Stillwater on AppleTV+: Review

Sometimes when you take a chance you strike gold…

That is how I feel about Stillwater, coming to AppleTV+ on Friday, December 4, 2020. There are a lot of movies and shows always coming out, and as a working mom, I do not have enough time to review or post about them all. (I wish I could. Haha!) Every once in a while I get an email for a show or movie that I am on the fence about and I sit on it a little while and try to really decide if I am going to review it. Well, I did that with Stillwater, but I am so glad I decided to watch a preview of it and to review it. It’s so good! I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. If you have AppleTV+ I highly recommend it. Here’s why.

Stillwater Review

Stillwater Review

So, I have the synopsis of the show below, but the main gist of the show is about a couple of children who befriend their neighbor, Stillwater. (He is a Panda.) Through their friendship, Stillwater teaches the children about Zen through stories, friendship, and also how to deal with situations in life. The animation is beautiful, and it is hard to take your eyes away from it. My 2-year-old previewed Stillwater with me and she loved it. The episode we watched focused on not giving up and mindfulness. The episode had a part where it asked you to stop and breathe, look around and just be in the moment looking at things.

My 2-year-old did this. Haha! I was very surprised. After we were done watching she wanted to watch more. It is a different kind of kid’s show. It’s not loud. It’s soothing and relaxing. I don’t think I have ever described a kids show as soothing or relaxing. Haha! (I didn’t think that was possible.) We just introduced Yoga to my 5-year-old as a way to help her focus/relax, and I think I will add either Stillwater before or after her Yoga time just as a little extra. A Bonus is that Stillwater has some Yoga poses to practice Mindfulness along with books that the show is based on! You can check them all out HERE. Stillwater is rated Y7, but younger kids can watch it. If you have kids and AppleTV+ I highly recommend Stillwater.

If you end up watching Stillwater I would love to know how you like it. Let me know in the comments.


“Stillwater,” tells the story of a beautiful friendship formed between siblings Karl, Addy, and Michael and their next-door neighbor, a wise panda named Stillwater. Karl, Addy, and Michael will experience life, with Stillwater opening their eyes to the quiet wonders of the world around them and guiding them through their place within it. Based on the Caldecott Honor Children’s book series by Jon J Muth, Zen Shorts, the series will premiere globally with the first six episodes on Friday, December 4 exclusively on Apple TV+.


The voice cast includes James Sie in the role of ‘Stillwater’ (“Jackie Chan Adventures,” “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender”); Judah Mackeyas ‘Karl'(“The Young and the Restless,” “The Morning Show”); Eva Binder as ‘Addy’ (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “All Rise,” “Imaginary Lines”); Tucker Chandleras ‘Michael’ (“Madagascar: A Little Wild,” “I Lost My Body,” “Samsam”). 


How to find AppleTV+

If you are in need of a movie selection for adults on AppleTV+ then make sure to check out my Greyhound movie review HERE.

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