The Why Why Family
The Why Why Family (Les Kikekoi in French) is a 1996, French, mainly educational (or edutainment) animated television series. It was co-created by Natalie Altmann and Vincent Chavlon-Demersay, and co-produced by Saban Entertainment, and Saban International Paris.
Each segment revolves around an inquisitive baby boy named Victor, and his family, who take him on unconventional field trips to give demonstrations while explaining about the ways things work, and why they work the way they do. Each of Victor's family members is well-versed in a different subject (or subjects) of their expertise and some are accompanied by their pets: His father, Max (technology and electronics); mother, Vanilla and birds, Kwik and Kwak (botany and zoology); paternal grandmother, Eartha and dinosaur, Basalt (geography, geology, and meteorology); paternal uncles, Micro and Scopo (biology of the human body); and paternal grandfather, Matik and dog, Zygo (astronomy and the universe), who act as Victor's teachers. All while plenty of hijinks occurs and is to be had at the same time in the process.
Why It Rocks
- Although it is well-animated enough, the art style is reminiscent of the various 1930s, American cartoons. The colors have plenty of vividness.
- The segments are written in such a way that they're not too simple but also not too complicated for younger viewers to comprehend.
- There are a great many subjects that are covered, so this gives the show a lot of versatility.
- Because of the way the topics are handled, they make learning so much better and fun. They're all well-executed.
- The character designs in that vintage cartoon style are captured to a t.
- Many of the characters are likable, enjoyable to watch, and worthy.
- The theme song has a stupendously wacky feel to it, as do the themes of the individual segment series of each of the adult family members.
- The voice acting in the English dub sounds voiced well enough.
- Some funny lines of dialogue, especially from the pets.
- A lot of hilarious and silly moments.
- Victor's recap of everything he learned in each episode/segment at the end makes for a good refresher.
- Some may be annoyed by Victor's long, drawn-out crying out of the word "Why", at times when he wants to know about something.
- Some may find Kwik and Kwak annoying at times.