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What to know: Charming, shadow style of animation.
MOKO THE YOUNG EXPLORER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 4-7
5 minutes
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This animated short is quite charming. I love its shadow style of animation, which reminds me of Indonesian shadow puppets. The storyline is one that kids will relate to - exploring the world we live in. We watch Moko and his friend paddling their boat across the sea, diving in and swimming among the fish and marine life. The animation under the sea is brilliantly colored and makes you want to jump right in and join them. In addition to Moko's fantasy journey, at the end we learn facts about marine life, from coral to fish. I really enjoy the narrator's voice, which is strong yet calming. And, the musical accompaniment at the end is upbeat and fun. This was entered as an episodic so I presume there will be additional shorts from the series, which would be most welcomed. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Moko is a young boy full of curiosity and gifted with a generous imagination. His one and great challenge is to discover the globe in its every corner. Thus, he travels through the African, the Asian, the European and both American continents. He is a true adventurer who loves to meet new people, deal with new situations and feel new emotions. He is both fascinated and scared by all the natural phenomenon surrounding him: stars, rainbows, tornados, seasons... At the end of the episode, a 1-minute segment provides children with the concrete explanation of the encountered phenomenon and an answer to Moko's question.
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