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July 08, 2004

Conservative-Safe Children's Programming on PBS « Social Issues »

Arthur is pretty good, as is Jakers, the Adventures of Piggly Winks.

Jay Jay the Jet Plane and Caillou are abominations, however, and even Clifford can turn your stomach with its sappy feel-good messages.

*Although I will admit it was quite amusing hearing the adult female who plays 4-year-old Caillou try to pass off "redistributionist economies are a necessity for a just social system" as normal speech for that age level. And I also found the new Sesame Street character intriguing as well: it's a fertilized lump of tissue that's going to hang around for a few months until it suddenly becomes a human baby, as if by magic, and at no discernable point of change. The character was introduced with the new musical number, It's Not a Baby Until NARAL Says It Is.

*begin unserious snark

Posted by Nathan at 06:25 PM | Comments (1)

Calliou sucks... Big time. Why on earth anyone would TEACH a kid to whine is beyond me. From the moment the show opens he whines. Kids model that! duh!

And why do all the kid's shows propagate fears?

My niece told me "I'm scared of the dark like Calliou." a few days later I saw a few minutes of it and they were talking about Calliou worrying his dad would die because he was old. 4 year olds don't need to hear that.. (I'll climb down, but I could go on.)

"Little Bear" is the best kids show out there, end of discussion. It is on NOG on satellite but it is top notch.

Clifford is a complete joke... More on that this weekend on wizbang. I'll link this post then.

Posted by: Paul at July 13, 2004 05:55 AM
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