Esme (pronounced EZ-may) (Millie Davis) and her best monster friend Roy (Patrick McKenna) live in Monsterdale, and their monster sitting business is going well. When the pair’s all-purpose carrying case starts playing a jazzy Dixieland tune, Esme says ‘We’ve got a monster to watch!'”
Adulthood is supposed to be a Very Serious Thing.
I’m not sure who decided that but it seems to be the message that’s repeated over and over by the kind of people that think that just because you go to work, pay taxes, and maintain a loving relationship – all of which are very grown-up serious things (unless you’ve seen my boyfriend and I giggling like idiots over something silly in which, not always) – that absolutely every last part of your life must be grimly determined.
Sorry but no; I’m firmly of the opinion that letting your inner child off the leash as often as is practicable is a great way to not only keep a health lease on life but an important contributor to not letting all that serious stuff get you down.
As always, the solution to keeping your inner child happy is Sesame Street and the Sesame Workshop, who make the long-running, fabulously-creative educational show for children, are offering up another gem for adult-weary viewers.
Sure, it’s ostensibly for kids and they are going to LOVE it, but like pretty much everything the talented team at Sesame Workshop do, Esme & Roy has got a lot in it that appeals to adults too:
“Esme & Roy is the first new series developed by the Sesame Workshop in over a decade, and the elements that they bring to Sesame Street and the other shows they produce are there in spades. It’s a relatively quiet and slow-paced show, but with more than enough to hold kids and parents interest. And just like the rest of the SW’s shows, it doesn’t talk down to its audience.” (Decider)
It looks absolutely gorgeous too with each episode, as with Sesame Street, dedicated to teaching kids some important life lessons:
“The main purpose of E&R is to show how kids can learn and listen via play. In every episode, Esme usually has an idea to make a game out of the task that needs to be done. In fact, she generally comes up with a play idea that doesn’t work first, leading to a ‘Monster Meltdown’. After a song about calming down, she and Roy usually hit on the right game that gets the job done. So there’s a mindfulness element to the show, as well.” (Decider)
Of course if you like meatballs, anmd frankly who doesn’t, there’s plenty to, ahem, whet the appetite there too.
So sit down with your kids, or by yourself, and be reminded that for all the seriousness in the world, and there’s a lot right now, and in adulthood, that letting your inner child have some fun isn’t ever a bad thing.
Especially not with a show as charming as Esme & Roy which is currently screening on HBO.