Musical numbers, bright CGI animation, and educational content collide in this very cool galaxy inhabited by, among others, an artistic little alien named Arty. Together with his puffy pal Epiphany, they travel to different planets to visit friends. Whenever problems arise, Arty applies critical and creative thinking to construct a solution out of common art supplies.
In one episode, the kids want to play outside but the slushy snow won’t cooperate. Their solution is to head indoors and make craft-stick sleds and turn paper-wrapped boxes into snowmen. The live-action sequence shows young kids making their own snow scene dioramas. A 2-part episode features the customs of Lunar New Year and Arty and friends are excited to attend a celebratory parade. When an elaborate lion costume frightens Arty’s friend, an artistic “face-lift” gives it a friendlier appearance.
Parents who like do-it-yourself programs, craft sites, and the Maker Movement will happily join their kids to co-watch this celebration of science, technology, engineering, art & design, and mathematics, or, as it is called in educational circles, STEAM. Most episodes include two separate stories and a well-produced live-action segment featuring kids making crafts related to the storylines. Materials for Arty’s innovations are stored inside an “idea box” so parents should be prepared to stock an “idea box” of their own at home. Creative Galaxy provides enough ideas to inspire little viewers to indulge plenty of their own artistic inclinations once TV-time is over.
Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.