After suffering through the relatively minor inconvenience of living without electricity for a week after Hurricane Sandy, I was interested to learn that one of the best live-action preschool shows, Imagination Movers, was almost permanently derailed by Hurricane Katrina. The more I learn about the show’s four stars—who encourage preschoolers to brainstorm—the more I want them to be a part of my child’s life.
|Left to right: Durbin, Poche, Collins,|
and Smith on the set of their show.
The dream was almost washed away with Hurricane Katrina when all the band members (except Smitty) lost their homes as well as the band’s office in the flood. When they got back on their feet, they put the band back together. After being hired to create short music videos, Walt Disney Records sponsored their first nationally-released CD, “Juice Box Heroes.” Now they star in the half-hour show that’s The Monkees for the preschool set.
|Wendy Calio plays Nina, seen here|
with Warehouse Mouse.
There’s a sweetness here that’s hard to beat and I think Durbin truly realized his dream: these guys are GREAT role models for kids. They’re energetic; stick by their friends (like next-door neighbor Nina played by Wendy Calio who provides a female voice to the show); and they never give up until the problems are solved. And they end each show with a rockin’ musical number of their own creation. Parents will enjoy the stream of recognizable extras who appear on every show. Everybody seems to want to be a part of this wonderful show, and who can blame them? It’s a wonderful and worthy show. BUT, it has nonetheless been cancelled, so when the present season runs out, there will be no more new shows. This is a shame, but luckily this show can live on in reruns and The Imagination Movers continue to perform in live venues across the country.