We're not fans of sassy TV for kids. We don't appreciate backtalk or super snarky tweens. We want sweet programming that makes kids want to get along with friends and to be creative. This weekend when Mr. Momtrends was off on a triathlon adventure, the girls and I enjoyed the premiere of Julius Jr. on Nick Jr.
Julius Jr. is an animated series for preschoolers all about inventing and being a caring friend. Based on the Paul Frank brand and family of characters, the show's main character is a spunky monkey named Julius. His friends are Worry Bear, Sheree, Clancy, and Ping. Together the youngsters learn to navigate what it means to celebrate differences.
For the premiere episode, we learned about metamorphosis? and the power of imagination. Thanks to Juilus' clever mind he was able to transform a paperclip into an invention that helped a friend fly. The second part of the show focused on helping a sad friend. Sweet, simple messages packed with lots of movement, bright colors and catchy music. The big takeaway? "I want to be an inventor!" said my 5 year old. My 8 year old wanted to see more episodes. It's nice to have a show everyone can agree upon.
My preschooler and 3rd grader thought the show was great. It moved fast enough to keep them interested, yet not too fast as to make me mentally nauseous. We just got a television for the kids this month. To say we are very picky is an understatement. We demand TV that reflects our values. Shows like Julius Jr demonstrate that you can dream up creative fun that pleases kids and adults alike. Happy inventing.
Julius Jr. is a funky monkey with a penchant for invention. Together with his best pals, Worry Bear, Sheree, Clancy and Ping, they build a playhouse out of a simple cardboard box, but when they step inside, to their surprise and delight, they discover a magical playroom where ordinary objects come to life and fantastic adventures are just a door away! Julius Jr. and his best pals are coming to Nick Jr. Saturdays at 11am/10c starting September 28th.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Saban Julius via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Saban Julius.