Fig the fox, shown during the standard "Finding Place" opening sequence that begins every episode.
Once the animator of the silly animated segments on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, Drew Hodges, is now making one of the highest-quality children’s programs today. One of the first children’s programs produced as an Amazon Original Series, Tumble Leaf is now in its third season.
If you want to learn more about the Bix Pix studio, they have a Tumble Leaf feature page for how Tumble Leaf was developed. It also walks readers through their process for producing each stop-motion animated show.
I enlisted my 4-year-old daughter to point out these favorite episodes.
- S01:E02 - Fig Flies A Kite; Missing Muffin Filled with clever visual perspective tricks.
- S01:E09 - Woohoo Kazoo!; Hide and Seek Fig and Maple play kazoo and have to find a concert despite heavy fog.
- S02:E05 - Stick is Sick / Things That Go Gourd In The Night A noisy beetle concert and sleep-dancing Gourd.
- S02:E08 - Yak Wash / The Caterpillar Wing Ding Mysterious stinky dust and caterpillar traditions.
- S03:E03 - Look Up And Play/To The Moon A visit to the tumble park and Maple turns her sub into a spaceship.
- S03:E09 - Nothing In The Finding Place/Finding Play What do you do, when you don’t know what to do?
Tumble Leaf is a sweet show that, so far, has no political agenda underlying the storylines. The lead characters recognize obstacles and workout solutions to their problems. The show is good-natured and very appealing to the eye.
Several children I know, my own and in other families, watch this show over and over. With three seasons out, there is a lot of great material to enjoy.