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New series, Animal Jam debuts February 24

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Phillip, Feb 11, 2003.

  1. Hays

    Hays New Member

    OK, just saw it...

    And I have to say, I agree verbatim with the reviewer. The unfortunate thing is, if they followed his advice, it would be a really terrific show. Bizarrely enough, I was also instantly reminded of "Death to Smoochy!"

    The choreography is terrific, very simple and easy to follow - based on the live-animal videos in the background. That part really kept my boy's attention, but I could see that he wasn't able to follow the choreography because of all the spinning lights and colors. The muppets are a little too wired for my taste (they remind me of my least favorite muppets, Davey and Joey monkey,) but a lot of that could be addressed in toning down the set a little, and having fewer kids on the dance floor.

    All in all, I could see that my boy was relieved when the slower-paced Wiggles came on (sigh, tear hair out.) I don't think keeping kid's TV - particularly for the preschool set - at a frenetic pace is a good idea, though it seems to be an industry trend.

    It is clearly still a Henson production, though - the songs are complex and interesting, the muppets are well-designed and well-performed, and the writing - even though it lacks focus - wasn't done by a third grader (unlike said Wiggles.) I'd like to see what parents of school-age kids think of this show.
  2. Smoosh

    Smoosh New Member

    the penguin

    The penguin is a Henson product and the muppeteer inside is a Sesame performer. On of my friends is one of the DJ's on Animal Jam and he knows first hand.
    Laterz
  3. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Member

    Re: the penguin

    I liked the penguin.

    :zany:
  4. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Guys,


    I stand corrected...


    :sympathy:


    If only Cory were here to see it !
  5. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Scott,

    Make sure you get some of the Penguin on the video !


    :D
  6. FellowWLover

    FellowWLover Member

    Re: Scott,

    You are such a demanding little Hairbo!

    (BlueFrackle... make sure you download those two songs for me, write that freakin' letter, and go out to buy issue #4.)


    :D
  7. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Jes,


    And you call me demanding - Whooo !


    ;)
  8. Smoosh

    Smoosh New Member

    DJ3

    Yeah, my bud Andy Stone is DJ3, the leopard... we have known each other for years, he was very excited to be able to develop and voice a character for the first time after being "supporting cast" up until now.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This doesn't look good for Henson! I mean, with the success of AVMMCM and the current Palisades lines (all sold out! crud!) they are ahead now. Unfortunately, this show is a clunker that Henson doesn't need right now. It could be a hit with little kids, or it could drive adults away from the Muppets just as easy. it could be a full scale flop, or a forgetable, shortlived show like it's predicessor Tomi DePaola.

    Personally, it doesn't look like something I'd watch. maybe once or twice.

    Why can't they just bring back Stinky and Jake instead.

    Never send a cow monkey to do a skunks job!:sleep:
  10. Hays

    Hays New Member

    My husband's comment: "It's Ross Perot and the Fruit Stripe Gum icon!"
  11. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

  12. Des

    Des New Member

    animal jam...big hit at this house

    My son looks forward to Animal Jam every morning now. He has 'special needs' and Animal Jam gets him awake, smiling and JAMMIN' now! Thanks for the upbeat, silly, and downright awesome kids show!

    will be looking for Paz as well... always did have a fondness for penguins!

    Des
  13. VEND-O-FACE

    VEND-O-FACE New Member

    'Twas me

    Hi,

    I'm the writer of the first Animal Jam review. If you want to know what the real problem with the show is, just go to the official website (www.animaljamtv.com) and read the "About" and "curriculum" pages.

    It all reads like a dissertation -- the show has obviously been "consulted" to death. Sesame Street is highly educational, but most of the time it's so well disguised that the program seems like pure enjoyment. Animal Jam is like broccoli. You know it's good for you but you really don't want to eat it unless it's covered in cheese.
  14. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Active Member

    Re: 'Twas me

    Well, I hate broccoli with cheese. And coincidentally I hate Animal Jam. And I've only had a taste of both once. Funny how things turn out...
  15. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I guess there are times when a husband needs to stand firm and re-take possesion of the remote control ! LOL No, seriously, i agree with what Cindy said. I think deep down (from what i've heard) Henson have a good idea there - giving kids a workout in the morning before school but making it fun and putting some characters and a story around it, just seems they need some more dynamic puppet personalities and to slow it down a tad. Maybe the penguin should host the show !
  16. VEND-O-FACE

    VEND-O-FACE New Member

    Huh?

    Except preschooler's don't go to school. :)
  17. Hays

    Hays New Member

    Well...mine's going to PRESCHOOL in the fall...

    Sorry; just being catty.

    Still curious what people with older kids have to say - you know, early grade-school.
  18. loucormanmik

    loucormanmik New Member

    New series, Animal Jam

    Watched the debut with my 5 year old daughter. We both loved it.
    My daghter participated throughout the whole show.
    She is begging me to take her and watch a filming in Florida.
    Does anyone have any information on when they will be filming any more episodes? Also any info on where she could sign up to participate?
    Thanks to any and all who can give me some info.
    We are watching the show daily now on DiscoveryKids.:flirt:
  19. Mr.Penguin

    Mr.Penguin Member

    BOZARK IS JUST PLAIN CREEPY.... ;)


    -:zany:
  20. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    OK now kookily enough i've now seen this show and i have to kinda agree with Scott - ie:- It's crap !

    I very much like the idea of a workout show for kids when they get up in the morning (so much so, i might steal the idea myself) but as other people have said, they really have tried too much to be educational rather than fun. When it's early in the morning - you wanna chuckle, not start to learn - if you are gonna get them to learn its better to do it subliminally. I think they should have put more effort into developing much stronger and funnier characters rather than going full on with the whole 'Animal' theme which i think gets a bit tired after about ooooh 3 minutes. It doesn't really need that, it could be just a fun puppet show where they prepare the kids for the day ahead. I liked the build up to the elephant coming on and the way he got his groove on but if i was doing it i would have had puppets dancing along with the kids probably and giving them more instruction as they went but in a light hearted way and maybe even individual to each kid. The segments inbetween the dancing aren't bad but suffer from it being hard to get to know the charcters - for a start calling them DJ 1, 2 & 3 is very impersonal. It gets about a 2 out of 5 from me - i think the channel they are on kinda demands how they are doing it rather than how maybe kids would like them to do it.

    Remember the scene in MFS where Sam is excercising the chickens, and also the scene in VMC where the pig character is the dance instructor giving instruction. I'd love to have that kinda thing going on while teaching the kids to excercise. Maybe make it a small segment of a more general morning kids show.

    I was also dissapointed by the Penguin. He's too cutesy and bland. Penguins are fun and zany - they're supposed to jump in the air and make you feel like you wanna wear your pants on your head (well, maybe thats just me). I would have liked a Muppet penguin, rather than *ack* an educational penguin ! *spits*

    As the official spokesperson and president of the society against the gratuitous use of penguins i may well have to censure that channel for gratuitously using a penguin to educate the children of the country while betraying his own wacky heritage !


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