Joined: Mar. 2004
||Posted: Jan. 17 2006,03:17
Ummm, hell no. There will be no Barney the purple theropod in my house. And before you even say it, yes, I've been told that I will have barney if my kid wants barney, but I will hold out as long as humanly possible (and then I'll PM you for your address ;)
We've been downloa*COUGH* I mean, ahem, we've been aquiring old cartoons that you can't buy anywhere. Old looney tunes cartoons, the old Max Fleisher Superman cartoons, and I'm currently looking for old Woody Woodpecker cartoons. There's some other stuff that I've told family and friends they can get for birthdays, etc. "Battle of the Planets", old school "Transformers", "Blue Falcon/Dynomutt", any one of the recent three batman cartoons ("Batman", "Batman Beyond", "The Batman"), "Justice League", etc.
Out of all of the new cartoons they have on Cartoon Network, "Samurai Jack" was actually really good, and "Dexter's Laboratory" didn't suck. I hear they dropped Jack. Pretty much everything else aimed at kids on the channel sucks ass.
It seems that modern children's entertainment is completely devoid of any intellectual stimulation whatsoever. If you think Barney was bad, you should watch the Boo-Bahs. Conjunction Junction was pretty bad when I was a kid, but there's some Australian kids show that I can't sit in the room for 5 minutes before my ears begin to bleed.
SpongeBob SquareAss? What the is up with that show? I can feel my eyes glazing over and my brain shutting down in just a few minutes.
I'm tempted to just throw the ing TV out of the house, or cut the television half of the cable off. It seems that the only genuinely entertaining cartoons that are on the boob-tube nowadays are adult-oriented.
I mean, I'm sure I'll succumb to letting my kids watching something that I detest because I know I'll love my kids. Prime example--I watched He-Man all the time when I was a kid. My brother downloaded an episode of He-Man not too long ago and was laughing his ass off when he told me I had to come over and watch it. He-Man was so gay I couldn't even believe it. I asked my Dad, "Hey pop, that show was so gay, why did you ever let me watch it?" and he said basically the same thing you've said...you let your kids watch whatever as long as it's not damaging because they like it and because you love your kids.
Still, If I'm living in denial, I'm holding out as long as possible... ;)
No good deed goes unpunished...