After being home with a 5-year-old the last two days — Tuesday while Finn was sick and today while I was sick and he was still recovering — I’m in disbelief at what is allowed to pass as a good cartoon these days. Finn likes what he calls “CNN” because it says “CN” on the corner of the screen. It’s Cartoon Network. They play such silly things with animation that I’m not really all that impressed with. They’re just overly silly and non-sensical. Nick Jr. is a tad better, but still a little out there.
My fav is Disney Channel. I love their morning line-up — Little Einsteins, Higglytown Heroes, My Friends Tigger and Pooh, Handy Manny to name a few — and they make sense. They’re just enough educational to satisfy me but not too much that the boys find it boring. But more than that, they have plots. They have interesting, lovable characters. These other shows are just annoying. What ever happened to story lines like were in the Smurfs, He-man, She-ra, Heathcliff, Shirt Tales, Jem, and so on, with protagonists and antagonists and problems to solve? Is it my perspective as the adult that has changed or have cartoons really changed?