Produced by French company Millimages and adapted from the work of Marc Boutavant, Mouk tells the story of Mouk and his friend Chavapa, who cycle around the world and visit a new country in each episode.
The art style follows the current ‘hand made’ trend, attempting to appear painted and avoiding any obvious digital stylings. While the characters heads can sometimes seem comically large, the character design draws from classic 60s golden book school of illustration, which is both charming and sufficiently unique.
While Mouk and Chavapar’s travels take them around the world, thankfully the writers steer clear of racial stereotypes and cliches. While each character is represented as an animal, the species is never really mentioned, there are little or no accents and Mouk and Chavapar are more likely to be invited to someone’s house for desert than to visit any cliched landmarks.
All this contributes to the show’s overarching humanist message that people are the same the world over. Rather than saying ‘everyone in India is a tiger and lives in the Taj Mahal’ (I’m looking at you, Wiggles). While the plot lines can sometimes be a bit trite, this is more than made up for in other areas.
4 out of 5 Big birds.