'Let's Go Luna! Friendship Around the World'
(DVD / G / 2020 / PBS Kids)
Overview: Join Luna the moon, and her pals Leo, Carmen, and Andy as they travel around the world and learn about different cultures from places including Cairo, Egypt; Juneau, Alaska; Barcelona, Spain; Nairobi, Kenya; and the Andes Mountains!
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'Let's Go Luna!' debuted on PBS KIDS on November 21st, 2018.
'Let's Go Luna!' is a Canadian-American flash-animated educational television series created by animator Joe Murray (who previously created Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo) and produced by Peter Hannan.
It is co-produced by 9 Story Media Group's Brown Bag Films for PBS Kids and the always-popular Judy Greer provides the voice of the titular Luna.
'Let's Go Luna!' is set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, focuses on three kids - Leo (Aidan Wojtak-Hissong), a wombat from Australia, Andy (Jaiden Cannatelli, a frog from the United States and Carmen (Saara Chaudry), a butterfly from Mexico - who travel around the world with their parents' traveling performance troupe "Circo Fabuloso."
Along their stops, Luna the Moon, depicted about 5 feet (1.5m) tall with arms, legs and a face, and wearing a straw hat and red boots, occasionally comes down to Earth to teach them about local languages, music, food, and other customs.
Two half-hour episodes, consisting of two segments each and four in total, take place in a single country where the gang stop at, learn about and meet friends around the world.
With a team of cultural anthropologists on board, 'Let's Go Luna!' is "meticulously researched to ensure cities and regions are authentically and respectfully portrayed."
Here in 'Let's Go, Luna! Friendship Around the World,' the series introduces young viewers to cities around the world through the experiences of three animal characters who travel with their parents' aforementioned circus troupe.
In each new place, the kids must solve a problem that sends them on adventures in their new surroundings. They meet locals, taste traditional cuisine, listen to music, see landmarks and unique architecture, and hear bits of the native language.
They also learn where in the world their destination lies and a few interesting facts about it. This series is an excellent means of teaching kids about other cultures; more generally, its messages promote the value of new experiences, travel, and associating with people who are different from you. Themes of tolerance, respect, kindness, and friendship abound.
Leo, Andy, Carmen, and Luna are very curious about each new place they visit. How does being curious help you better experience new things? Kids: Do you find it easy to ask questions when you want to understand something better? What other character strengths do you notice in the main characters and those they meet in each city?
Questions such as these and many more enable parental interaction throughout, in the hope that children will more than just view the episodes, but learn and grow also, of course.
Here on this new DVD we get ten (10) rather delightful, and very colorful adventures:
Bob the Plant
Aren't We a Pair?
Lost and Found
Time of Goodbye
Me and My Elephant
The Potato King
The Charango Kid
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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