Amazon Is Streaming More Than 40 Children’s Shows, Including Arthur and Peppa Pig, for Free

PBS's Arthur has been teaching kids how to spell aardvark since the '90s.
PBS's Arthur has been teaching kids how to spell aardvark since the '90s.
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For all the parents who have recently found themselves playing the role of teacher—and for all the temporarily housebound kids, too—Amazon is making more than 40 children’s shows available for free.

Variety reports that the programs were once available only to Prime members, who pay $119 per year for access to free television series, movies, music, shipping privileges, photo storage, and a heap of other benefits. You’ll still need to set up an Amazon account to watch the newly complementary kids’ shows, but it won’t cost you anything.

The shows are a mix of entire Amazon original series like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Pete the Cat and select seasons of PBS classics like Arthur (season 10), Cyberchase (season 1), and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (seasons 1 and 2).

The collection varies by country: Lucky youngsters in Europe, for example, get to watch worldwide favorite Peppa Pig for free. Amazon has set up a landing page so you can see the full offering, organized into categories for preschoolers and kids from 6 to 11 years old.

Since many of the programs are educational, parents might feel a little better about letting their kids spend more time than usual in front of a screen. Amazon original Annedroids covers a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) themes, and PBS’s WordWorld teaches preschoolers how to form words. There are even a few episodes of LeVar Burton’s 1990s classic Reading Rainbow, in which celebrity guests narrate children’s books.

It’s not the only part of Amazon’s digital catalog now available for free. The technology conglomerate also released more than 80 family-friendly films through IMDb TV, including Scooby-Doo (2002), Stuart Little (1999), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989).

For other ways to keep your kids (and yourself) entertained during quarantine, check out Libby, the app that lets you download books, audiobooks, and more from your local library.

[h/t Variety]

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Wa Wa Wee Wa: The Origin of Borat's Favorite Catchphrase

Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
Wa wa wee wa! Sacha Baron Cohen is back in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020).
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When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was released in 2006, a new audience was exposed to Borat Sagdiyev, a “journalist” portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen who had made frequent appearances on the comedian’s Da Ali G Show.

Soon, in our country there was problem: People mimicked Borat’s catchphrases, "very nice" and “wa wa wee wa,” incessantly. The latter phrase was used to denote surprise or happiness on Borat’s part. While some may have assumed it was made up, it turns out that it actually means something.

Wa wa wee wa is Hebrew, which Cohen speaks throughout the film and which helped make Borat a hit in Israel. (Cohen is himself Jewish.) It was taken from an Israeli comedy show and is the equivalent of the word wow. Reportedly, the expression was popular among Israelis, and they appreciated Cohen’s use of it.

The original Borat also sees Cohen singing a popular Hebrew folk song, “Koom Bachur Atzel,” or “get up lazy boy,” among other Hebrew mentions. It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll be speaking in the sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It premieres on Amazon Prime Friday, October 23.

[h/t The Los Angeles Times]