Old Enough!

Old Enough!

A bite-sized show about toddlers going on errands and growing up before your eyes

The Very Best

8.5

TV Show

Japan
Japanese
Documentary, Family, Kids, Reality
2011
20 min

TLDR

This is how to instill confidence in children and anxiety in adults.

What it's about

Toddlers go on errands for the first time without their parents or guardians. In later episodes, we also see the children many years later all grown up.

The take

There’s a lot more to this show than what it packages itself as, which is a cute little show shot in the ‘90s/2000s about capable toddlers. We can assume the kids are safe and have adults offscreen with them, but anxious ol' me has too many questions (e.g. How many more guardians are there besides cameramen? This isn’t a nature docu, so do the cameramen step in a lot?) The flash forwards in later episodes are a warm and welcome wrinkle to the show that deepens a distant nostalgia into an instant connection with these people. This show maximizes its short runtime by packing cuteness, tension, and fascination, and even finding a way to hit you in the feels.

What stands out

... Is this a nature docu?

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