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February 18, 2005

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Have I mentioned that I hate "Caillou"? I'm not the only one.

Today the Message O' the Day from the episode "The Mighty Oak" is that "Trees sometimes get sick. If they do, you have to cut them down. But don't worry, it is like cutting a toenail. It doesn't hurt, and it is no big deal." Then they go buy a new tree, and there are multiple comparisons between the new tree and a baby.

I can't help but feel like there is a foundation being laid to support the liberal view of euthenasia, at the very least (if not abortion). Sure, I'm probably paranoid...

Posted by Nathan at 08:17 AM | Comments (10)

I can't stand Caillou either.

1)What is up with the name?
2)He's a total whiner.
3)He just gets on my nerves.
4)Where's the hair?
5)Just spank him and get it over with.

Need anymore reasons? I refuse to be induced to guilt for disliking a cartoon character.

Posted by: Rae at February 18, 2005 08:44 AM

Maybe it's a pro-logging message. ;)

Posted by: Craig at February 18, 2005 11:57 AM

I have always ALWAYS hated Caillou. Whiny little snot that needs a good spanking and a set of parents who ARE parents. The times that we have watched it, we've actually discussed why Caillou should've been punished for certain behaviors. My kids know the difference. It's the same thing with D.W., Arthur's sister; she's a whiny little brat that everyone just allows to be that way. For a while, Arthur wasn't allowed in our house because my oldest daughter thought D.W. was the coolest and had begun acting just like her.

Cartoon characters may be fictional, but to my kids, they're quite real and have significant influence. Things we don't allow: Dragon Tales (because I despise the syrupy crap and that one two-headed dragon's screamy way of talking), SpongeBob (it's just not appropriate), most of the anime shows (because their worldview is just wrong), and most of the Cartoon Network fare... except for PowerPuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, which are truly wonderful.

Posted by: Kris at February 18, 2005 02:16 PM

Ha, I had to go Google the name to even figure out whattheheck...

Seems like it's a series created in...argh...FRANCE! Maybe that explains the offense, dunno. On the other hand, it IS on PBS, so...

Posted by: -S- at February 18, 2005 07:09 PM

My daughter loves the show. I like it because I have a whole series of jokes behind it and I can imitate the old lady narrator's voice perfectly.

Ever notice no matter where Caillou goes, he gets treated extra special? If he's on an airplane, he gets to see the cockpit, if he's at the zoo he gets to feed tha animals, etc? I always use my old lady voice to narrate special events for Caillou

"Caillou had never performed brain surgery before..."

I'm sure it's better in person.

Anyway, one thing to understand about children's programming is that all concepts must be broken down into their most simplistic terms. Because most agendas (on both the left and right) tend to be simplistic, it's easy to confuse children's shows for some sort of hidden message. I doubt it's the case.

Yes, I agree a good fanny whack would help Caillou understand why he can't play with the knives, but corporal punishment isn't exactly something any kiddy show wants to get involved with.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at February 19, 2005 05:39 AM

Good point, SaaM. I wish I could think of a snide comment to add to that, but you'll just have be satisfied with a simulation: [insert snide, insulting response here.]

Posted by: Nathan at February 19, 2005 09:00 AM

Oof, I'm a nanny and I HATE Caillou! I have banned it several times now, but the parents I work for keep letting him watch it again, even though they know it's a bad influence. Seriously, this kid already has enough behavioral issues... if i have to hear "I don't WANT to!" or "No, it's too HARD!" one more time I think I may smash the TV... that and Thomas the Tank Engine... he's obsessed with it... all those trains are SO disrespectful of each other! The other day, little Stephen looked me square in the face when he was mad and yelled "You don't work hard enough! Rubbish!" Took me about five minutes to locate the exact Thomas video with that phrase and chuck it... well, I hid it in the garage... and wouldn't you know, his Daddy found it a week later and stuck it right back in the VCR... I'm quitting soon, and if I were a lesser person I'd take all the videos with me and melt them down...

Posted by: Alicia at March 16, 2005 03:44 PM

I'm filling my mind with a picture of beating Caillou’s huge, misshapen head to pulp! Thoughts so primitive they black out everything else. I'm filling my mind with hate for Caillou.
Is your blood red like ours Caillou? I'm going to find out. All I want to do is get my hands on you. Can you read these thoughts Caillou - images of hate, killing?
You'll find my thoughts more interesting, thoughts so primitive you can't understand.
Emotions so - ugh!
No. Don't help me. I have to concentrate. Caillou can't read through hate.

Posted by: Christopher Pike at May 28, 2005 06:47 PM

Don't hurt Caillou - he doesn't mean to be evil.

Posted by: Veena at May 28, 2005 07:10 PM

You ppl are all sick and disturbed nutcases you are a bunch of adults(and I use that term loosley) tearing apart a childrens cartoon character.As for Caillou being a bad influence my 6 year old learned plenty of manners and sharing skills from all the P.B.S shows and my 23 month old is doing the same.

Posted by: tiffany at September 7, 2005 08:35 AM
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