May 29 07

As long as there will be children’s television programming, there will be the parental eternal questions…

…why is Caillou bald?? seriously…his 2-year-old sister Rosie has a full head of hair!

…why did they make Dora’s dad look like a serious pedophile?

…where the hell are Max and Ruby’s parents? there’s bunny scout leader and grandma…but no parents to speak of.

…how come every character on Franklin is called by what they are…Bear, Beaver, Snail…but Franklin has an actual name. why?

…what is Uniqua? all the other animals on the Backyardigans are something….Pablo is a penguin, Tasha’s a hippo, Tyrone is a moose, and Austin is a kangaroo…but what’s Uniqua? and why is she the only one to not really be anything?

…and i’m not even going to touch Boobah. that one is a mystery in itself.

…what on earth is happenng on Little Bear? no, seriously. little bear’s dad fishes with a fishing pole, while wearing a suit, but his brother Rusty fishes by swiping at the fish with a paw and throwing them up the river bank. sometimes they behave like animals…but sometimes they behave like humans.

and the one i asked this morning, while Isabella was singing along to Wonderpets…

…why would they give a character a speech impediment? ming ming needs some sewious speech therapy. Is this not going against what we try to teach our children?? my 4-year-old doesn’t say his “r”s…and i really want him to learn to say them. i don’t want him to start thinking he can use the “ming-ming excuse”

“but mommy….ming ming says it…”

what about you? what bothers you about the shows your children watch??


  1. My husband and I have had long, long talks about these things, and we think we know the answer to the Little Bear questions – on Little Bear, some animals are civilized and so use human implements while other animals live in the wild and behave like actual animals.
    Yeah, poor neglected Max and Ruby. My question about Caillou is how his parents don’t freak out over the whiny little twerp. Ick.


    Comment by Rebecca on May 29, 2007
  2. You said it all!!!!


    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on May 29, 2007
  3. Why can Curious George go to a zoo and not be confused for an escaped animal?

    Why do the puppets on Tipi Tales have advanced eye movement but clearly visible sticks to manipulate their hands?

    That’s all I’ve got right now.


    Comment by SciFi Dad on May 29, 2007
  4. I know the ming ming answer – they hired a little girl to do the voice – and she had the w instead of the r. So this was when they were still creating the show. Then when they were in production she had grown up (I think she was 6) and no longer did that. But, apparently kids liked ming ming so much with that voice thing that they made the girl use w’s instead of r’s.


    Comment by Laural on May 29, 2007
  5. ali, you ‘da bomb – i luv your post today – fun food for thought! (and boy do i luv food ;)


    Comment by Tova on May 29, 2007
  6. I have thought the EXACT same things about Dora’s dad and Franklin’s name. I also am curious to know if Max and Emmy’s parents realize they are missing everytime they go to Dragonland (or do they know about Dragonland and are okay with their kids being in some sort of parallel universe with no parental supervision.)


    Comment by Wendy on May 29, 2007
  7. I’ve never seen the show with the speech-impeded duck, but my brother rants rather eloquently on just this issue!

    What I want to know: is Bob the Builder drilling Wendy?


    Comment by DaniGirl on May 29, 2007
  8. It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve watched a kids TV show so I don’t know any of these… but wtf is up with those Boobahs? Is it just me or do they look like sparkly gelatinous penis heads poking out of sparkly gelatinous foreskins? I swear a friend of friend told me about someone she knows who’s cousin saw something like that in a kinky sex shop.


    Comment by Jasmine on May 29, 2007
  9. Hee! This was awesome, Ali! I think Uniqua’s some kind of bug??


    Comment by Haley-O on May 29, 2007
  10. I’ve never really seen any of these shows since I don’t have kids yet, but you make some valid points. And, just a guess, but is Uniqua maybe nothing specific because she’s Unique — kinda like her name sounds? So she’s not like anything else? Even though she kinda looks like an ant to me.


    Comment by Audrey on May 29, 2007
  11. I have always wanted to know 2 things:

    1. why is PLuto obviously a dog and Goofy not so much


    2. why don’t bears, ducks, etc. wear pants? they wear jackets and ties but not pants. why??


    Comment by Kathryn on May 29, 2007
  12. exactly.
    Why the hell is Cailou bald?


