VIDEOS FOR KIDS
FUN YES – FACTS YES – VIOLENCE NO
“We are determined to provide parents with the opportunity to choose, quality family viewing instead of the crime and murder that dominates so much of TV aimed at ‘children. Our new Children’s Television department dynamically fulfills that commitment,” says Gil Grosvenor from National Geographic Society, whose first home-video series for children – Really Wild Animals – is geared for youngsters between the ages of five and ten.
VIDEO FOR KIDS
The series is hosted by Spin, a cartoon globe-on-the-go who introduces young viewers to the ways Earth’s inhabitants live, use their environment, and care for one another. For instance, children see renowned scientist Jane Goodall studying the social structure of chimps and discover that these primates, just like humans, comfort their young. Really Wild Animals begins with three video cassettes: Swinging Safari, Wonders Down Under, and Deep Sea Dive. Six more are scheduled.
The videos for kids are entertaining and educational, and packed with animals – from African lions to Australia’s spiny anteater. Spin roams the world, speaking in the many voices of actor Dudley Moore. Spin presents a soap opera about colobus monkeys, a Western about sea horses, and a segment on lifestyles of the weird and little: about a fish called a mudskipper, a marsupial called a quoll, and a mammal that flies – the fruit bat.
Each video for kids includes minidocumentaries about animals. Original music accompanies the stories. Andrew Wilk, executive producer and vice president for Children’s Television, says: “We chose to start with a home-video series because we wanted involved viewers. When kids run VCRs themselves, they watch with concentration instead of zapping from channel to channel.”
Children four and under will soon have their own home-video series in a format designed to appeal to that age. Called Geo Kids, the series will premier in the fall of 1998. “With this major new commitment, we hope to give children a running start toward a future where they can connect with the exciting, living world in all its variety and fullness.”
Videos for kids develop your children’s imaginery world.