The Stinky & Dirty Show
Preschoolers will have a ball traveling around town with best buds Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader as they tackle problems in Go City.
Despite their big hearts and curious personalities, things don’t always go right on the first try, so they use the “What if … ?” approach. Their efforts loosely model the scientific method, talking through a problem and testing possible solutions. Each storyline shows several failed attempts; they use reason and logic until they find one that works.
In “Runaway Rover/Great Spacey Chase”, an epic space launch is jeopardized when the trash-collecting rover decides to do a little unauthorized roaming around town. Stinky and Dirty must get him back to the launch pad in time for the mission but that takes some trial and error.
In “Miles and Miles of Go City Smiles”, Stinky and Dirty help the town photographer, Shutter, take pictures to go on a billboard — but some of the residents are camera shy. And, in “The Fast Track,” Zoom the roller coaster is ready for adventure but it takes some creative track configurations to make sure Zoom’s zooming doesn’t lead to catastrophe.
Scripts, humor and musical numbers are age appropriate, but not groundbreaking. Still, the problem/solution sequences are straightforward and nicely woven into the plot, providing sound educational concepts. If your kids are fascinated by the world of wheels, steer them towards The Stinky & Dirty Show.
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.