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Lessons from ‘Little Lunch’

May 12, 2017   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  Comments Off on Lessons from ‘Little Lunch’

We need more shows like Little Lunch.

In a Saturday morning TV landscape dominated by kid crime fighters, genius inventors, and superheroes, Little Lunch provides a refreshing focus on regular kids.

The Australian television series is set at recess. It features six kids who look and sound like kids you would find in any schoolyard. They experience the common highs and lows of being 10 years old.

There’s the episode when Melanie and Tamara explore friendship while battling for exclusive use of the monkey bars. The episode when Atticus learns to love the unfamiliar food prepared for him by his ya-ya (his grandma). And there’s the one when Battie doesn’t get over his fear of dogs.

Their stories aren’t extraordinary. There isn’t a neatly packaged lesson for them to learn every episode. The show features kids being kids. And as kids, their stories are witty, moving, and honest.


Jolie checks out Mystery Diners on Food Network

Apr 20, 2016   //   by Jolie   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Jolie checks out Mystery Diners on Food Network

Check this out:

Mystery Diners on the Food Network.

Mystery Diners is an awesome 30 minute reality television show on the Food Network. The show is about a man named Charles Stiles and his team of Mystery Diners who help restaurant owners with problems they are having in their restaurants that involve dishonest or bad employees.

In the episodes, a restaurant owner is having problems with one or more employees. In most cases, the employees are stealing or acting inappropriately when the owner is away. However, because this bad behaviour only happens when the owner is not around, they call in Mystery Diners to help!

The group of Mystery Diners includes private investigators and undercover operatives who help restaurant owners by placing hidden cameras in their restaurants so that they can find out what’s really going on when the owner is not around. Charles leads the team and monitors the hidden cameras with the owner. They also use undercover Mystery Diners to act as waitresses-in-training, cooks-in-training or customers. These undercover operatives help to identify the real problems while Charles and the owner watch everything on the hidden cameras.

At the end people who have been stealing or acting inappropriately are usually fired and sometimes they go to jail!

I like this show because you get to see how people are behaving without them knowing you are watching. Also, I like it because the people acting badly are always caught and the owners get their restaurant back on track! Be warned that sometimes they can use bad words, but they are always ‘bleeped’ out.

Although Mystery Diners may not be right for all people, older kids will love it.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?

It’s mostly entertaining, but it does show you what can happen if you aren’t good later in life!


Maryam Shares Why She Loves Jessie

Apr 6, 2016   //   by Maryam   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Maryam Shares Why She Loves Jessie

Jessie is my favourite TV show right now. I discovered it a year ago and can’t get enough of it! I even series-record it on our PVR!  The show started in 2010 and, sadly, the show ended in October 2015. I watch it so much, that my Mom asked me why I like this show more than other shows. I said “I don’t know” because I don’t really think about it. But she asked me to give her some reasons and so I had to think about it. That’s when I decided to do a review of it, so here it is!!!!…

Jessie is an awesome TV show because it is about a teenager who originally lived in Texas, and then moved to New York to follow her dreams and become an actress. But on the way, she meets a young girl named Zuri who wants her to be her nanny. At first, Jessie was happy, but then she saw the other kids she had to watch: Luke, Emma, and Ravi. When she saw the way they were acting, she wasn’t too happy about becoming a nanny…

It is a very popular show, and I think that is because it’s so diverse. All of the kids are different ages, and come from different cultures. Emma is the eldest, and she is the only biological child of the parents. Their dad is a movie producer and their mom is an actress, so they’re away most of the time… that’s why they need Jessie. After having Emma, they adopted Luke from Detroit, (but he thinks he is from Krypton). Then came Ravi from India and Zuri from Uganda.

The many ages, cultures, and personalities of the characters make the show fun for kids because there is at least one person that they can relate to. When I first started watching, I liked Zuri because I was younger, because she is cute, adorable, and fun. Now that I am growing older, I like Emma because she likes fashion and is more mature. I also like Jessie, because she really cares for all the kids. Luke is very funny because he gets into a lot of trouble, and I can relate to Ravi because he is from India and so am I. He speaks in Hindi sometimes, and although I can’t understand it because I speak a different language, my parents understand and they translate it for me.

The show also has Bertman, the butler, who takes care of the house and food. He is very lazy, and has only gone through one sponge (for cleaning dishes, etc.), in his ten years of working.  He is very humorous because he plays pranks on the kids. The kids prank each other, Jessie, and especially Bertram.

