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The new pre-school philosophy series that asks questions about the life and the world around us. Watch clips for kids and find prints out of Hugo and friends to colour in.

What's the Big Idea? Episodes

Why Do We Go To School?

What's The Big Idea? - Why Do We Go To School?

Pre-school animation. School is the place where Hugo can learn all kind of things, like counting and drawing, but it's also a place to meet friends.

20-05-2019

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What Does It Mean To Learn Something?

What's The Big Idea? - What Does It Mean To Learn Something?

Pre-school animation. Hugo discovers that sometimes you have to make lots of mistakes before you can learn something.

17-05-2019

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Why Do I Play?

What's The Big Idea? - Why Do I Play?

Pre-school animation. Hugo finds out what play is, and why kids love to do it. There are so many games to play, Hugo could play his whole life!

15-05-2019

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What Is Big?

What's The Big Idea? - What Is Big?

Pre-school animation. Hugo explores things that are big, from elephants to trees, to cities and planets.

13-05-2019

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What Does It Mean To Be Fair?

What's The Big Idea? - What Does It Mean To Be Fair?

Pre-school animation. When Hugo gives the same size cupcakes to his huge yeti friend and a tiny ant, the yeti is still hungry. Is that fair?

29-12-2018

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Sharing

What's The Big Idea? - Sharing

Pre-school animation. Felix and Lily show Hugo that it can be fun to share things, like a comic book, or an idea, or your time.

11-11-2018

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What Is Work?

What's The Big Idea? - What Is Work?

Pre-school animation. Felix and Lily tell Hugo about all different types of work, and Hugo gets to work on a busy construction site.

19-08-2018

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What Makes Me Human?

What's The Big Idea? - What Makes Me Human?

Pre-school animation. Hugo thinks he's human because he's got legs, ears, eyes, nose and mouth.

18-08-2018

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Can Anything Be Art?

What's The Big Idea? - Can Anything Be Art?

Pre-school animation. Hugo explores what art is by looking at all sorts of weird and wonderful paintings, sculptures and photos.

12-08-2018

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What Is Nature?

What's The Big Idea? - What Is Nature?

Pre-school animation. Hugo goes on a journey to discover that tiny flowers and huge elephants are part of nature.

11-08-2018

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Fear

What's The Big Idea? - Fear

Pre-school animation. Oscar is afraid of the naughty monkey, Hugo is afraid of the thunder, and everybody is afraid of a big spider.

29-07-2018

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Am I Kind?

What's The Big Idea? - Am I Kind?

Pre-school animation. Lily and Felix explain to Hugo all the different ways to be kind, like helping someone who is hurt and taking care of your pets.

29-07-2018

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What Is A Hero?

What's The Big Idea? - What Is A Hero?

Pre-school animation. Hugo learns that heroes are not just ones with superpowers - there are also heroes in real life.

06-07-2018

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Pets

What's The Big Idea? - Pets

Pre-school animation. Felix and Lily explain that pets are animals you love and take care of, but when a space robot wants to make Hugo his pet, Hugo's not so sure.

01-07-2018

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Truth

What's The Big Idea? - Truth

Pre-school animation. Hugo knows some things are true, but is his friend Oscar right that a giant dinosaur still walks the earth? Hugo tries to find the truth.

24-06-2018

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Beautiful

What's The Big Idea? - Beautiful

Pre-school animation. Hugo explores things that are beautiful, from flowers and rainbows to his cool new bike, learning that beautiful can be all kinds of things.

23-06-2018

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Anger

What's The Big Idea? - Anger

Pre-school animation. When a monkey steals Hugo's ice cream, Hugo can't help but feel all hot and bothered. Is this anger?

19-06-2018

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Home

What's The Big Idea? - Home

Pre-school animation. Hugo is worried about moving to a new home. Felix and Lily help him learn that a home is a place where you feel safe and spend time with your family.

18-06-2018

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Rules

What's The Big Idea? - Rules

Preschool animation. Hugo finds that rules are everywhere... but should Hugo always stick to the rules?

17-06-2018

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Others

What's The Big Idea? - Others

Pre-school animation. Hugo wants his friends to like him for his fancy tricks and his parents and teachers to be proud of him for his super smarts.

16-06-2018

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Advice

What's The Big Idea? - Advice

Pre-school animation. When the big, furry yeti convinces him to climb a huge mountain without even their winter jackets, Hugo learns that not all advice is good.

15-06-2018

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Decisions

What's The Big Idea? - Decisions

Pre-school animation. What's right? What's wrong? 2+2=4 is right, but is Hugo a little boy or a big boy? Sometimes it's hard to decide on the right answer.

14-06-2018

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Knowledge

What's The Big Idea? - Knowledge

Pre-school animation. When he wonders if his friend the elephant can fly, Hugo holds his very own experiment to find out.

13-06-2018

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Memory

What's The Big Idea? - Memory

Pre-school animation. Hugo learns that a brain is kind of like a computer, which can store lots of different thoughts that make him feel and remember all kinds of things.

