Friday, September 18, 2009

Giveaway: 'The Zula Patrol' DVDs and passes

If anyone still thinks the moon is made of cheese, the wacky aliens from "The Zula Patrol" will set them straight -- complete with an Elvis impersonation from a moon rock itself.

"The Zula Patrol" is an animated series airing on both NBC (as part of qubo) and public television stations that features a menagerie of curious creatures who explore the universe and explain to kids such space-related questions as what the moon is made of, why moons orbit planets and just how many are in our solar system.

And that's just on one DVD -- "The Zula Patrol: Moons Mayhem," which hit shelves Aug. 25.

There's even an online site,, featuring a virtual Zula world and games. (Note: This site is geared more toward kids ages 6-10, whereas the DVDs are for children ages 4 and older.)

The cast of characters includes Capt. Bula, Professor Multo (who has his own Multo Moment minisode), space pilot Zeeter, space pet Gorga (who shoots unexpected yet helpful objects out of his nose -- apparently you can teach space dogs new tricks) and twin flying explorers Wizzy and Wigg.

What adds to the fun, probably more for grown-ups, is the show's tip of the hat to vintage space shows with an Announcer Voice Guy and the jaunty jingle-style theme song.

The episodes are wonderfully animated and make science fun and kinda goofy. I mean, who's ever heard of a Were-Mouse? But the characters offer real scientific information in an entertaining way -- meaning you don't snooze while they're telling you why some animals such as frogs or butterflies change completely from babyhood to adulthood. (Those episodes show up in "The Zula Patrol: Animal Adventures in Space," which arrived in stores in June.)

In fact, the episode "Larva or Leave Me" even inspired CC to shout out "Metamorphosis!" and "Cocoon!"

That beats a grasshopper shedding its skin any day of the week.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

* I'm giving away a two-DVD set of "Moons Mayhem" and "Animal Adventures in Space."

* I'm also giving away 10 one-month VIP memberships to

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite space character from film, live-action TV or animated TV.

I'll choose 1 DVD set winner and 10 winners on Friday, Sept. 25.

Good luck, and may the force be with you! (Yeah, I went there.)


Pokie said...

Alf - do I really need to say more?

L.A. Story said...

Ha! I forgot about Alf! Good one. :)

Allison Van Dusen said...

Is it too late? I always liked "Pigggggssss in spacccceeeeee!" I miss the Muppet Show.

L.A. Story said...

Not too late, Allison! Thanks for playing. You won the VIP membership. Just send your email deets to, and I'll get you the code!

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