Now is the perfect time to catch up on the best books, films, television shows and podcasts you might have missed. Or, in this case – those rare cartoons that you’ll enjoy almost as much as your little ones do.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing
The Mr Bean of chickens navigates soup recipes and sock-wrestling in this charming series, the brainchild of Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep). (Netflix)

Archibald's Next Big Thing.

Archibald’s Next Big Thing.Credit:Netflix

Mickey Mouse
There’s slick animation and clever writing in these shorts, which rediscover the slapstick spirit of Disney’s original Silly Symphonies. (Disney+)

SpongeBob SquarePants
Over 20 years on the series remains as anarchic as ever. Don’t you want your kids to be a little bit weird? (10Play)

Steven Universe
Bizarre world-building, coming-of-age warmth and a protagonist with a magical bellybutton make this a sci-fi epic for all ages. (Stan)

Yes, of course the universally beloved Bluey gets a mention. What are we, pitbulls? (ABC Kids)

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