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post #81 of 116
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Originally Posted by phreedom View Post
But he's always in shorts? Sigh...so many unsolved mysteries.
I don't know why, but that cracked me up.

Dd is too young for tv. But my nanny kids used to watch it a few years back. Very annoying. I think most kids shows in general are annoying though....
post #82 of 116
We love Cailou. I like that the parents are so GD and never lose their temper, and I think the show reflects a lot of "real life", as much as can be reflected in a children's cartoon--Rosie gets on his nerves, he wants to do things he's not old enough to, etc. I definitely think he's whiny, but a lot of 4 y/o are. My son isn't and doesn't notice C is whiny--I know b/c I asked.
post #83 of 116
I had banned Caillou for awhile. Then my kid turned 4 and I realized that it wasn't as fictional as I thought. Still annoying but regular 4 year old behavior. So I let them watch it if they want to. I like that the parents are around and involved. But that kid is still so annoying. Said from one who has a 4 year old who often finds himself whining.
post #84 of 116
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Originally Posted by BnInTheOvn View Post
but he seems a bit whiney and it is never adressed by his parents in the show.
Any comments? Anyone let/not let their kid watch it?
Ah, I see this is an old thread and I'm starting w/ post 1 w/o reading. He is whiney... but I do really find the parents react in the most AP/Positive way of any parent/show/program I've ever seen. Or at least I sure can say that I had the patience and calmness and language that those parents use.

Anyone else notice this? Or am I off base here.

Now, I have not seen that many episodes, a handful. It is one of the shows that I will let my son watch because we either watch pbs or a video we might have. I do like that they are short clips so that I can warn him the show is ending.. or end it before the 30 minute is up by turning off the tv after one of the clips.

Oddly, we made it through chicken pox with only an hour of tv (and that was only because I figured the poor kid deserves it if he wants it, and I probably could have gotten him to do something else if I tried... much to my surprise he never asked for tv after that).

Now that I'm five....! LOL

Jessica
post #85 of 116
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Originally Posted by green betty View Post
I used to find Caillou annoyingly whiny until I started watching it in the original French. Now the English voiceover strikes me as an attempt to mimic the French Caillou, who sounds a bit more nasal/whiny because his Quebecois French is more nasal. He doesn't come off as whiny in French.
very interesting!
post #86 of 116
I can't stand the whining and I don't want it to rub off on DC so we do not watch Caillou
post #87 of 116
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Originally Posted by LittleBlessings View Post
I can't stand the whining and I don't want it to rub off on DC so we do not watch Caillou
If you watch the first shows in english, the kid doesn't sound whiney, just young. I think as the actor grew older they tried to keep his voice sounding young and it just came out whiney.
post #88 of 116
I don't really like Caillou myself, but dd is developing a Caillou addiction. She doesn't watch on TV, but sometimes when I need to do some work on the computer, I let her sit with me and watch cartoons on youtube. Lately the ONLY thing she wants to watch is Caillou. Bluh.

I guess the parents are kind of nice, but I am worried about dd picking up some of Caillou's negative qualities.

For example, in one episode they need to take the cat (Glibert) to the vet. The cat gets out of his cage in the car and hides under the seat or something. Caillou then starts admonishing her "Bad cat! Bad cat!" The father explains nicely that the cat isn't bad, just afraid of the car.

Unfortunatley, all dd seemed to pick up from that scened is the "Bad cat!" part, and now she's always yelling "Bad dog! Bad dog!" at our poor little doggie

I really want to wean her off Caillou somehow...
post #89 of 116
I think he's whiny and the parents insanely calm and patient and I do think they let him get away with way too much. But the only two shows my 2 year old twins will pause for are Caillou and Curious George so I tolerate it.
post #90 of 116
I don't really like the show either. My oldest DD seems to enjoy it a bit. I find him whiny too but like other posters said he is 4. Its tolerated here but not enjoyed by the grownups.
post #91 of 116
hehe caillou, love the theme song. It's not really a terrible cartoon. My 2 year old watches some tv himself; he likes to listen to the spongebob theme song and ending credits.

Lately, I have been putting him on starfall.com and he's been learning his letter sounds; he rather do that anyway, be on starfall.

but anyway, there isn't anything wrong with tv, as long as it's nothing like king of the hill hehe or simpsons or south park.

