asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Critic's Corner

Bunny has just graduated from Sprout to Nick Jr. This means I'll no longer be subjected to the Sprout lineup and I'll have to put up with Nick Jr. instead. In honor of this occasion, here are my ratings of the Sprout shows I've been watching with her, where 5 = great and 0 = Barney.

Thomas and Friends - 3.
A solid three. Apparently kids love it, for reasons that completely escape me. It's solid and sensible, with lots of lines like "Sir Toppam-Hatt was cross with Thomas. 'I'm cross with you, Thomas,' said Sir Toppam-Hatt." But it's not in-your-face annoying, and there's nothing to really complain about. So, 3.

Wibbly Pig, Kipper the Dog - 5.
The only two shows I actually enjoy. They are clever, attractively animated, and cute but low-key. The characters don't feel the need to SHOUT! EVERY! WORD! Even the theme music is fun. I still catch myself singing under my breath, "Hey Wibbly! What-tare we go-ing to dooo to-day?" or "Like a dog, like a dog, like a dawwwwg ... now that's a toad not a frog!"

Angelina Ballerina - 4.
I'm not super engaged by the show but Bunny loves it - of course it helps that it's about a ballerina. I like that the situations and conflicts are presented realistically, and the voice actors' various accents sound natural and not exaggerated or caricatured.

Sid the Science Kid - 1.
Ugh. Just ugh. Take the kid's microphone away NOW.

Caillou - 2.
Caillou's saving grace is that it annoys me slightly less than Sid. Caillou's voice gives me a headache.

Super Why - 3.
Shakespeare it is not, but what it lacks in dramatic depth it makes up in educational value. It does, actually, get Bunny involved in the reading exercises, so I'll give it credit for mission accomplished.
Tags: anythingbutbarney

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