    Comment by Keri on May 29, 2007
  13. Same with The Liitle Einsteins.
    Where are their parents?


    Comment by Keri on May 29, 2007
  14. Uniqua: because she’s UNIQUE. . .?

    I guess. Also, what about the fact that Donald Duck never wears pants, but wears a towel when he’s coming out of the shower?

    I was watching season 3 of friends the other day (yeah, I’m a dork) and they said that, and it got me thinking. . .


    Comment by Haley on May 29, 2007
  15. Why do animals (in children’s movies) not wear any clothes, but at certain times cover their privates? The turtle does this in “Over the Hedge” when he loses his shell, but none of the other animals have clothes on, so shouldn’t they be covering their parts as well? So confusing.


    Comment by Loren on May 29, 2007
  16. Ok mine have been touched on, by why is Pluto a dog, and goofy is like a man-dog hybrid?
    Where are the little einsteins parents and what will happen if rocket breaks down in the Himalayas or something?
    And where are Donald Duck’s pants?
    The only other show we watch is Charlie and Lola and I am way too in love with that show to critique it :)
    Thanks for the fun post!


    Comment by Jamie on May 29, 2007
  17. hey haley i was going to say the exact same thing about i guess i don’t have any comment now haha


    Comment by LAVENDULA on May 30, 2007
  18. callilou scares me and little bear, oh yes, very annoying. Where is bugs bunny when one needs him


    Comment by Sparky Duck on May 30, 2007
  19. The Franklin and the Uniqua questions haunt my dreams. WTF?


    Comment by Mrs. Chicky on May 30, 2007
  20. THANK YOU!

    since Jeremiah moved in I have been watching WAY too much public television and that ming-ming thing pissed me off.
    I too also wondered why Ruby ALWAYS has to take care of Max.
    And in Kipper…where the hell is Arnold’s parents?
    and not a question, but drives me nuts…in the Bernstein Bears, I hate how they have no names except brother and sister.
    and for Backyardagans; I never noticed that she wasn’t something, but what I found funny was that they are animals, yet they don’t speak ‘animal’…like the episode where they are trying to talk to an animal and one of them says, “I don’t know, I don’t speak horse” HELLO? you’re a moose talking to a penguin, yet you don’t speak HORSE?



    Comment by Kristine on May 30, 2007
  21. Does anyone else think Abuela is a guy? She sure sounds like one. Also, what’s the purpose of the little Fiesta Trio on Dora?

    Funny post!


    Comment by RLGelber on May 30, 2007
  22. Where should I start?


    Comment by Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah on May 30, 2007
  23. Lazy Town! The whole show reeks of creep to me.


    Comment by Jenn on May 30, 2007
  24. Oh Ali…I am very worried about you!!! This is what it’s going to be like until the new season of Grey’s…which will probably be around Thanksgiving. Remember when the new TV season used to start just after Labor Day when you were going back to school? Well now school starts in mid-August and TV starts closer to Halloween.


    Comment by Di on May 31, 2007
  25. I am so glad that I’m not the only Mommy who spends too much time wondering about these shows. about drangontales in the book about the first episode it says no real time passed when they came back.and why is on postcards from buster busters dad always letting him go with strangers?the calliou thing bugs me.


    Comment by cyndi on June 2, 2007
  26. Oh good. I am glad I am not the only person who thinks that Dora’s father is depraved-looking.

    I love this post, btw. I have had a couple of posts on kids’ TV in the works — maybe this will inspire me to finish them up!


    Comment by nancy on June 4, 2007
  27. Little Bear is so fricking self centered it makes me want to scream! Russell on Tipi Tales has something SERIOUSLY wrong with him. And the Doodlebops make me want to take my own life.


    Comment by Stephanie on June 10, 2007
  28. Oh, gosh I’ve thought the same things, too. It was hilarious a while back my hubby was at Blockbuster getting a movie and the woman next to him sang under her breath “this is sewious” and he almost looked at her and said “we have to help them!” How many times have I caught myself singing that darn song!



    Comment by Adventures In Babywearing on July 6, 2007
  29. :) Oh yes. So many shows, so little time.


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  35. …why is Caillou bald??

    This is a question that my kids always ask me…I say he likes to look like a melon head.


    Comment by Caillou Toys on July 18, 2010

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