12-06-2018

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Sad

What's The Big Idea? - Sad

Pre-school animation. Hugo's friend the yeti is so sad that he's crying his eyes out. Hugo doesn't know why, but tries to cheer him up by trying lots of things.

11-06-2018

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Is Everybody Different?

What's The Big Idea? - Is Everybody Different?

Pre-school animation. Hugo imagines a perfect world where every kid looks, thinks and acts exactly like him. But this gets pretty annoying fast.

08-06-2018

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Am I Always Thinking?

What's The Big Idea? - Am I Always Thinking?

Pre-school animation. Hugo always has something to think about, whether it's something important like remembering Mum's birthday or scoring a great goal.

07-06-2018

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Growing Up

What's The Big Idea? - Growing Up

Pre-school animation. Hugo is growing taller all the time. Growing up can be good so you can do exciting things like fly a plane!

13-05-2018

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Grown Ups

What's The Big Idea? - Grown Ups

Pre-school animation. Every kid becomes a grown up, even Hugo. But can grown-ups act like kids sometimes too?

06-05-2018

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Music

What's The Big Idea? - Music

Pre-school animation. Felix and Lily explain to Hugo that music is all kind of noises that people make on purpose.

29-04-2018

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Senses

What's The Big Idea? - Senses

Pre-school animation. Hugo explores all his senses, from hearing and smelling to tasting, touching and seeing.

28-04-2018

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Patience

What's The Big Idea? - Patience

Preschool animation. Hugo always has to wait... for his toast to toast, for his little sister to get ready, for the bus to come...

22-04-2018

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Clever

What's The Big Idea? - Clever

Preschool animation. Hugo knows lots of people who are clever, like his parents, his teacher, and his friend the scientist.

21-04-2018

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Mind

What's The Big Idea? - Mind

Pre-school animation. Hugo always has something on his mind, but what is a mind and where is it? Lily and Felix help him search for the answer.

15-04-2018

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Infinity

What's The Big Idea? - Infinity

Pre-school animation. The universe is so big, some say it's infinite. Hugo ventures out into space with his trusty robot friend to find out how big infinity really is.

14-04-2018

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Love

What's The Big Idea? - Love

Preschool animation. Hugo learns about love by looking at all the things and people around him, and how they make him feel.

30-03-2018

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Old

What's The Big Idea? - Old

Pre-school animation. Hugo wonders how many birthdays it is until you get old. Do you need to have a long white beard to be old, or is being old just a feeling in your head?

29-10-2017

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48. Compromise

What's The Big Idea? - 48. Compromise

23-08-2016

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48. Compromise

What's The Big Idea? - 48. Compromise

23-08-2016

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48. Compromise

What's The Big Idea? - 48. Compromise

23-08-2016

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Fight

What's The Big Idea? - Fight

Pre-school animation. Hugo finds it scary when he sees some big robots fighting, and upsetting when he argues with his friend.

03-10-2014

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Obedience

What's The Big Idea? - Obedience

Pre-school animation. There is always someone telling Hugo what to do, but most of the time it's for his own good.

02-10-2014

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Desire

What's The Big Idea? - Desire

Preschool animation. Hugo thinks he needs a monkey to play with, badly. Felix and Lily help Hugo understand the things Hugo needs and the things he wants.

27-07-2014

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Brave

What's The Big Idea? - Brave

Preschool animation. Sometimes in life you have to be brave: like when Hugo goes to the doctor, and especially when he fights a dragon!

22-07-2014

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Strength

What's The Big Idea? - Strength

Preschool animation. Hugo has a contest of strength with an elephant and an tiny ant, and learns that even an ant is strong for its size.

21-07-2014

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Preference

What's The Big Idea? - Preference

Pre-school animation. Hugo wonders if the world would be even better if it was only made up of things he likes, like his favourite colour orange!

15-07-2014

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Imagination

What's The Big Idea? - Imagination

Pre-school animation. Hugo has a great imagination, which helps him conjure up lots of fun and wild games.

08-07-2014

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Dreams

What's The Big Idea? - Dreams

Preschool animation. When Hugo is sleeping, he dreams a lot, about flying with dragons and racing with cheetahs.

07-07-2014

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Choice

What's The Big Idea? - Choice

Pre-school animation. Some choices are easy, like which game to play, and who to play with. But Hugo finds that choosing some things can be hard.

24-06-2014

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Change

What's The Big Idea? - Change

Pre-school animation. Lots of things change as they grow up, like an egg, a caterpillar and a child! But Hugo likes some things just the way they are!

06-06-2014

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Allowed

What's The Big Idea? - Allowed

Pre-school animation. Hugo can't wait to grow up so he drive cars, watch scary movies, and do whatever he wants!

05-06-2014

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Family

What's The Big Idea? - Family

Pre-school animation. Hugo has a big family: he has two sisters, a dad, a mum, a granny, uncles, cousins and so many more people...

02-06-2014

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