Family / Animated
I’m always on the hunt for films or shows my kids will enjoy that I’ll enjoy too. There aren’t many that fit that bill, but Jungle Beat sure does. This is comic genius at its best! The videos are all 5-minute stand-alone pieces featuring one jungle creature. Our favorite is probably the giraffe, or the turtle, but the bee, monkey and hedgehog are popular too.
While the videos do have sound, they remind me of the very best silent film comedies from Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin, because they are entirely dialogue-free (after all, animals don’t talk, right?) so all the humor is physical. Let me give you an idea of some of the scenarios:
- What’s a poor turtle to do when it gets an itch, but its shell won’t let it scratch? Maybe it should just slip off its shell? But like a pair of tight pants, his shell comes off easily, but doesn’t go back on nearly so quickly. This leads to some hi-speed hijinks when the turtle has to surf on his shell to evade an eagle that wants to eat the now-exposed turtle.
- What’s a poor firefly to do when it wants to catch some sleep, but its own light is keeping it awake?
- What’s a poor giraffe to do when he accidentally head-butts the moon and knocks it to the ground, where it breaks to pieces?
Each of the stories has a creative set-up, and all come with a happy ending. I don’t know if Jungle Beat‘s creators are Christian, but I suspect so, because they’ve gone to great lengths to make sure this is family-friendly. I really can’t say enough good things about this series. It is so very clever, and other than a few moments of peril, which might have our two-year-old a little nervous, it is entirely safe. And for the perfect finishing touch, they’ve even included coloring sheets at their website: www.junglebeat.tv. Two thumbs very enthusiastically up – I give this a 10 out of 10!
So far there are three seasons, with each season made up of a dozen or so short videos. Each season’s videos have been combined into full one-hour-long compilations which you can find below.
And if that isn’t enough, you can find two seasons of the Munki and Trunk series – focused on Jungle Beat‘s two most popular characters – just below. That’s almost nine hours of animated fun!
The only caution I will mention is that these do include commercials, and while YouTube generally keeps kids’ show commercials tame, nowadays you just don’t know what they’ll show. So even with these very G-rated videos, parental supervision is a must in case of PG-rated commercials. Americans with Amazon Prime can skip the commercials by watching Jungle Beat Season 1+2 here and Monki and Trunk Season 1 here. Canadians with Amazon Prime can do the same by clicking here and here.
I’ll also add that these are a lot more fun in short 10 or 15-minute chunks than they are watching a whole hour’s worth at a time.
So gather round the family – you are in for a treat!
SEASON ONE (65 minutes)
SEASON TWO (66 minutes)
SEASON THREE (60 minutes)
MUNKI AND TRUNK
SEASON ONE (79 minutes)
SEASON TWO (80 minutes)
SEASON THREE (80 minutes)
SEASON FOUR (81 minutes)
PART ONE (14 minutes)
PART TWO (12 minutes)
This review was first published on ReelConservative.com