The graphical rainforest here is from the PBS promo of its new televison show for toddlers: It’s a Big Big World. Snook, the “energetic tree stoth” who leads the activities has a funny name since sloth means lazy. There’s a lesson in there somewhere for the pre-K word-sponge stage.
The new program has caused the creation of new characters and graphics that are engaging and informative for the just-post-diapers set. Although the old medium of television was still the basis for the conception and building of the show, its characters and graphics have already crept into the new digital environment. The show’s website is interactive on a PC or laptop. Dance with Snook, for example, demonstrates dance steps with icon figures with toddler proportions. A keyboard of steps lets you make up a dance. The true meaning of sloth is still present in the slow download — but that is changing fast. What next? My thought would be that Snook is a perfect leader to guide graphics for the smallest mobile users into their phones so the children can keep these lessons handy in their pocket.