As we started to preview the Flummox and Friends concept with parents and educators we got overwhelmingly positive responses. But the most exciting responses we’ve gotten so far are from kids.
It’s a small and decidedly unscientific sample but the comments we’ve received so far - from both typical kids and kids on the spectrum - are encouraging and insightful. It comes as no surprise that kids really care about this stuff and have the opinions to prove it.
Here are few quotes we got via email from families who reviewed early drafts.
“I shared the idea with my daughter and she got VERY excited. She had some ideas for what the show should cover and dictated them to me:
- If you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all
- Look at people when they talk to you; it shows you are listening.
- If you have a group of people and are trying to think of ideas to solve a problem, and you are the only one talking about all the ideas, and you don’t let others express their ideas, stop and think and let other kids express their ideas.
- Don’t make up rules to suit your own individual needs - don’t change the rules in the middle of the game.
In addition, she felt that this could be a ‘monumental’ move and already started talking merchandise tie-in, with accompanying workbooks and picture books!”
“My ‘typical’ daughter shared that sometimes SHE feels weird at Aftercare and recess - even though she ‘knows what to do’ - she says that it makes her tummy rumbly with anxiety at times.”
“My son [who read a portion of the script] loved all the name mix-ups and Wanda’s absent-mindedness was hilarious to him. He was particularly enamored with the Bubble Theater scene and described it to me act by act.”
“[He] wanted make sure that something explodes in at least one episode!”
(Ed. note: So do we!!)
“Both my kids were very interested that the series would not ‘talk down’ to kids, but as one pointed out, ‘would lay out all hard parts of life and really talk about them rather than talk AROUND them’.”
We also got four (!) pages of handwritten notes from one young Flummox and Friends fan:
- Milo's shirt says Dino-Mite
- Professor wears goggles and has a beard and mustache. He has wild hair. His clothes are very dirty from doing all those inventions.
- The lab is very messy. There are potions.