29 July 2003 | grafxman
It's deeper than it first seems
Cavegirl is one of those really good shows that is deeper than it first appears. Superficially it seems to be silly entertainment for kiddys however, as with all good family fare, it works on two levels. This cleverly written show appears to be set in the Australian outback. The actors, especially Miss Cadman who plays the lead, are hyperkenetic. They are rarely still and seem to be constantly running and jumping. I get tired just watching them. Some of them frequently do silly stupid things and thus the comedy effect.
However this show always seems to have a subtle message in every episode. In one episode Cavegirl liked a necklace but didn't have the pieces of fruit needed to buy it. So she gave the vendor some nuts and explained that if he would bring those nuts to her village in one month when the fruit was ripe he could exchange them for the price of the necklace. Suddenly everyone was using all kinds of stuff to make purchases on credit.
In another episode Cavegirl and her sister both wanted to move into a nice new cave however this required "stuff". So Cavegirl started collecting pretty rocks from the area and began to parley them into various desireable things. Suddenly everyone was creating all sorts of fashionable objects.
In another episode Cavegirl ate some purple fruit and her face turned purple. No one wanted anything to do with her and she was an outcast because people thought she might be contagious. She then dyed her skins purple too and strutted defiantly around the village. A visiting rock star took one look at her and was enchanted. She was different from all the other girls and he was smitten. Of course then everyone wanted to have purple faces and wear purple skins.
All of the episodes are like small morality plays. Like I said above, this cleverly and well written show works on two levels. It works for all ages.