When you’re a kid living in the suburbs, there’s usual a bit of nature to explore in the neighborhood. Sometimes it’s just a swampy spot that’s been preserved by city zoning. The bog isn’t so fun since most of the year it’s a giant mosquito breeding ground. But if you’re lucky, there’s a creek which keeps things flowing. You can poke around in the water and find minnows and crawfish. Or you can journey up or down the creek to see what lurks on either side. Craig of the Creek gets deep into the joy of being a kid in a suburb that haven’t been overdeveloped. Creators Matt Burnett and Ben Levin had worked as writers on Stephen Universe, they bring the charms found in their previous gig to a more backyard environment. Craig of the Creek: Itch to Explore! is the first 13 episodes of the series that debuted last March on the Cartoon Network.
Craig Williams (Philip Solomon) is a 10 year old kid who gets so adventuresome that he wants to find the long rumored part of the creek that exists deep in the woods near his suburban house. Joining him on his journey are Kelsey (Master of None‘s Noël Wells) and “J.P.” (H. Michael Croner). The trio surmount so many nightmares including poison ivy to find the precious water. The show really captures the strange things that can happen in the suburbs with other kids that are free to roam from ranch house to oak tree.
Here’s Josie’s review of the Craig of the Creek: Itch to Explore:
The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfer brings out the little details of suburban life. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0. The mix is good for the exploring scenes. The episodes are subtitled.
No bonus features.
Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video present Craig of the Creek: Itch to Explore. Created by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin. Starring: Philip Solomon, Noël Wells, H. Michael Croner & Phil LaMarr. Boxset Contents: 13 episodes on 1 DVD. Released: March 19, 2019.
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