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What cartoons do you let your toddler watch? - Page 2post #22 of 2712/19/13 at 3:12pm
We don't have TV but we stream from Netflix. My dd is obsessed with a show called Yakari, and we really like it too. Each show is only 10 min. and there are two per episode. It is about a Sioux boy who has been given the gift of speaking with animals. We also like Shaun the Sheep and Daniel the Tiger.post #23 of 2712/21/13 at 11:42ampost #24 of 2712/21/13 at 11:46am
Yakari sounds adorable!!
My little guy is ALL about Fraggle Rock! We watch with my 11 year old, who also loves it! (and watched it as a little one, too.) It was one of my favorite childhood shows as a kid, so I love getting to share that part of my own childhood with them!
Oh, and speaking of my childhood shows, I found David the Gnome on netflix, too, but my little guy isn't big into it :/post #25 of 2712/21/13 at 11:53amQuote:Originally Posted by LunaLady
We watch Little Bear on Amazon Prime. That and Dinosaur Train are the only shows I let him watch. I haven't found anything else that I can approve.
Thomas particularly boils my blood. He loves trains so we tried a few episodes of that and it was AWFUL! So negative and shaming and back stabbing... I was shocked.
I thought i was the only one who thought that about Thomas.
My kiddos watch dinosaur train and sesame street. I hate almost all children's tv, so they also get the occasional old school episode of Classic Doctor Who when i'm about to lose my mind if I hear "ALL ABOARD! TICKETS! TICKETS PLEASE!" .post #26 of 2712/22/13 at 11:38am
We tried Yakari and I'm sad I can't recommend that one. I also saw a show similar about an Amazon native boy and his adventures, but in the first few minutes there was shaming and lying and name calling. I just don't get it.
We tried David the Gnome about a year ago and my son didn't find it interesting, but I'd love to try again. I really, really loved that show as a kid!
We have been watching Aristocats here and there and also Disney's Sword in the Stone and both of those are okay. There's no blatant stuff in either of them.
Currently, my dh and son are watching Thomas with the sound off. Boy looooooves trains.post #27 of 2712/24/13 at 7:09amQuote:We tried Yakari and I'm sad I can't recommend that one. I also saw a show similar about an Amazon native boy and his adventures, but in the first few minutes there was shaming and lying and name calling.
Oh! I am curious what your take was on Yakari, specifically. I also checked out the Amazon boy one and did not like it, but I though the benefits of Yakari out weighed some of the problems.
I'll shortly explain why I was OK with Yakari. I guess there are many concerns by which to judge a cartoon. In fact, there are very few cartoons that I like at all. What I am typically most sensitive to is materialism and any pro-consumer messages that the cartoon implicitly or explicitly endorses. This describes most of the cartoons on TV. So, with Yakari, I was happy to find that the children were always outside, imagining, problem solving, learning sensitivity to nature (tracking animals, admiring the seasons, learning about the circle of life), developing kindness to animals and overcoming different obstacles of being a growing human (problems with friends, pride issues, selfishness, scary dreams, conflicted feelings about eating meat). They only play with a few toys, that they make. I think the cartoon makers try to capture some of the real-life goings-on of the Sioux people. But this is also where I think they fall short. Anyhow, it certainly takes many liberties and is quite fantastical, but I deemed it OK.
Thanks! I like to get other opinions to weigh against my own summations.
Edited by RebeloveMa - 12/24/13 at 7:42am
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