Jim mentioned in another article that the "Sam and the Firefly" does a good job of telling as much of a complete story as a picture book is able to tell.
He had this to say about Sam (the MC) and Gus (the IC): "Two approaches: one driven by doing what is right, the other driven by doing what is most fun. The two approaches battle it out until eventually, one gives way to the other. Gus changes his approach and the outcome that ensues happens because of that change. The events and choices made mean something."
He later mentions: "Sam and the Firefly is no masterpiece, yet it works far better than the insidious Scuffy the Tugboat because it endeavors to say something meaningful. It doesn’t rely on chance to save the day. It doesn’t disrespect the audience."