Sometimes, I find it hard to watch a cartoon with my children, I guess its me being grown up even though, I do watch the other cartoons listed above!
post #92 of 116
Hmmm - maybe I'm the only one who noticed this, or maybe we're just really out there. I don't think of Caillou's parents as AP. The parents practice CIO on Rosie. Ds#1 gets really upsets and tells me that Rosie wants nursing, to which I agree wholeheartedly. He also tells me that Caillou wants nursing whenever he's upset or frustrated. They all have separate bedrooms, and Rosie doesn't co-sleep to nurse away the teething pain. Maybe we're not watching other shows where it's dealt with in another way, but compared to our family, it's a shock to ds#1. He doesn't understand why Caillou goes to school. He wonders where the other mommies are a Caillou's "playgroup" for nursing them. Hmmm... there's not a program in the world that would reflect our family, huh? We're too crunchy for TV. I suspose it's just as well that he hardly ever watches it.
post #93 of 116
Caillou is currently DS's favorite show, but he changes favorites every so often and he'll tire of this one eventually.

Caillou's whining doesn't bother me nearly as much as how insufferably patient, tolerant and perfect his parents are. They're always so cheerful and chirpy! They're Stepford Parents! They make John and Ellie Patterson (fellow cartoon Canadians) look like Al and Peg Bundy!
post #94 of 116
Only thoughts I have when I see Caillou is "Why is that kid bald?"
post #95 of 116
I hate Calliou. My reasons are a bit different from everyone else's though.

1. I hate the way it's always in dream sequence. The outer part of the picture is just white. It's like a coloring book where there are no defined lines for the end of the picture. I can't stand it.

2. I hate the cutesy house with the crown moulding with hearts. It reminds me of that fad of apples in kitchens, or pigs, or cows. It all drives me insane.

3. I hate that it's on PBS or Sprout which both have commercials for things we don't use like Lysol and McDonalds.

We're a Noggin family (okay I know it's Nick Jr now, but I just can't make myself admit it yet). Little Bear and Yo Gabba Gabba for us!
post #96 of 116
I hate Caillou. DS1 watched it very briefly, and it drove me nuts. I don't think dd1 or ds2 have ever seen it. I don't like his voice - not so much whiny, as just totally annoying. I also don't like the "gentle" parenting. It's totally unrealistic, because they don't have real life stresses. (I remember one where the sister was hiding, and one of the parents was making cookies. The sister went missing or something, so the rest of the family searched the house for her. They found her, and everybody was happy, and they got back to the kitchen just in time to pop a perfect, fresh batch of homemade cookies out of the oven. If all my life crises resolved themselves that perfectly, I'd never lose my temper or raise my voice, either. Let's be real - the cookies would have probably been a blackened mass of scorched crud.) It just grates on my nerves.
post #97 of 116
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Only thoughts I have when I see Caillou is "Why is that kid bald?"
Because Charlie Brown is bald, and because Calvin (his other model) means "bald."

There was one episode of Caillou that I really liked where his parents were having trouble holding it together. The animation of them struggling to contain their tempers was pretty funny.
post #98 of 116
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2. I hate the cutesy house with the crown moulding with hearts. It reminds me of that fad of apples in kitchens, or pigs, or cows. It all drives me insane.
I saw a house in Toronto that looked almost exactly like Caillou's house. I always assumed the artist who designed Caillou's house had seen that house in Toronto, and copied it.
post #99 of 116
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Originally Posted by lolar2 View Post
Because Charlie Brown is bald, and because Calvin (his other model) means "bald."

There was one episode of Caillou that I really liked where his parents were having trouble holding it together. The animation of them struggling to contain their tempers was pretty funny.
Charlie Brown is not actually bald, he has flesh coloured hair as can been seen by the outline of his bangs.
post #100 of 116
i read through the first page only, so excuse me if i'm repeating!

I keep seeing people saying that Caillou's parent's are gentle- I see them as downright permissive.
I am basing this off of the (mercifully) few episodes I watched while babysitting. Especially one where Caillou had a shirt that no longer fit him, and his mom handed it down to the little sister (awesome.. reusing, budget friendly..) but he threw such a dang fit that the mom took the shirt off the sister and gave it back to him. it didn't fit him anymore and his belly was hanging out. I get that she was trying to show him that too-small clothes aren't comfortable, but what did that teach the little sister? That when Caillou pitches a fit she loses? So she should pitch fits too, and then maybe she'll get her way too?
They seem to just give him what he wants after he starts whining. I get it, all kids whine sometimes. But my ideal response to whining and throwing a fit is not just giving in. I don't think thats "gentle", I think thats permissive and not a good lesson for life.
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