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Animator and His Toddler Create an Adorable Series, GNOMS

Parents are always looking for cool and creative ways to share their interests with their kids, and one animator named Brendan Deboy took that desire to the next level. He teamed up with his toddler daughter, Avalie, to create one of the most adorable and creative kids cartoons that I’ve seen in a while. The show is called Gnoms (intentionally misspelled), and follows the life of adorable gnomes and some of the crazy creatures that live around them like brightly colored worms, “seatubes” (as he calls them), bears, and walruses. Brendan creates the animation and Avalie lends her adorable voice to the gnome characters.

While there are only two episodes in the show, both of them are adorable. The first episode follows a gnome called Red who meets a sleeping bear along their way home. Despite Red’s best efforts to not wake the bear, a handful of brightly colored worms (earthtubes?) pop out from the ground and use their synthesizer-created voices, and a drum beat that is pretty impressive for an armless creature to pull off, to start quite a stir–and ultimately a pretty impressive, forest-wide dance party. The second episode follows gnome Light Blue, who catches a fish and then has to deal with a jealous seatube and walrus crashing into their home, making a mess, and ultimately eating the fish. Don’t worry, though: the walrus and seatube ultimately help Light Blue clean up, and replace the eaten fish.

If you’ve ever spent any time watching a kid or have a child of your own, you know there is a lot of crap out there in the world of children’s television. Gnoms breaks out of the pack by not only being adorable and kid-friendly, but it’s something that adults like, too. When Deboy asked Reddit their thoughts about Gnoms, he received all sorts of positive feedback from the encouraging “pitch this to Netflix”, to comparisons to Wes Anderson, and the greatest of Internet praise: “I’d watch this while I was high.”

Despite all the encouragement, there are still only two episodes. Hopefully Brendan and Avalie are in the process of making more episodes, but for now we’ll just have to watch the adorable adventures of Red and Light Blue over and over again.

What do you think of Gnoms? Do you think it’s a kids show you’d actually enjoy watching? What adventures would you like to see the gnomes have next? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Image credit: YouTube/Brendan Deboy

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