DOUNG UNPLUGS SYNOPSIS:
Based on the critically acclaimed children’s book by Dan Yaccarino, DreamWorks “Doug Unplugs” follows a curious six-year-old robot, Doug, as he ‘plugs in’ to learn new facts about the world every day. Sensing there’s more to life than just the facts, Doug journeys into the human world in search of experience. And to do that, Doug has to…unplug. With the help of his best friend, a human ball of energy, Emma, the two discover all the simple wonders of the world. Join Doug as he learns about the intersection of technology and humanity, and how they both keep us truly connected!
Doug Unplugs Review
As you all know most of our reviews that are family oriented we like to ask our kids for their opinion on what they think of the film or show. We watched Doug Unplugs with our eight year old and five year old. If you are new here just a little recap Geo who is our oldest has Autism and ADHD, so for him to be captivated into a series it needs to be good!
We asked the kids a couple of questions on the series and these were their responses.
Q: What was your favorite thing about Doug Unplugs?
G: I really enjoyed some of the music on the show, I like singing and learning, I like when I can remember a song.
S: Learning new things with Doug I like when he plugs in, I wish I could do that but I learn something new every time I see Doug.
Q: Who was your favorite character?
G: Emma was my favorite character, she reminds me a lot of me. She likes to help Doug and I like helping people as well.
S: Doug was my favorite, I like how he knows everything when he plugs in I want to know everything as well.
Q: What is one thing interesting you learned from Doug Unplugs?
G: Watching the nature episode was fun! I learned a lot about other animals, which was great because I also have a pet!
S: The bicycles I liked learning about the bicycles because I want one for Christmas!
Q: If you could ask Doug to plug in to learn something what would it be?
G: Why are our bodies made up of so much water?? Why does my brain act differently than other kids, why does Autism happen?
S: I want to know if there are other animals out there in the ocean that we don’t know about. When I go to the beach I wonder about what else lives out there.
As you can tell the boys were really intrigued by the show and loved the musical aspect. I love how the show really caters to the special needs community in a way that my kids can learn about things in a unique way. This is show is family friendly and great for everyone regardless of age.
Check out our interview with Aliki Theofilopoulos and Jim Nolan who are executive producers from the show.
Executive Producer Aliki Theofilopoulos
Her work is easily identified by her strong stories, engaging characters, dollop of heart, and unique brand of humor. After receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts from USC, Aliki launched her career animating on iconic Disney films including “Hercules” and “Tarzan” before moving into the world of television as a Story Artist, Writer, Director, and Executive Producer.
Disney entrusted Aliki to transition its “Descendants” characters into animation as an Executive-Producer and Director on the hit series “Descendants Wicked World.” She also spent several years working at Disney TV as a Story Artist.
Executive Producer Jim Nolan
He is an Emmy-nominated kids’ television writer currently serving as an executive producer on the new Apple+ series “Doug Unplugs”. His credits include writing and story editing shows for Nickelodeon, Netflix, Disney XD and HBO Max. He’s also developed shows for DreamWorks and Nickelodeon.
In addition to his television work, he’s written for the WNYC podcast “This Podcast Has Fleas” (starring Alec Baldwin and Jay Pharoah); written and designed ebooks and digital interactive experiences for Nickelodeon and Speakaboos; and participated as a writer and performer in over 30 pieces of theatre – staged everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to off-Broadway at The Laugh Factory and back. He currently lives in LA with his wife and son… a number that’ll grow by one come February!