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Amazon premieres all 13 episodes of the children's animated Amazon Original Series Wishenpoof on Friday, August 14 for Amazon Prime members in the US, UK and Germany.
As a mom who really appreciates computer animation and heartwarming characters who have lessons to teach little ones, the first thing that I noticed when I screened Wishenpoof earlier this week was how well the characters in the show are created. The animators obviously put a lot of effort into making sure that kids could relate to the characters by making them as lifelike and diverse as possible.
This show is also very immersive and the characters on the screen frequently talk to the viewer making kids feel they are actually part of the action. This makes the program much more meaningful, as your child will feel as if they are actively helping to solve the issues that the characters face.
One of the main themes is every episode has a lesson. For example, in one episode one girl was not being nice to another and so the protagonist (Bianca) goes about trying to resolve the discord between them using her magic wishing powers. However, then someone tells her that you really don’t need magic to solve problems. So, if somebody is doing something that's not nice, you should speak up. This show teaches your kids messages that are very important to your daily life and provides them with the tools to solve them without adult intervention.
Another interesting perspective is that this show is very focused around self-empowerment. The main protagonist is a girl, and the only people who have ‘wishenpoof’ powers are the girl and her mom. Her father and brother show up occasionally, but they are, to borrow a term from Harry Potter, just Muggles. Nevertheless it is nice to see that, unlike most shows nowadays, Bianca has a complete family helping to round out the shows and make them happier, positive and more relatable.
From a technical animation standpoint, it seems that not much is being done to create elaborate scenes and dialogue. Camera angles, backgrounds, alternate points of view and other things that you would normally associate television shows for older kids seem to be lacking, and as I watched the show I noticed that lots of parts seemed minimalistic in those regards. Ultimately, though, I still think that the simplicity of this kids show is actually an asset and adds an additional level of charm that I think younger children will enjoy and thrive upon.
Overall, Wishenpoof excels. It features strong characters, fun interactions, great positive messages, and that splash of fantasy and magic that everyone loves, even us moms. There is something in this show for everyone, and I think Wishenpoof will be a on your kids regular wish to view list after seeing just a few episodes.
All 13 episodes of the animated preschool series Wishenpoof, created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Super Why!) and produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises, will feature guest star voice talent Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) and daughter Ava Priestley. Beginning August 14, Prime members can watch episodes of Wishenpoof ad-free with the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at amazon.com/wishenpoof at no additional cost to their membership. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at amazon.com/prime.
Wishenpoof will also be available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire HD Kids Edition.
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