Danger & Eggs
Danger & Eggs is an animated children’s series from Amazon centers around human gal D.D. Danger and her best friend, a giant blue egg named Phillip. D.D. ( Aidy Bryant) is adventurous, impulsive, and kind. Phillip (Eric Knobel) likes rules, comes up with some pretty unique inventions, is safety minded and perceptive. But summarizing this series is no easy task. Perhaps that’s why the dominant lyrics in the opening theme song are, “Uhhh? it’s kind of hard to explain.”
Yes, this program is weird, but in a very good way. Set in Chickenpaw Park, each half-hour episode includes two different stories. Scripts offer above-average conflicts and an amusing path to resolutions; and the art direction is bright and inventive. The tone, which can sometimes be shrill and hyper, is used judiciously in service of a character or plot development. In one episode it’s possible that dogs can predict the future. In another episode, the pals clean the pennies out of a park fountain, un-wishing everyone’s wishes. And another episode focusses on the power of a secret. Along the way, Milo, identifies as non-binary and uses they/them as preferred pronouns and recently “out” Zadie sings a song about her first day at school as her real and authentic self, later explaining to Phillip the concept of “chosen families” (i.e. a group of people to whom you are emotionally close and consider family, even if you are not biologically related).
This 21st century buddy show offers a reassuring message to all kids about finding, and taking pride in, one’s own identity, whatever it happens to be. The characters in Danger & Eggs just happen to accept people (and space robots, and giant chickens, and the rest of the entities that inhabit their world) without question or judgment. You know what? It turns out that wasn’t so hard to explain after all.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 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 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.