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Children’s Shows – What the Heck??

I watch a lot of TV with my kids. I like TV, they like TV…what can I say. We DO limit it, but they still probably get more than they should.

THAT said, I have so many questions about these shows!! I’m sure some have been discussed before, but the following is what goes through my head while watching these shows.

Disclaimer: There is a lot of “What the…?” in this post. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t ENJOY most of these shows with my kids. With the exception of just two – I actually like all of the shows I’ve mentioned. I’ll let you take a guess at which two.

Max and Ruby
Where the heck are their parents? Grandma drops by now and again, but even SHE isn’t asking where the parents are.

Handy Manny
OMG, how incompetent are his tools?? Why does he keep them around? Are they the only talking tools he can find?  (And I giggle a little each time I remember that it’s Fez from That 70’s Show doing Manny’s voice. 🙂 )

Backyardigans
What the heck is Uniqua anyway? Seriously – we have a moose, a penguin, a hippo, and a kangaroo…and then some alien thing? Why not a … bear, or *anything* identifiable.

Also, I read somewhere that they have *3* different actors for each character. One who does the speaking, one who does the singing, and one who dances so they can model after him/her. REALLY?? In all of … wherever they are … they couldn’t find actors who could sing AND speak? Perhaps I could see not being able to dance, but…really?

Dora
WHAT IS WITH ALL THE YELLING?

Mickey Mouse Club House
Okay, so it’s not just the club house version, it’s been for as long as Mickey Mouse has been around, but what’s up with Pluto not talking? All the other characters are animals too and THEY can talk.

Tigger and Pooh
Darby?? What, Christoper Robin wasn’t smart enough to form the Super Sleuths?

Caillou
Holy whine. I really just want to smack that kid.

Dragon Tales
There seems to be a lot of time passing and parents don’t wonder or check on their kids. I suppose I could go with the “hours have passed in Dragon Land but only a few minutes at home” theory…but as a Mom, I know that if it were dead quiet in the playroom, I’d be going in to check on things!

Also, if you had a special Dragon Land, why would you ever come back?? 😉

Animation in General (no, it’s not a show)
Is there some unwritten rule somewhere that mandates only 4 fingers? It’s a little freaky.

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7 Responses

  1. What’s up with Arthur’s sister being so mean to him – seems really out of line and the parents never reign her in. I watched the show some when P was in the hospital. I’m sure I’ll get to know more as my kids get older.

  2. Oh my gosh, I cracked up at this! I’ve often thought the very same things. I really like Max and Ruby, but I too am perplexed because they never seem to have parents around. Also, my husband cannot stand being in the room when Caillou is on. He calls him “Whine-ou.”

    Do you know which one I can’t stand right now? The new one on Nick, “The Fresh Beat Band.” Is it just me, or do the actors on that show just really seem like they hate their jobs? They don’t look like they’re enjoying themselves at all, and the songs just make me want to tear my hair out!

  3. I watched Max and Ruby for the 1st time last week with little-guy. It was a shopping trip to buy some new overalls. I sat there for the whole time wondering if Ruby was the mom or big sister???? And I always had the SAME EXACT thoughts about Max and Emmy leaving to Dragon Land for SUCH A LONG TIME. HMMMMMM….

    Just wait until you get to “bigger kid” shows that I’m trying to interpret. Humph. It doesn’t get much better!

  4. I’ve always wondered the same thing about 4-fingered animated people! Why?! LOL

  5. We’ve had the same questions about ALL those shows. We are also BIG on tv over here. Max and Ruby and Caillou are Katie’s current favs. I think it’s cause of the similarity to her life. She has a little bro and wants to be in charge just like Ruby and she’s 4 and going through all the same things as Caillou.

    For your first question – my guess is that it’s supposed to be from the perspective of the kids who in their make believe world get to roam free and make all their decisions themselves with an occasional appearance from grandma-since she is magical.

  6. This amuses me greatly.

  7. So which 2 don’t you like? You mentioned the only 3 shows I really loathe…Max & Ruby, Dora, and Calliou. I’ve had to ban those when I’m around 🙂

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