Kid’s Town Series

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With the amount of time we spend online, many consider them to be the entertainment of the future. Here at TheSkyKid.com we have already featured Alec in WILDerland – a reality themed show devoted to exploring the outdoors.

Today I want to introduce Kid’s Town, a Canadian family-friendly web series that follows the adventures of 12-year-old Brian Russell (David Knoll) who, with his father, moves to a new town. New friendships, challenges, dealing with bullies and peer pressure are just a few of the universal teenage experiences that are addressed in the series. Thanks to the producer of the show, I had the opportunity to preview the first six episodes (available for streaming on demand at the Kid’s Town website — see link at the end of this review).

But first things first…

I was impressed with the overall production quality of the series: the camerawork and editing are on a par with some of the big budgeted Disney productions, which is a real achievement for a series that is partly financed through an Indigogo crowd sourced campaign.

The second most impressive thing about Kid’s Town are the performances of the youthful cast.  Take David Knoll’s performance as Brian as an example.  The scenes in which he recalls his encounters at the new town and reflects on the impact of the events he goes through are top notch. Additionally, his voice has a really intriguing timber, which further enhances the appeal and the genuineness of his character.  

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For the sake of objectivity, I must admit that some of the episodes I have seen left me wanting for less predictability within the narratives. I know the idea is to keep the teenage experiences portrayed in the series as true as possible to those teenagers face in the real life.  But I believe that if more elements of surprise and suspense were introduced into the series, the audience’s enjoyment level would vastly improve. Having enjoyed the first person narrative of David Knoll’s character, I find myself wishing that the other members were given more of an opportunity to develop their characters who, in most cases, appear one dimensional and flat. With the talent the young actors exhibit, it’s up to the director and screenwriter to provide better character development throughout the production.

The screen duration of each episode is between twelve and fourteen minutes – a good choice that keeps in mind the attention span of pre-teen and teen audiences (likely the audience targeted for Kid’s Town). The length of the episodes gives them the appeal of a short film, which made me recall the not-for-profit production house Sterling Productions and some of their films such as Emmet, Swim Zack Swim and Clear Cut that I have seen and reviewed at TheSkyKid.com.

As mentioned at the outset of this review, the Kid’s Town series is family-friendly and therefore appropriate for all ages. The team behind the series is really active on the social media and they’ve attained the support of many young entertainers (singers, actors) and their promoters.

Kid’s Town Official Trailer

 

Kid`s Town Official Web Site 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Georgi,

    Thanks for reviewing our new web series, Kid’s Town. We just wanted to respond to your comments about predictability and character development.

    Keep in mind, that you have screened six episodes of our first half season. Six more will be released in a few weeks and we hope to be back before the cameras later this fall to finish season one. Unlike a movie or short film, a series with an indefinite run has the luxury of unpacking the story and characters gradually. We consider our first twelve episodes to be our “pilot” and by the time you get to the end of the first half of the season, I think you will see the rest of the principal characters developed and less typical situations for our characters to resolve.

    The challenge with a cast this large is that it takes a long time to properly develop the characters. We hope that as the episodes are released that you will continue to watch and comment as we value your input!

    We love hearing from our audience and reviewers as we enjoy and appreciate the interactivity of these types of discussions. It’s all in the best interest of the people of Bailey’s Path
    :-)

    Jeff Knoll
    Executive Producer
    Kid’s Town Productions Inc.

    • Hi Jeff,

      I see a lot of potential for Kid’s Town. In fact, if you keep the policy of staying in touch with young entertainers that I mentioned and establish a level of interactivity for the series, I can see them helping to publicize Kid’s Town and leading their fan bases to view it.

      At the same time, in all my reviews I try to give an honest opinion – and I don’t shy from pointing out things that could be improved.

      I mention things that have really impressed me – like the performance of David Knoll and the first person narrative scenes that I consider a really effective way to get into the mind of the character (even associating with his hopes and worries/either because of recent real life experiences or nostalgic memories).

      I thank you for the opportunity to review the first six episodes of the series and my wish for the readers of the site is that they see them too so that they can form their own opinions.

      Georgi

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