Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Trix may be for kids, but these cross generations...
Yes, I know that “Good Parents” do not let their pre-school children watch television.
I am obviously not a good parent. (But we've covered that before.)
There were days when that 30 minutes of Dora the Explorer was all that separated me from the insane asylum. The day I discovered that Maisy was hypnotic baby crack that could keep AC frozen in place long enough for me to shower and check email was a grand day indeed. I wanted to hunt down the people who made that show and throw myself at their feet in groveling gratitude for the peace it gave me when there was something I needed to do. I made a tape of Maisy episodes to have on hand for emergency AC distraction. It was a ridiculous show and I hated it with a passion normally reserved only for large purple dinosaurs, but oh, mercy, I loved it as well.
Children’s television isn’t made for adults and most of the shows AC loved to watch made my eyeballs bleed. But there are some shows that were so good, I was disappointed when AC outgrew them and I didn’t get to watch them anymore.
The characters themselves are from an acid trip, but overall, it’s an awesome show. Great stories, original songs and real dancing. I swear, the Backyardigans crew had a real choreographer on staff. The songs were catchy and different. Just all around fun. And they always went in for a healthy snack at the end.
I actually watched a couple of these before AC was born. The cutest dog ever acting out classic literary masterpieces. ‘Nuff said. (He's in a Robin Hood outfit. That's just adorable!)
Granted, the baby talk could get a little old, but you had to love the teamwork and the puns for parents. I've even found a ringtone of the theme song and I'm so putting it on my phone (probably only for special occasion use. It can get a little irritating.) “Da phone, da phone is ring-ging…” (If you have a small child in your life, you’re singing along already. And it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.)
But the one show I loved then and will still watch now – with or without AC – is Phineas and Ferb.
This show is brilliant. Funny, smart, catchy songs, and a secret agent platypus. And Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated. There’s a million things to love about this show, and I recommend it for all adults. (Because who doesn’t want to get up and dance to “Squirrels in my Pants”?)
So what kids’ shows do you love and occasionally still sing a line or two of?