‘Annebots,’ Mostly Garbage

/ Apr 23, 2013

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We ranked it:

D

In the children’s show Annebots, Anne explores the world through science with her jet-packing pigeon and three robots — one a very large claw, another quite creepy in an uncanny valley way. Her junkyard experiments cause big explosions, and one such explosion catches the attention of Nick, the new kid on the block.

After proving himself to Anne through a series of trials, which culminates in humans being better than androids because they can buy vinegar from the store, Nick joins the gang and they explode some more things and play with large pieces of scrap metal. This is all done unsupervised, with no parental guidance.

While it’s certainly true many children’s shows don’t make sense, depicting two children having fun with explosive material in a junkyard, unsupervised, goes beyond that into imbecile what-were-you-thinking-when-you-heard-this-pitch territory. Where are Anne’s parents?

I actually have many questions about this show, like, do Nick and Anne only experiment in the junkyard, or do they also go on adventures with their robot/pigeon entourage? Is this supposed to be a science show? The only scientific factoid I learned from the pilot wasn’t really science, more a thrifty tip: that vinegar is cheap and “the best cleaner.”

The animation in Annebots has a scrawny style I find weird, but the voice-overs are believable, the opening intro is passably cool and the writing is somewhat entertaining. The filmed live action segment looks better, but that doesn’t matter if the takeaway from this show is kids thinking mixing household items in a bucket to cause explosions unsupervised is a fun idea.

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