The Netflix Show You Need To Watch Before It Leaves In July 2016
Everyone take a few deep breaths, because your minds are about to be blown. If there is any one show on Netflix you need to watch before it leaves in July, then it's the short-lived PBS educational series Zoboomafoo. See? You either just went, "OMG, so true!" or, "WTF are you talking about, Jordana?" Zoboomafoo was the best show gracing Netflix for a while. Now, some of you might be scratching your head and wondering how I can say that when there are shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Chef's Kitchen on the streaming service as well. Stay with me, guys. Zoboomafoo, though a children's show, is also interesting and informative for adults. If you haven't already watched it, then you need to. And if you have watched it, you need to watch it again, because it's on its way out.
Zoboomafoo was a nature show starring two brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, who appeared to live in a really cool cottage in the jungle called "Animal Junction." On their home turf, the rules of the wild don't come into play and all sorts of wild animals come visit, no matter where they were actually from. One such animal is their lemur bestie, Zoboomafoo, who, at a friendly holler of his name, would come swinging through the jungle (live action). They would then have some lemur-friendly snacks, which would turn him into a talking lemur (puppet), and he would chat about cool animals he met in the wild.
The show has some really fun segments that were informative for youngsters in the late '90s and early '00s — and still are. For example, after Zoboomafoo's hearty snack, he would go into a description of an animal he found, and the brothers would have to guess which animal it was. This segment would sort out the theme of the day, which would lead to all sorts of interesting adventures. These adventures would include some sort of adorable animal rolling up, or a letter (delivered by bird, obviously) asking for tips on how to care for animals, and even journeys to far-off countries to visit animals in their homes.
There are all sorts of funny gags that made the show interesting, like the brothers' completely disorganized closet, which they would head to prep for adventures. An avalanche of junk would fall on them every time, and I don't care how old I am; slapstick is always funny. There's also a more fanciful segment called "Zobooland," in which Zoboomafoo talks about his homeland and the imaginary animals there — the beautiful claymation in this segment is worth the entire show. And don't even get me started on all the animal puns, because we'll be here all day.
Another reason to watch Zoboomafoo before it leaves Netflix is to honor the memory of the title character. The Coquerel sifaka "actor" who plays him in live action form died in 2014 of kidney damage at the age of 20. His name was Jovian, and he lived in the Duke Lemur Center, which is also where a lot of the show was shot.
Now that you've (probably) finished Season 4 of Orange is the New Black, it's the perfect time to watch something light and informative that will give you the warm and fuzzies. Like, you know, Zoboomafoo.