For this post, I received product for review purposes.
We jokingly refer to the ABC for Kids channel as “the babysitter” in this house. On a day when I need to write, or do some work and I can’t be disturbed, I flick on the TV for Inky and let her watch an hour or so of it.
I love that an entire channel has been dedicated to ABC for Kids—it’s not all to my liking necessarily, but not only does Inky love every show, a good deal of it is educational, or at least has positive messages.
Although the ABC for Kids channel is wonderful, occasionally Inky will get stuck on one particular show (DON’T MENTION THE PEPPA PIG!) and get disappointed (read: throw a tantrum) when a different show comes on that is not Peppa Pig.
Cue the DVD. Technology-wise, I suspect DVDs will one day go the way of the dinosaur, but for now they are godsends if your child loves a particular show.
Review of Toby’s Travelling Circus:
Toby’s Travelling Circus (not to be confused with JoJo’s Circus) is a perfectly charming Australian show. The show centres around Toby, a 7 year-old-boy who becomes the ringmaster of a travelling circus. Each episode is a stand-alone 10-minute “adventure” that he and his 7 fellow circus performers have in a different town. There are 9 shows on the DVD, so 90 blissful minutes in total.
The cracking animation is done in the stop-frame style, which is visually appealing, with that wonderful primary-colour saturation that the kiddies are all over.
There are some lovely sentiments and messages in Toby’s Travelling Circus—about being brave, persevering when you make a mistake, and about the value of team-work. The characters are diverse with some cute quirks—I thought the personification of each of the characters was terrific (even the clown wasn’t scary) if a touch cliched.
I wouldn’t call the show educational, exactly—more like an enjoyable toddler romp with key messages thrown in. I liked Toby’s Travelling Circus fine, but I did feel it was not unlike many of the fabulous shows currently on ABC for Kids—there wasn’t a lot about it that made it stand out for me.
But hey, my favourite shows are “Supernatural” and “The Walking Dead” so don’t listen to me, the proof is in the Kid Pudding!
I asked Inky (3) and Scout (8) about the show. Keep in mind that it’s targeted at 3—6 year olds.
Inky: Yeah. I like it. Yeah. I like the gymnasts girls and the drum boy.
Scout: It is a bit young for me but I do like it ‘cos there are gymnasts and the funny robot guy and the clowns. It does make me want to put on a show!
The girls only had a few episodes in them, not the whole 90 minutes. They get bored easily but did find it mildly engaging.
All up, I give “Toby’s Travelling Circus” a 7.5/10. The kids enjoyed it—it is perfect for the younger age demographic as it is inoffensive and well-intentioned, without all that annoying (and sometimes patronising) babble that goes on in some other ABC for Kids shows. Kids over 5 will probably get bored of it fairly quickly, although, it would depend on the child!
I have FIVE DVDs of everyone’s favourite babysitter, ahem, “Toby’s Travelling Circus: Roll Up. Roll Up!”, valued at $19.95.
TO WIN, answer this question in the comments of this post by 5pm, Friday 14th March—
“If you were a circus performer, what would your signature performance/trick/talent be?”
Terms and Conditions (aka fine print):
The name of the promotion is: Toby’s Travelling Circus: Roll Up. Roll Up! competition. | The promoter is Melbourne Mum in conjunction with Roadshow Entertainment. | This competition is open to Australian residents only. | All entries must be received no later than 14/3/2014 5:00 pm – AEST. | Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway. | Only one entry per person. | Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and agencies are not eligible to enter. | This is a game of skill. The winner will be awarded based on the creativity of their answer to the question “If you were a circus performer, what would your signature performance/trick/talent be?” The 5 most creative answers, as judged by Brand Meets Blog staff will win the DVD. | The prize will be in the form of product which will be sent to the winner once address details have been provided after the competition has closed. | The results of the giveaway will be published on this site on 19/3/2014. | Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable. | The total prize value $19.95. | If for any reason beyond the Promoter’s control the agreed prize is not available a product of equal or greater value will be provided. | The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.