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Numberblocks is a British children's CGI-animated TV series. It debuted on CBeebies on 23 January 2017. It is produced by Blue-Zoo Productions and Alphablocks, the studios that also produced Alphablocks. The show teaches children numeracy including simple arithmetic.
In 2017, the show was nominated for a BAFTA award in the "Learning" category.
Why It Can Be Counted On
- It is very educational, as it teaches kids math and basic arithmetic lessons.
- Most of the Numberblocks in the show are likeable.
- The character designs are cute, especially One's.
- Impressive and amazing 3D animation for its time, especially from Season 3 onwards.
- Very colorful and beautiful visuals.
- The show is funny, bright, and fun to watch.
- Hilarious jokes, especially coming from Three's juggling acts.
- The songs used in the series are catchy and helpful for developing children, like "Figure It Out", "Numberblocks Express" and "What's the Difference".
- The Season 6 finale More to Explore and the Season 8 finale "100 Ways to Leave the Planet" actually felt like one, unlike most educational cartoons.
- Pays homage to real-life media, such as Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
- Great and wonderful voice acting.
- The theme song is awesome and catchy.
- Several memorable lines, such as:
- "Octoblock, pose! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8! CHEEEEEEEEEEESE!!!!"
- "Like 97,104!"
- "My super-speedy, two four six eight NUUUH-- Impossible to count number of rays and away!"
- It would also inspire people to make their own Numberblock OCs, Numberblock fan shows (like NumberFanagram) and Numberblock humans, that is a similar way to how Battle for Dream Island inspires people to make their own object shows and object OCs.
- The earlier episodes have a lot of visual errors.
- It may be trying way too hard to be hip and cool, such as in "Thirteen" where Thirteen says "Owo!"
- To add more salt on the wound, the aforementioned "Owo!" line mentioned by Thirteen might possibly be furry pandering.
- Some of the characters look too uncanny for a preschool show, especially Zero.
- The beginning was mediocre because of only one Numberblock.
- Three and Eighteen can be unlikable at times.
- Despite it being a niche audience show, there's some innuendos that are not appropriate for children:
- In "Blockzilla", when Three says "It wants to munch us, crunch us, and gobble us up!", it is a metaphor for vore.
- In "Land of the Giants", Forty looks like a middle finger when forming from Thirty and Ten.
- In "Thirteen", after Thirteen sings the lyrics "Jump through a hoop", you might think that he will intentionally say "And step in the poop", but he actually said "And step in the puddle".
- During some episodes with several parts containing three Sixes in a row, their Numberlings make the devil's number (666).
- Some of them, such as Thirty-Three and Thirty-Four, have yet to be figured out. Thankfully, people have been making up concepts for their designs.
- While the CGI animation is great, there are times where it can look lazy and weird in the earlier episodes, like this scene in "How to Count" for example.
- The concept started in 2016, featuring only One and Two. The designs were changed in order not to give children potential nightmares.
- With the exception of One, all characters that are square numbers have square-shaped eyes.