Last Saturday, we headed off to London for an exciting launch event and I’m sure once you see what I’m talking about you’re going to be glued to your telly come 4.20 pm on the 20th of June. We were invited to the world premiere of the new CBeebies show – Kazoops.
Kazoops is an animated series which follows the adventures of six-year-old Monty and his best friend, Jimmy Jones the family pet pig. Monty uses his vivid imagination to challenge preconceptions about life such as ‘you have to wear matching socks’ or ‘all games need rules’ and, in doing so, demonstrates the value of critical thinking and creative play.
We were treated to the first three episodes and we loved it. Yes, all 4 of us.
The children enjoyed the music and the lively entertainment and they loved Jimmy Jones, the pig. 🙂
I quite liked the music as well as the true to life situations. Matching socks is the bane of my life and I’ve resorted to one colour. After seeing this though, I may go back to different coloured socks and have the children wear them mismatched. They do look kind of cool.
The episodes are short and are perfect for the target age 3 – 7 years as I know children tend to switch off if the episodes are too long. I particularly like the family element and we love surfing Nan.
Executive Producer, Patrick Egerton commented: “We are delighted to finally see the first series of Kazoops launching in the UK for kids to watch. In it we are keen to show children from an early age that it’s okay to question things and not take the world around them at face value. We want to inspire kids’ imaginations and foster the courage to think and see things differently.”
“Monty challenges a different preconception or accepted wisdom in each episode, which is exactly what kids at this age do. In writing the series our team of writers had to find ideas that would fit this mould and so the criteria was perhaps more rigorous than other pre-school shows. Some appear to challenge everyday conventions, like whether your socks always need to match, but are really about bigger ideas like the relative importance of conforming. Some are more lofty and abstract, like Monty questioning whether you can be scared but brave at the same time, which is really an exploration of the nature of courage. Over 78 episodes we cover a lot of ground, in a way that communicates to the kids without preaching, but is also meaningful to adults too.”
We can’t wait to watch the other episodes and as a reminder – Kazoops Episode 1 will air on CBeebies at 4.20 pm on 20th June. Put a reminder on as I know that you and the kids are going to love it.