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Ruby Skye P.I.

Ruby Skye P.I.

Fall 2011 Website
Ages: 8 - 14 yrs.
Contributions From: Madison Cheeatow
Director: Kelly Harms
Producer: Jill Golick
Producer: Kerry Young

Move over Scooby Doo and Harriet the Spy. Ruby Skye PI is the new girl in town, and she’s out to solve mysteries in cyber style. This clever, quirky and slickly produced Canadian digital series is fun to watch and will keep viewers on the edge of the computer chair. Ruby (Madison Cheeatow) has a nose for mysteries and knack for trouble, and she has help from little sis Hailey (Marlee Maslowe) and best friend Griffin (Kevin Gutierrez). Each Ruby episode is about five minutes long, with the site offering 12 webisodes which, like the serial mystery stories of yesteryear, keep kids wanting for more. Parents will be happy to know that the kids are realistic and resourceful and not just a mini-fashion or marketing tool stereotype. One major drawback of the site, however, is that the main attraction is simply watching the videos. The interaction for the site is more passive than most, with few games or opportunities to be involved. Still, Ruby does offer some "homework" with fun and easy recipes, character bios and some really good tips for staying safe online. Players can leave messages for Ruby on the site and follow her exploits on Facebook and Twitter. Plans for a new 12-part story arc, Ruby Skye P.I.: The Haunted Library, are reportedly in production.

Laura Fries   ©2011 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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