Buffett Gets Animated
Alston, Joshua, Newsweek
Byline: Joshua Alston
When capitalists of every stripe descended on Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, shareholders were treated to the premiere of Warren Buffett's long-gestating animated series for kids, Secret Millionaires Club. In it, a multicultural trio of wealthy kids--Elena, Jones, and Radley--hang out with the Oracle of Omaha in an underground lair, talking strategy on earning and saving money.
Kids might not mind cartoons about sterile subjects (the Disney Channel has a 'toon set on a British sheep farm, after all), but a half-hour econ lesson might be a slog at any age. Secret Millionaires Club is a fun and well-executed series, produced in bite-size chunks to be watched on the Web. The first installment barely cracks the five-minute mark and in that time relays a basic business concept--it's all about location, location, location. Elena's friend Brittany isn't getting much business at her lemonade stand. The team does a sort of case study and concludes that putting the stand in an alley wasn't a great idea. …