The other day while enjoying a playdate with my friends Tracy and Nicole, we were talking about our favorite kids tv programs. There are some really great, educational and just plain fun children's programs available today. Little Einsteins, Max & Ruby, Pinky Dinky Doo, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer...the list goes on and on. There is even an entire blog devoted to The Backyardigans (I like the show, though maybe not quite that much).
But, with the good comes the bad.
Like, what's with The Wonder Pets. Can you hear it? "Linny, Tuck and Ming Ming to, we're Wonder Pets and we'll help you! What's gonna work, teamwork!" I can....over and over and over in my head. They sing most of the program in opera, helping other animals out of tight jams. Like the poor Dolphin who gets stuck in the fisherman's net. One of those little annoying pets (there is a gerbil, duck and turtle) sings something like "we've got to help him, or he will drown." Well yeah, if you don't shut up and do something, he will. Duh.
In a NY Times article, Nickelodeon's creative director for preschool television, Brown Johnson said she believes operetta is an art form particularly suited to children. "I used to run around singing my life to myself," she recalled. "I'd be singing 'I'm going to fall down,' singing about what I was having for lunch, about how mean my brothers were." REALLY?
My Mom LOVES Lazytown. I truly have no idea why (do you want to comment Mom)? The main character, Stephanie, runs around in a fushia wig with her weird puppet friends. They are always taunted by the local bad guy, Robbie Rotten, who wears his pants way to tight. Sportacus, the local hero (and real life producer of the show and like, Mr. Iceland or something) creeps me out. What is he doing hanging out with kids anyway. And all the flipping gives me a headache.
Oobi - OK, it's a talking hand. It doesn't speak in full sentences, only one or two words at a time. Once in a while they throw in a talking foot. That's just gross. Surprising fact - the guy who created Oobi also created The Wonder Pets. I would have never guessed.
Miffy - OK, this may be one of the cheapest kids television programs ever made (with the possible exception of the hand and foot diseased Oobi). Miffy's mouth doesn't move - she is just a clay figurine with a voice coming out of who-knows-where. Oh, and it's BORING!
What kids tv programs do you just adore / hate with a passion? Oh, and does anyone know what type of animal Uniqua is?