, he's a pure character, that truly reflects the childlike wonder that kids used to come by naturally
What's the story?
Created by animator Joshua Slice and voiced by his 5-year-old nephew, LUCAS THE SPIDER is so adorable, it may have you rethinking your feelings about spiders. Inspired by a photo Slice saw of a fuzzy spider, Lucas is a sympathetic arachnid with great big eyes and a fun personality. In each short (generally under two minutes) video, he sings, plays, and does the things spiders do -- just in a cuter way than you'd probably suspect.
Is it any good?
"Give Lucas his own movie!" is maybe the most commonly posted comment on this wildly popular YouTube channel's videos -- and after watching, you may agree. With his giant eyes (and too many eyeballs, as Lucas tells us in his very first video, which has nearly 20 million views and counting), his fuzzy-as-a-kitten body, and his adorable child's voice, Lucas is easily as cute as any internet cat or dog. "Can I come inside?" he asks, shivering outside a window. "It's really cold out here." Not invited in, he eventually crawls off to go sleep in the shed -- expect young viewers to be inspired to invite bugs inside for a nice warm sleep.
Watching Lucas' entire output won't take viewers long, but it's a pleasant journey. "If you see me, please don't squish me, I want to be your friend all day long!" he sings, be-fuzzed legs plucking on a thumb piano. You'll think twice before squishing another spider, to be sure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Lucas and what makes him cute. Is it the big eyes? The fuzz? His voice? Does watching Lucas make you see other spiders as cuter? Does it give you sympathy for them?
The creator of Lucas the Spider is an animator who has worked on many animated movies such as Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Does his animated expertise help make Lucas better or more interesting to watch? What would the Lucas videos look like if they were created by someone who wasn't a professional animator?
Lucas' voice is the 5-year-old nephew of creator Joshua Slice. As Joshua's nephew gets older, will Lucas get older as well? What would be the pros and cons of this?
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