If there is one piece of animation that always puts a smile on my face, it’s Gorilla in the Greenhouse, a fun animation about Kijani, a wise green gorilla from the Congo basin and his four super eco San Francisco friends who get together to tackle environmental problems caused by the zany plans of Wormulus, a a power hungry worm.
The first episode known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about the north pacific gyre, a swirling current in the Pacific ocean that macerates pieces of plastic down to sizes small enough to be swallowed by marine animals. Not to mention endanger their health. Recently an environmentalist duo, Marcus and Joel, from Southern California, decided to sail across the Pacific Ocean on a junk raft made from plastic bottles and recycled sailboat masts to raise awareness about plastics polluting our oceans.
What I love about Gorilla in the Greenhouse is not just its great environmental message but also its ‘Jack Johnson’ like music (the music director is actually a great guy called Vir McCoy from Marin). The songs are so entirely addictive that I have actually made one of them, Bag the Bag (The Gyre Song) my cell phone ring tone!
If you have kids, then definitely get them to check out www.greengorilla.com not just to see the show but also to take a look at the great kids’ activities on the site. And for teachers, this great website for kids even includes a lesson plan that you can use as a tool for environmental education in your classroom.
I have embedded the first episode The Great Pacific Garbage Patch here. Check it out!