Amazon Original Positively OZitively Adorable

/ Apr 23, 2013

VIS_PozOz

We ranked it: 

A+

Visually Positively Ozitively is quite generationally on point with its “social gaming” aesthetic. Not only do you feel like you’re watching a narrated “Farmville” but the captioning that accompanies the dialogue is reminiscent of a video game viewing experience.

The storyline, which follows Dot, Dorothy’s daughter, to Oz everyday as she visits with the children of the other beloved Wizard of Oz characters, taps into the fantasy-loving and whimsical minds of today’s tots.

Aside from the on-point narrative and top-notch animation, what sets Positively Ozitively apart is the educational takeaway. The lessons to be learned from Dot are also social — social queues, social etiquette and social awareness. Upon approaching her friend Little Boo, he inappropriately greets her with “Goodbye!” instead of “Hello!” — a social etiquette learning opportunity that would make the Good Witch of the North mighty proud.

As the story unfolds, we see that Dot’s character is sympathetic, empathetic, caring and thoughtful — she even wants to use the Magic Hat to get a present for her mother’s birthday! How sweet is that?! She helps Little Boo, who also has memory issues (as any Scarecrow’s son would!) create memory associations so he’s not so forgetful. (gush!)

The only problem with Positively OZitively (and this may have been an issue with Amazon’s video player) was that the animation went from 1D to 3D to what looked like first draft sketches. Maybe a glitch, maybe this reviewer’s own handicap, but hopefully a kink to be worked out.

Either way, this show is too cute to not get a greenlight!

 

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