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Great idea for a show but still a little rough
on September 14, 2015
As much as I'd like to give this show a glowing review, it is lacking in a few key areas. That said, there are many positives. First off, the animation is wonderfully done, and the music is enjoyable. The predictable format is also appealing for very young children. I love the concept of the opening sequence: a crab who is seemingly unaware of any of the other characters in the show regularly pulls up a trap out of the sea (a little ironic and morbid, but unnoticeable to the target audience) that contains odds and ends. He takes what he likes and tosses the remains behind him which sets off a chain-reaction, alerting Fig the fox, who is equally unaware of the crab and his actions, that "something new is in the finding place". The viewers omniscience adds to the child-like mystery and wonder of Fig, who approaches the finding place with a special reverence. It's a clever and beautiful way to set the stage for each new adventure.
One area where the show is lacking is voice acting. There's something a little off about the voices. Perhaps the lines seem a little forced or maybe they're missing a realistic inflection. With children's programs like Dora or Backyardigans, it's clear that voice acting at a young age is something that can definitely be taught. Another issue is the story lines tends to wane even in the duration of a 10-15 minute episode. It's as though the adventure climaxes shortly after the new object is discovered and the rest of the show has either too many dead spaces or the dilemmas are solved too rapidly. I remember rolling my eyes at one review I read where the viewer didn't like the lack of science or realistic problem-solving, but after watching most of the season, I now must agree. Fig tends to "figure it out" too easily with little or no trial and error. Sometimes its because the problems are terribly simple, other times the problem is solved with a magical solution. In other contexts, I wouldn't mind the fantastical outcomes, but since the emphasis seems to be on genuine problem-solving, the solutions seem out of place.
I think this show has tons of potential, and I continue to talk it up with my 3-year-old so that she'll maintain interest. I truly hope that this show continues and improves, since the overall tone of the show is so sweet, the animation so visually appealing, and the framework is structured so well for a young audience.