VSL:KIDS // What these Australian animals can teach your kids

The Australian kids’ show Animalia made its PBS premiere this year — it airs on Sundays. But a week’s a long time to wait for a show this good, which means that some lucky kids will devour the DVDs.

Loosely based on Graeme Base’s famously gorgeous alphabet book, Animalia drops two bored kids into a lushly animated kingdom that’s full of talking animals and rife with conflict. Expect sweeping CGI animation and deeply inventive story lines: One revolves around the disappearance of all written language (the resolution involves hieroglyphics). The other episodes are equally creative (they involve memory loss, magic portals, and rhyming spores). And the animals themselves are charming. Who knows? They might even teach your child a thing or two about what it means to be human.

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VSL:KIDS // What these Australian animals can teach your kids