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"The Pajanimals" is a series of short-form segments that air nightly on
the cable/satellite network PBSKids Sprout. This series is nothing
short of sheer brilliance. In each segment, four bedtime friends--
Apollo, Squacky, Cowbella and Sweetpea Sue sing a song that helps them
get ready for bed. Issues explored include wanting to stay up at night,
missing mom and dad, having scary dreams and getting enough sleep in
order to have energy to play the next day.
The "La La Lullaby" song is played every night on Sprout. This song is amazingly soothing. The music can easily lull viewers to sleep, the lyrics are well-written and the visuals perfectly match the song. They play right at the end of "The Goodnight Show," after Nina's signoff. It's a perfect way to end the night.
Other particularly good songs include "Goodnight to Mom" and "How Do I Know When It's Morning Time?" I'll be posting individual reviews for both of them, but "Goodnight to Mom" is precious, while "How Do I Know When It's Morning Time?" is a laugh riot.
The show is visually a treat to look at. It's one the few shows in Sprout presented in widescreen and is filled with detail. The puppets and are very well-designed. There are ten episodes of the show, not including the theme song. I'm hopeful, though, that maybe they'll decide to make the program into a full series with 22 minute episodes. It seems like it could really work. Also, if you look around online, you can find a free video of the show's theme song (which is never aired on Sprout) along with high-quality downloadable images. Episodes of the show are also available to view on Sprout's website.
Out of all the Jim Henson works, Pajanimals (which airs on Nick Jr. UK) is the best. Lovable characters and funny plot lines entertain even adults! Definitely a wise choice for a nighttime show, because of the many elements put into the show by its creators. The main character, Apollo, is a green dog with a love of outer space who is bound to appeal to any young kid. His best friends are Sweetpea Sue (an orange horse), Cow Bella (a purple cow), and Squacky (a blue duck). Every character has their own quirks that are expressed throughout every song and episode. The mix of personalities makes for a diverse cast and creative storytelling. Among the Nick Jr. shows, this one stands out because of its differences. I would much rather have someone watch this show than any other, because it has the best qualities of any show imaginable. A lovely atmosphere is created by the charming set, all part of the Sixteen South creators.
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