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Big Bugs Band

Big Bugs Band

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Producer: BabyTV
Rating: TV Y

Big Bugs Band is CGI-animated eye-and-ear candy for toddlers, presented by BabyTV, a commercial-free online channel. Big Bugs Band aims to offer little ones an easy introduction to different styles of music, running the gamut from reggae to rock-and-roll and even hip-hop.

Each brightly animated vignette runs 4 - 5 minutes long and the premise of the program is simple: A band of cheerful bright-eyed bugs sings, plays instruments, and dances for other creatures in the colorful woods where they all live. If you have a fear of the creepy-crawly inhabitants of the insect world, no worries here.

As for the musical touches, they're much more sophisticated than one might think at first blush, offering an introduction to the sounds of strings, woodwinds, percussion, and brass instruments, and exploring intricate rhythms and interesting melodies. While there is no scripted dialogue in the program, some of the songs have "lyrics" (really, just endearingly garbled gibberish) and most come with comical choreography performed by other insects.

Compositions are short and repetitive, not really allowing for more complex expressions of the musical genres but, really, Big Bugs Band isn't meant to be a tutorial. It's just a pleasant musical interlude that invites very young children into a world of sound that goes beyond the usual bland baby fare. As an occasional music video break, it's light, sweet, and fun.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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