Check out CBC’s new children’s animated video series: Ollie! The Boy Who Became What He Ate. Your kids will love it.
Ollie! is the story of a young boy who is a very picky eater, and for whom every meal is an adventure. Each time he reluctantly tries a new food he ultimately becomes what he eats, and is emboldened with the powers of that particular food. We’re hoping that for all your parents out there this offers some encouragement for your little ones to broaden their food interests.
The premise, as described by CBC is as follows: Ollie is a 6-year-old with a massive imagination, often lost in his own world — flipping, sliding, climbing and rocket-blasting through the house, practicing at being the master of all things. But even masters need to stop and refuel. When meals or snack time interrupt Ollie’s play, he finds himself confronted with the real challenge of childhood: trying new food. To escape his predicament, Ollie uses his magic spoon to transport himself, along with his sister Poppy, and her stuffy Nummy, to a food planet filled with adventure and the very food Ollie stuck his spoon into.
But life on the food planet is much more dangerous and exciting than life on Earth, populated by strange little creatures, called Nummlings. There, Ollie finds himself in outrageous, hilarious and impossible situations, which he can only survive and outwit by — you guessed it — eating the food at hand and gaining its superpowers.
Each action-packed episode of Ollie! The Boy Who Became What He Ate promotes the trying of new and healthy foods. Every meal is an adventure, as the spunky and spirited Ollie becomes what he eats, saving the day with the wacky oddball superpowers he’s received from the new food he’s tried.
The program launched in February and has posted 13 chapters as part of season 1. All episodes can be seen here. The show was produced in conjunction with Radical Sheep, an award-winning team that has produced several other children’s series.
The show, aimed at 3 – 6-year-olds, is educational and very entertaining. We’re hoping it will encourage families to adopt a healthier diet and to eat more berries. Our favorite episode is Ninja Berries. Of course.