For kids, the world is pretty weird right now. Like, weirder than TV. But then, the school holidays – a time when books, TV and movies become the magical normal – just got extended by a couple more days with the SA 21-day lockdown starting on Friday 27 March.
For grown-ups, these strange days could be a gift in disguise – a chance to connect and spend time with the ones we love. But let’s face it, those dishes aren’t going to wash themselves, which also means a bit of extra kids’ TV time just went from nice-to-have to absolutely essential.
Hey Duggee S1-2
Age: FPB: A | Common Sense Media: 3+
The Squirrels are a group of fun-loving tots who meet at the clubhouse. Duggee the dog is in charge of piling on the fun and games to help them earn different badges on their adventures, which range from treasure hunts and baking, to bouncing and show and tell. Each episode includes a simple little lesson, and ends with a warm Duggee hug before the parents arrive to fetch their Squirrels.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood S1-4
Age: FPB: A | Common Sense Media: 3+
Daniel is a shy but brave 4-year-old tiger who lives in the Neighborhood of Make Believe with his family and friends: O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday. Daniel speaks directly to the audience, drawing children in to share in his challenges and successes as he navigates difficult feelings like jealousy, sadness and frustration and practises being kind, helpful and caring while having lots of fun and singing songs along the way.
The Snail and The Whale
Age: FPB: A
The Snail And The Whale follows the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and hitches a ride on the tail of a huge humpback whale. It’s a joyous, empowering tale about our wonderful world and discovering that however small you are, you can make a difference.
Where’s Waldo? S1
Age: FPB: A | Common Sense Media: 5+
You may know him as Wally, but you’ll definitely recognise Waldo in his stripy red and white jersey and bobble hat, probably from the hours you’ve spent hunting for him in the picture books and puzzles inspired by this iconic cartoon.
Where’s Waldo? follows two young members of the WorldWide Wanderer Society on exciting missions around the globe as they explore the wonderful cultures and countries of our world. Waldo and Wenda are sent on their adventures by their mentor, Wizard Whitebeard, and while they have plenty of fun, their rival, Odlulu, is never far away, trying to cause trouble and to stop them from earning their stripes and becoming wizard-level wanderers.
Plus, there are awesome “Where’s Waldo?” moments, where you’ll get to search a scene full of those maddening red and white stripes to find our hero.
Cleopatra in Space S1
Age: FPB: PGV
In this brand-new series based on the graphic novels by Mike Maihack, ancient Egyptian Princess Cleo longs for adventure, but all her father’s talk of duty and responsibility makes ruling Egypt sound, well… boring. Then Cleo is transported 30 000 years into the future, where she ends up getting chased by killer robots, escaping on a spaceship, and discovering a planet ruled by talking cats. Oh, and finding out she’s meant to save the world.
To prepare for her destiny, Cleo is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys and deal with the ups and downs of being a teenager in high school, all while trying to figure out how to get back home to Egypt.
Star Wars Resistance S1
Age: FPB: PGV | Common Sense Media: 7+
In this animated prequel to The Force Awakens, Kazuda Xiono, aka Kaz, a young pilot for the Resistance, is tasked with a top-secret mission to investigate the First Order, a growing threat in the galaxy.
Focussing on the young fighter pilot, his new-found friends and mentor Jarek, Star Wars Resistance goes easy on the violence in favour of thrilling chase sequences and aerial antics.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
Age: FPB: PG | Common Sense Media: 6+
It’s been 5 years since everything was awesome and the citizens of Bricksburg – or should we say, Apocalypseburg? – are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.
Coming to Showmax on 29 March 2020, The LEGO Movie sequel brings all our favourite heroes back to save their beloved city in a new action-packed adventure. Their quest will take them to unexplored (and occasionally musical) worlds, testing their courage, creativity and loyalty. And be warned, the new earworm is even more “catchy” than Everything Is Awesome.
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