Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (simplified Chinese: 你好, 凯兰; traditional Chinese: 你好，凱蘭; pinyin: Nǐ hǎo, Kǎi Lán!; Hello, Kai-Lan) is an American animated children's television series which premiered on Treehouse on November 5, 2007, Nickelodeon (via Nick Jr. block) on February 11, 2008, and on Noggin (now Nick Jr.) on December 15, 2008. The finale, Journey to Monkey King Castle was aired on the Nick Jr. Channel on August 4, 2011, nearly a year after season 2 ended with Princess Kai-Lan.
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan is based on the childhood memories of the show's creator Karen Chau growing up in a bicultural (Chinese-American) household. “Ni hao” means “Hello” in Mandarin, and Kai-Lan is the Chinese name Chau was given at birth, which was later anglicized to Karen. It was also based on the classic short series Downward Doghouse, which aired on Nick Jr in around 2004.
A six-year-old girl named Kai-lan, who invites friends at her home to share in the colorful interplay of Chinese and American cultures, as well as the Mandarin language, through interactive exercises and magical stories.
為什麼它會搖滾 (Why It Rocks)
- Cute, colorful and charming anime-like designs.
- Incredibly adorable songs, especially the theme song.
- It's supportive to the Chinese culture.
- For a preschool show, it's not afraid to talk about issues such as anger, making mistakes, helping hurt, etc.
- Likable and adorable characters like Kai-Lan, Rintoo, Tolee, and Hoho.
- It gives us a glimpses into the lives of Chinese-American children and their cultural differences, as well as fostering a respect for those differences.
- It introduces Chinese to those who aren't familiar with the language.
- It has positive messages, like calming down, patience, and being nice to your friends.
- Really cute voice acting, as the cast they used for the main characters was entirely of child actors.
- The first Nick Jr. show to be Asian-themed (and the second animated Viacom show after Avatar: The Last Airbender). This is because the show's creator is Asian.
- If you watch the Chinese dub, you will get a full Chinese experience.
劣質 (Bad Qualities)
- It didn't give too many Chinese lessons as it teaches little Chinese. This is due to the show introducing Chinese culture to anyone who hasn't heard about the culture.
- Much like Dora, Kai-Lan's constant fourth wall breaking can be considered annoying by some fans, older kids and adults, since she often stays silent for several seconds in order to leave time for the kid viewer to reply.
- It is occasionally mean-spirited when the problems involve the characters throwing temper tantrums.
- This is the last Nick Jr. show to use the Nick Jr. Productions logo, as all future Nick Jr. shows use the Nickelodeon logo instead.