Little Big Awesome

Ages: 6 - 10

Little Big Awesome deserves recognition for its innovative art direction, creative characters, and quirky plot-driving dilemmas. Best buds Gluko and Lennon share adventures in a program offering fast-paced candy-colored 2D animation, puppetry, and live-action footage popping off the screen. 80’s performer “Weird Al” Yankovic provides voice talent, and the series’ music is boppy and fast-paced, yet tuneful, with slyly sophisticated lyrics.

In “Puppy Showers,” legendary puppies don’t show up for the much-anticipated Centennial Puppy Shower (yeah, you read that right) and the guys help an expert travel through outer space to find them. In “Friendversary,” the guys celebrate their 300th Friendversary (yeah, you read that right, too) by recalling the sweetly bizarre circumstances of how they first met. And, in “Sorry, Mr. Sun,” Lennon figures out how to apologize after offending the sun – who retaliated by causing a blackout in Townopolis.

Because they exist in such an artistically inspired world, the rules of our own boring Earthly existences don’t apply, meaning storylines zigzag in unexpected directions. Don’t expect to learn academic skills but do expect to pick up some social skills. Gluko and Lennon brand themselves as “the two best friends ever of all time in the history of everything,” which drives the underlying social and emotional value of the program, stressing kindness, loyalty, and being supportive.

Is Little Big Awesome everyone’s cup of tea? No, but kudos to the shows’ creators for striking a tone that’s energetic instead of frenetic, and weird in a wonderful way.

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.

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