Elinor Wonders Why
Eager preschoolers’ curiosity yields learning opportunities.
“Elinor Wonders Why” is a preschool series whose main characters show that they are excited to learn new things by exploring and asking questions. The show demonstrates for kids the value of being curious and trying new things, as that is how the characters make discoveries. Adults shine as role models both in their conceptual awareness and in their willingness to help the kids experience and gain knowledge. Viewers are treated to positive representations of friendship and community involvement, as the characters’ explorations also teach them basic truths related to nature and science. (Roughly half-hour episodes)
Available via PBS Kids streaming.
Feel-good doc series tells stories of celebs’ success.
“Becoming” is a documentary series that tells the stories of how celebrity athletes and entertainers persevered and rose to the top of their professions. In telling their stories, some of the celebrities show moderate sadness when talking about things like a loved one dying or being involved in a serious accident. There are mentions of romantic love, and the lead character in one episode finds out she’s expecting a baby. While there is not overt product placement, some brands are mentioned by name and some athletic uniforms have visible logos. (Roughly half-hour episodes)
Available on Disney Plus.
Hubie Halloween (PG-13)
Crass, mean-spirited Halloween tale has cursing, bullying.
There’s lots of crass humor, language, bullying and mean behavior in Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween.” Though main character Hubie (Sandler) is a cheerful, kind and brave man who succeeds in the end, Sandler, who is abled, plays him as if he has a mental disability. That’s a problematic representation, and it also makes Hubie the target of constant cruelty (insults, pranks, having things thrown at him) from kids and adults, including the local priest. The nasty behavior extends to other characters, with teens and couples treating each other callously and a teacher insulting a student in front of his classmates. Fart, poop and erection jokes abound, and no opportunity is missed for vulgarity: a ghost sheet has pee stains, a dog eats its own poop, a hot dog is positioned on a bed where a man’s penis would be, and Hubie’s mom cluelessly wears used T-shirts with crude sexual sayings on them. There’s also some kissing and lots of mild Halloween-themed scares. Teens drink and smoke at a Halloween party. Language includes potty talk, plus “s---,” “boner,” “balls,” “boogers,” “a--,” “buffoon,” “suck,” “p-----head,” “dummy,” “boobie,” “idiot,” “crap,” and “t---y-twister.”
Available on Netflix.
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