Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beatles for a New Generation - Beat Bugs on Netflix

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I recently discovered a new show on Netflix for kids called Beat Bugs, and for some strange reason I haven't heard much 'buzz' (haha get it?) about this awesome show online. I thought I would add my thoughts to the dialogue because it's given me a much needed reprieve from Paw Patrol, and if I can do anything to help out other parents stuck in the 'no job is too big, no pup is too small!' loop, my life is complete.

Full disclosure, I used to work with the guy who is the voice of Walter the slug in Beat Bugs (Charles Demers), but we don't talk and I'm not even sure he remembers me, so this isn't a massive promo for a friend. I'm mentioning it because I heard about the show through his social media, and I am so happy I did.

Beat Bugs is a super slick looking cartoon about a group of bugs and the adventures they get into. Somehow they manage to work in the lyrics of Beatles songs into each story line, and if you are a Beatles fan you can easily anticipate which song is coming up by paying attention to the plot.

It's so nice to be able to watch a musical cartoon with really good music that most of us already know. I found myself singing along, and it made my son pay more attention because he was like "How the hell does mom know this already?!". At least that's what the expression on his face looked like he was thinking.

The songs are not the Beatles originals, rather they have massive names like P!nk and Chris Cornell covering the tunes for every episode. While different, the versions are not a complete departure from the original tracks, keeping the general feeling and melody of the song, so if your kids were to one day hear the Beatles version they would totally know it.

Beat Bugs is partially produced in Canada, and I really believe really good quality local productions are totally worth supporting. Especially when the success of this could lead into more work for Canadians. Even if you are not a parent, or your kids are older, you can get some enjoyment out of this series: Classic music, great animation, and local talent. And to top it all off my son will sit down and watch an episode of Beat Bugs rather than Paw Patrol! Now if that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is.

Check out Beat Bugs on Netflix!
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1 comment:

  1. I'll jump on any opportunity to support the Canadian television production industry and the many people who depend on it for their livelihood! Also, The Beatles!!! <3 This sounds like a no brainer to me!