February 02, 2005

Gratuitous Children's Cartoon Posting

The Irish Elk unloads on PBS's Arthur, a show I've always (update: gently) loathed in a general, unfocused way. I didn't realize until I'd read his post that the whole Vermont Lesbian flap was tied to this show, but I can't say that I'm the slightest bit surprised. It has a long track-record of gooey PC-ness.

Fortunately, the gels don't seem to be particularly interested in the show. The current PBS favorite 'round our house is Cyberchase. I like it a) because it is geared towards math skills, something with which anyone related to me can always use some extra help, and b) because it stars Christopher Lloyd, one of my favorite actors, as arch-villain Hacker.

Posted by Robert at February 2, 2005 02:28 PM

So what's wrong with Arthur? He's well-loved in our house. Nice, wholesome kids from a variety of backgrounds in school together, much like our own neighborhood. I've never found it to be preachy, and it is entertaining and educational in a way that few kids' cartoons are these days. The books are fun for beginning readers, too.

I haven't seen enough about the Buster/Vermont flap to determine whether it's worth the outrage being expended by social conservatives. From what little I've read, the lesbian angle was underplayed and the focus was on making maple syrup, not gay families.

Posted by: JohnL at February 2, 2005 03:44 PM

Oh, my kids love Cyberchase, too!

Posted by: JohnL at February 2, 2005 03:45 PM

I've got no dog in the Vermont/Buster thing as I haven't really paid any attention to it. As I say, my dislike of Arthur is pretty general and unfocused and I haven't really pinned it down beyond the pervasive gooieness. On the other hand, it's a helluva lot better than Calliou.

Posted by: Robert the LB at February 2, 2005 03:58 PM

Fortunately, the lovely wife bought the family one fo the 4-DVD Looney Toons sets for Christmas, and I have been inculcating in the kids an appropriate love of Bugs, Sylvester, Wile E Coyote, and Daffy. Those were real cartoons.

Side note: Colt, Vina, or Number One?

Posted by: JohnL at February 2, 2005 04:08 PM

Oh, Number One. I've always had a Majelle thing, although I prefer her as Nurse Chapel. I've also got her Star Trek computer voice as the sound for various commands on my own computer.

Totally agree about the cartoons. My kids love Looney Tunes also.

Posted by: Robert the LB at February 2, 2005 04:16 PM

Wow. I had no idea anyone watched PBS.

Or that it still existed.

I thought Newt Gingrich killed off Big Bird back in Clinton's first term.

I mean, he did some good, didn't he?

Posted by: The Colossus at February 2, 2005 06:32 PM

Arthur and Cyberchase are the only two kids shows I can stand watching on that channel. Arthur is my little brother's favorite show. Shoot, he has most of the shows on VHS/DVD (poor quality VHS, BTW). The only major thing that I thought was a bit preachy was their "holiday" movie. Chaunaka, Christmas, Kwanza (all to the mutual exclusion of each other for some reason)I guess to teach multiculturalism. As if having all sorts of different animals wasn't a subtle way of doing it anyways. (Odd thing-some of the animal traits are ignored - such as the ears on the top of the head - while others are played right - like the antlers of the rheindeer kid.)

And Postcards from Buster makes Calliou seem unannoying by comparison.

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