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Planet Echo

Planet Echo

Spring 2013 Television
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Rating: TV Y

The "less is more" axiom is apparently a mystery to brothers Chuck and Andy Clément. The two star in the somewhat frenetically paced Canadian program Planet Echo, a show for tweens aimed at exploring global ecological issues.

The information explored and reported here is interesting and age appropriate. The show does a great job of portraying how to explore a delicate ecosystem such as a coral reef, for example. Each episode revolves around a single concept, and from that theme, interviews people, explores examples and offers ideas on the subject—all environmentally minded. The topic is further reinforced with short segments that include live action, puppets, special effects and animation, including two talking boogers called Pick and Flick.

The brothers seem to know their audience very well. They offer a lot to absorb in one show, and it's not a particularly refined taste level.

The acting is exaggerated, the noises, sounds and images are in-your-face. But it's not meant to be Masterpiece Theatre. Planet Echo is a fun, informative, sometimes roll-your-eyes over-the-top presentation directed squarely at tween boys, about the importance of being responsible stewards of the environment.

Laura Fries   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

Look for this product at:
MRV Echo Two Productions & Positive Echo Two Productions

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