Review: ‘Charlie And Lola’ Ten

The tenth volume of Charlie and Lola episodes has hit the US, containing nine episodes from the third series of the popular animated show. Charlie and Lola is a fun filled and imaginative animated series for young children. It focuses on the relationship between and older brother and younger sister, Charlie and Lola Sonner, and tells the story of how they handle the little issues that they, as young children, encounter every day. Originally created as a series of books by Lauren Child, the animated series is unique in a number of ways, chiefly by its use of child voice actors in the roles of all the characters. Another creative aspect of the show is that the animations is create much like the books by employing 2D collage-style cel animation using paper cutout, fabric design, real textures, photomontage, and archive footage. The issues that the siblings and their friends face together and amongst each other are generally resolved in a understanding and realistic way. Usually this involves something creative and imaginative from Charlie, but Lola is often encouraged to come up with her own solutions.

Volume Ten contains the episodes “I Can’t Stop Hiccupping,” “I Am Completely Hearing and Also Listening,” “Our Shop Sells Everything,” “I’ve Got Nobody To Play With,” “Thunder Completely Does Not Scare Me,” “I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses,” “It Is Very Special and Extremely Ancient,” “But Marv is Absolutely Charlie’s Best Friend,” and “I Am Inventing a Usefulish Invention” and they are all presented in 16×9 Letterbox format and stereo sound. Other than animated menus, there aren’t any extras on this disc, but the episodes are really what your children will be interested in anyway. I encourage parents to watch this disc with their kids as it provides useful problem solving ideas that both adults and children can use in their everyday family life. You can get this disc right now from Amazon right here.