Photo of Jake Williamson who plays Pablo
Pablo
follows the adventures of an imaginative little boy who has his own unique way of dealing with the problems he encounters. The show is a mix of beautiful animation and live action and is truly ground-breaking because it’s the first animated TV series to star an autistic character. The producers, Paper Owl Films, also worked with autistic writers and contributors to create additional characters who are all on the autism spectrum.    

The voice cast includes real autistic young people too, such as 10-year-old Jake Williamson, who plays Pablo, and 18-year-old writer and campaigner Rosie King, who plays Llama. 

We asked parent blogger Matt Davis (@copyiswritten), whose son Isaac is autistic, for his review of the show. Here it is:

 

'My jacket hasn't got any sleeves,' queries a confused Pablo at one point of this glorious new children's programme. 
 
What a delightful reference to how autistic people see things differently; he's describing a waistcoat. My son, Isaac, might make an identical observation. Equally baffled by what it is, equally worn down by its discomfort.

"The main chunk of Pablo is illustrative, using a childlike crayon style, supposedly representing Pablo's brain deconstructing a scene. The scene being briefly played out as real live action at the beginning of the programme. This could be a complicated construct to digest - by adult or child - but it is seamlessly delivered for us and therefore nice and gettable."

"So having seen a ghastly, vast outfit of giant shoes and feathery material, we are transported to the illustrated world of Pablo and a helpful coterie of animals. As well as informing them that he has lost his mum, he despairs at the aforementioned jacket with no sleeves, and is basically disorientated by events. The animals help to piece together the metaphorical, illogical world of different clothes - his mum being found underneath the big bird looking outfit (that he's clearly never seen her wear before). The interactions drip with delicacy. Of explanation, comprehension and some creativity too." 

"We end back in the real world to see a calm Pablo in the company of a less-oppressive dressed mum preparing for the day ahead, his uncle's wedding. I loved, laughed and was moved by Pablo. And it will be such great viewing for my neurotypical daughter too, to entertain and educate her about her autistic brother."

 

Let us know what you think of the series.