What if there was a new original kids series that captured your young children’s attention by encouraging problem-solving through out of the box thinking, persistence and a positive spirit? What if this show modeled the benefits of listening to and working with others, talking your way through challenges and powering through failures until you find success?
These are the basic ideas behind “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” an Amazon Prime Video series following Stinky the garbage truck, and Dirty the loader truck. It became available to viewers with Amazon Prime earlier this month. When I was pregnant, the first piece of advice I got from a fellow mom was “Get Amazon Prime.” With my subscription, I was pleased to see how easy it was to log in to my account, find this new offering and share it with my little boys.
Based on the “I Stink” book series by authors Jim and Kate McMullen, the show was written and developed by Guy Toubes who co-created “Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book,” and who has a long list of writing credits in children’s animation including “Pink Panther and Pals,” “Handy Manny” and “WordGirl.” In keeping with the books, viewers will see Stinky and Dirty confront obstacles in each episode by repeatedly asking the question “What if…?” The likeable trucks then test out their proposed solutions until the problem is solved.
Season one consists of ten 22-minute episodes, but each episode is divided into two separate stories lasting roughly 11 minutes. While I was worried that the runtime would be a little long for my two-and-a-half-year-old twins, they were fully captivated by the adventures of these animated trucks — adventures like figuring out how to move a massive boulder that falls into the middle of their city’s major intersection, how they can use the materials at their disposal to travel across water or how they will team up to complete Stinky’s trash pick-up route when the garbage truck isn’t working properly. Other fun challenges in season one include coming up with clever ways to get across town when both trucks run out of gas. and using their other senses to find their way home when a thick fog obstructs their vision.
Though problems like these would drive most adults up a wall with frustration and anxiety, Stinky and Dirty keep things light, confronting each issue with curiosity, optimism and a MacGyver-like spirit. I think this is absolutely a lesson all parents would like their children to absorb. The positivity and fun is aided in part by bright-colored animation, cute music (that’s not annoying!) and the voice acting talents of recurring guest stars like Wallace Shawn, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Lynch, Joan Cusack and Andy Richter.
If you’re looking to give your pre-school or kindergarten-age kids a little quiet time and want to avoid the guilt that often comes along with letting them watch TV, I think “The Stinky & Dirty Show” really is a nice and safe new option.
See for yourself with a look at the trailer…
Korbi is a former full-time TV blogger writing for sites such as E! Online and Yahoo!. She is now a full-time mom of twin boys. In her free time, she moonlights as a Marriage, Family & Individual therapist.
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