This week, we take a closer look at kids’ cartoon series, Supa Strikas, based on an African cartoon of the same name and available for streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube
Each month, MCC co-founder Sara Khaled selects a fun or educational TV show that has caught her eye; tried and tested by her four young children. This week, Sarah takes a look at Supa Strikas, a cartoon series about a soccer team, based on a popular African comic of the same name.
Show: Supa Strikas
The basic storyline follows the fortunes of the Supa Strikas soccer team, the “world’s greatest”, who are trying to win the Super League trophy while having global adventures en route. Supa Strikas find out about the roots of the game (from every soccer-playing nation worldwide), meet its greatest players (past and present) and try to get the better of scheming coaches and players. On the way they learn about sportsmanship, community, honesty and teamwork.
The lead striker, Shakes, has a rival “Skarra” who with his coach tries everything to sabotage the Strikas, who have to learn how to deal with adversity and different cultures as their quest takes them around the world. It has to be said that this is a male-orientated show – there are no female players – and it is inclined to show rather obvious stereotypes of males from different regions. However, those very facts can be subjects for discussion at home.
Originally produced by Strika Entertainment in South Africa, the franchise was bought by London-based Moonbug Entertainment in 2019. Episodes are around 22 minutes each, depending on the TV service streaming them.
Why we love it
- Families can talk about lessons to be learned from Supa Strikas about soccer. In what way is the team “the greatest”? Is it because of their talents or their morals?
- We can ask why there are no female players. Can women play football too? In which countries do they play?
- The programme sets up a discussion on national and cultural stereotypes. Should we pay them any attention? How did they become stereotypes in the first place? What if a stereotype is a positive one – is it wrong?
- As with many children’s TV shows, the goodies usually triumph and the baddies are trounced.
- The show emphasises the importance of communication, humility, integrity, perseverance and teamwork.
- The show attempts to show different nationalities and place them within the world of soccer.
Watch the trailer
About the author
Sara Khaled is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she lives with her husband and four young children, aged between 6 months and 10 years old. A public health graduate of King Saud University, Sara is a co-founder of Moon Community Club, and passionate advocate of causes that promote social development.
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