Anything that gets kids interested in science is a good thing.
So it was a delight to receive Lionsgate’s “Wallace & Gormit’s World of Invention.” The six-episode series stars the Oscar-winning British animated duo (“The Wrong Trousers,” “A Close Shave”) in set-up sequences for real-life inventors and the fruits of their labors.
Wallace is quite the inventor himself, of course, so his creations appear, too. And somehow, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his LAB robot in the “Home Sweet Home” episode bears a passing resemblance to a Dalek from “Doctor Who.”
Of course, I’d be happiest if it were just a show about Wallace & Gromit and their adventures, but I suppose that’s what their theatrical endeavors are for.
So instead we get this pleasant little romp through the world of science and some real-life “cracking contraptions.”
In the “Home Sweet Home” episode, for example, we meet Tony Sale, the creator of one of the first walking robots, George, back in the 1940s. There’s also William Kankwamba, who schooled himself and provided his village in Malawi with windmill-generated electricity when he was 14. And Sheridan Parson meets the collector of one of the coolest inventions I’ve seen: an alarm clock that brews a pot of hot tea. They were called Teasmades and fell out of favor in the ’80s. Those sequences are narrated by Ashley Jensen.
Science Correspondent Jem Stansfield also introduces us to a refrigerator originally designed by Albert Einstein.
And don’t forget the beer-launching refrigerator. (This isn’t your standard American kid show.)
All in all, it’s a fun little show. Wallace & Gromit fans young and old get a bit of a fix, and kids get to see stuff you don’t see on everyday science shows.
So when’s the cheese episode?