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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Olivia

One recent TV favorite for the whole family is Olivia, on Nick Jr.

We were watching the kid's old favorite "Max and Ruby", when one day Jr. accidentally caught this show centered around a family of talking pigs, dadddy, mommy 6 3/4 year old Olivia, her four year old "bother" brother Ian and the few month old baby William.

My initial reaction was "Why can't these serials be about a human family like Calliou?". Max and Ruby is about a Rabbit world where Rabbits do human things.

Now "Olivia" does the same thing in a pig world.

It grew on the whole family within 20 minutes because of the script, the quality of animation and the way it puts things in the perspective of an almost seven year old.

In the show we watched first, Olivia's little "bother" Ian grabs every toy that she selects. She chooses to color and he takes away all her red crayons. At that point, Olivia sees no point in coloring anymore because red is her favorite color.

Then she moves on to do a puzzle and Ian grabs that too.. same thing happens when she tries to read a book! Any refusal by Olivia and Ian screams "Mom, she is not sharing!" and mom promptly reprimands Olivia, gives her a timeout for not sharing.

We were rolling on the floor laughing because this was a normal occurrence in our household, but were totally unprepared for what came next.

You see, Olivia has these little dream sequences (usually 2 per episode) where she goes into a trance and lets her imagination run wild. When her mom gave her a timeout, she thinks about how adults would react if they had to share everything.

In the dream her mom is about to get into her car, when out of the blue comes Mrs. Hogginmuller, Olivia's teacher and grabs the key and goes "I will have to take this car. will return it later"

Her mom is all zapped and goes "but.. bbbb but, that is MY car!" and Olivia comes behind her and says "Mom, you are not sharing! Maybe you should go to your room and think it over"

Now, that is something. The kids were looking at us like "now, there is a serial that reflected what goes on in my head all the time". We were still laughing, but there was a lesson for the parents.

Every episode is a treat to watch. There is a "Rule of life" in every episode that really cracks you up and like the initial caption reads, this serial does indeed teach kids the importance of inter personal relationships.

Truly amazing. If you have kids in the 3-9 age group, they will really enjoy this show and so will you.

Now I watch Olivia while eating dinner after the kids have gone to bed.



ps. found out that the episodes are available on itunes.

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2 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Hi Sundar,

Regular Reader but first time commenting. Just love this show... hubby and I enjoy this even more than my 3 Yr your old daughter:))) I love that girl's dialougues..she is totally entertaining....

And Happy Pongal to Your Family!!

-S

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:37 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

here is the link to video's from the Nick Jr. site..

http://www.nickjr.com/playtime/cats/video/index.jhtml?playlistid=101008

took me some time to find it!

 

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