The show stars Debbie Ryan (as Jessie), Peyton List (as Emma), Cameron Boyce (as Luke), Karan Brar (as Ravi), Skai Jackson (as Zuri), and Kevin Chamberlin (as Bertram). I wish it kept going, but as all good shows, it had to end. The good news is that some of the kids (Emma, Ravi and Zuri), moved on to a new show called Bunk’d. It’s about kids at a camp. Luke is in a different show called Gamers Guide To Pretty Much Everything. He sometimes shows up on Bunk’d as well. The other characters (Jessie and Bertram) don’t show up at all.

For people who have seen the show, they already know all that I wrote about, and for the people who have not seen it yet, watch it…you’ll LOVE it!


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Long Live Puppets!

Oct 8, 2015   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  Comments Off on Long Live Puppets!

Will Puppet Shows Ever Be ‘Out Of Style’?

“The fight [with puppets] always is: “Why is this better as a puppet show than something else?” And if you can’t answer that, then you should do the ‘something else’!”

—Lawrence Mirkin

Larry Mirkin with Jim Henson

Larry Mirkin, left, producer of Marble Media’s newest hit Hi Opie!, is a longtime veteran of puppet-featured productions, including work with Jim Henson, right, and his gang on Fraggle Rock. (Source:

From leading roles on Sesame Street, and The Muppet Show, to supporting characters on Mr. Dressup and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, many adults today can reminisce about their favourite puppet characters from the shows they watched as children. The 80s and 90s presented a particular plethora of choices in North America with everything from Lamb Chop and Under the Umbrella Tree, to the re-introduction of the Muppets in Muppets Tonight. But what do today’s Canadian children know about the surreal world created by puppets?

Today, it is believed that CGI (computer generated imagery) is the only thing kids are interested in watching; even 2D animation is perceived as outdated by many children. That is the thinking that created the (almost) puppet-free zone that is children’s television content in the 2000s. But fear-not nostalgic puppet-lovers! There are currently some creators working to re-introduce the magic of puppetry to the screen!

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Lawrence (Larry) Mirkin, producer of Marble Media’s newest hit Hi Opie! and long time veteran of puppet-featured productions, including work with Jim Henson’s gang on Fraggle Rock. As I spoke with him, it quickly became clear that puppets will always have unique value as a medium for kids’ television, and there will always be methods for making them relevant to future generations.


Can Television Have a Positive Impact On Your Visual Child?

Dec 22, 2014   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  Comments Off on Can Television Have a Positive Impact On Your Visual Child?
Kaitlin Brough sketchbook

Kaitlin Brough says she was always drawing when she was little and has never stopped.

If was 12 years ago. There I was, lying on the carpet in our living room with a large pad of paper and a pencil, fixated on the screen. One of my favourite shows was on and I couldn’t draw fast enough.

As a kid, I didn’t try to analyze this need to draw what I was watching. It’s just what I did. In fact, it never occurred to me not to draw what I was seeing. To be honest I still feel this way today although I’m not really sure why. Am I hardwired to draw? I’ve found as I get older it often connects to a story or its characters. I’m 20 now, and when I fall in love with a character I get the urge to do a portrait of them. But as a kid, it was also about whether I found something visually appealing. If I liked the way something looked, or liked the style of cartoon I was watching, chances are I wanted to draw it.

Exciting and different visual stimulation is essential for someone who is visually oriented.


Fruit Loops and Philosophical Quandaries: The Saturday Morning Cartoons that Changed Everything

Jan 23, 2014   //   by   //   Community Blog  //  Comments Off on Fruit Loops and Philosophical Quandaries: The Saturday Morning Cartoons that Changed Everything

It would be quite the understatement to say that my fascination with television is a direct result of the cartoons I used to watch as a child. There was nothing quite like waking up at 7am on Saturday mornings, staring in utter awe as I was bombarded by the adventures of costumed titans, unlikely heroes, visitors from other planets, and of course, those riotous talking animals.

Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

But as all truly great fiction does, many of these cartoons transcended the genre, melding with unmistakably real issues and topics that children otherwise may not have been privy too.

Take Batman: The Animated Series, for example. Hailed as one of the greatest animated series of all time, the show’s grim, Art-Deco aesthetic was equally complimented by recurring meditations on the consequences of violence, the perpetuity of crime, and the labels of “good” and “evil”.

I’ll never forget watching “Over the Edge”, in which after watching her fall to her death, Lieutenant Gordon discovers Batgirl’s identity to be that of his own daughter. I won’t spoil the surprise ending, but Gordon consequently incites a vicious police campaign against Batman, whom he blames for dragging her into such a violent lifestyle. Who was in the right? Who was in the wrong? Could such a binary view of things even be adequately applied here? As a child, that was an incredibly profound predicament to witness.

This notion is continued with X-Men: The Animated Series, another fan-favourite that not only retained, but also heavily focused on the source material’s allegory for prejudice and discrimination (unlike the modern TV incarnations of the titular mutants).


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