My son likes to watch kids' shows on TV, which means I have to watch kids' shows on TV. I've had plenty of time to form opinions on these shows, and now you get to read them. Today: Bubble Guppies. (Previous entry: Thomas & Friends) Some kids' shows are tolerable. You can get through them but wouldn't ever seek them out on your own. Others are painful to watch (I'm looking at you, Dora the Explorer). You suffer through because you love your children. And some are enjoyable in their own right. You gladly watch them with your kids, and you may even tune in after they've gone to sleep for the night. I think that out of all the shows I get to (have to) watch because of my son, Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies is my current favorite. It's a cousin of sorts of another Nick Jr. show, Th
My son likes to watch kids' shows on TV, which means I have to watch kids' shows on TV. I've had plenty of time to form opinions on these shows, and now you get to read them. Today: Thomas & Friends. I like the idea of Thomas & Friends. I dig trains and I'm a bit of an Anglophile. I also enjoy reading the books to my son. But the show in its current format is frustratingly formulaic, even for a program aimed at young children. My main issue has to do with the storylines. The basic plot of every latter-day Thomas & Friends episode I've ever seen boils down to this: Sir Topham Hatt (aka The Fat Controller) orders Thomas (or one of the other trains) to do something fairly simple. Thomas predictably fails when... His locomotive ADD kicks in and he wanders off to do
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days month: Remember Perverted Justice, the group behind Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator"? Yeah, they're bankrupt now. (Defamer Australia) A very comprehensive and busy look at the 100 most influential TV shows (Adweek) A very cool infographic tracing the history and popularity of web browsers. Ah Netscape, my first love. (Dvice) The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder by Dave McKenna (Washington City Paper) The best fake punt ever, from last year's Bills/Titans Hall of Fame game in Canton. (StumbleUpon) The average Asian aging process. (My Funny Pictures) Creepiest Tumblr feed ever: Chicks With Steve Buscemeyes. (Tumblr) 8 Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't CGI.
I'll cop to not being a huge Pixar believer. I've seen Toy Story, The Incredibles, and a few of their other features, but for some reason they've always left me a little cold. Oh sure, they are marvels of computer animation technology, but I have always preferred the old school style. It's hard for me to get emotionally invested in movies that look more like extended video game cut scenes. But I have to say that watching WALL-E got me about as close as I've come to getting really engaged with a computer-animated movie. But not because of the main plot, which concerned a slowly developing romance between the title character (a trash-collecting and compacting robot) and EVE, a nominally female robot who catches WALL-E's fancy. While it was cute, it was a tad predictable. No, w