i love the wonder pets. so does peanut. so does dp. i think that it deals with a TON of things that little kids experience, that we as parents might not think of. i mean, the episode with the caterpillar and the inchworm? and the lessons about patience, and change being hard, but not always bad? these are things that i tend to forget that peanut doesn't know.
now, i'll say to her, 'come on! let's get your shoes, so we can get in the carseat and go to the park!' and if she's doing something else, she goes 'be patient mommy! almost done.' which is snarfworthy, but there you have it.
plus, i think in comparison to a lot of other kiddy shows, it's like, oscar material. i'd watch wonderpets 24-7 over farking elmo, or thomas the facist train engine. i mean, i'd rather her lessons from TV be things like, teamwork, and such, than be USEFUL! or, get in the shed cuz you're a naughty engine! (we only watched thomas a few times before i nixed it.)
i dunno. dp says i overthink kiddy programing. i disagree. i feel like, when we use tv, i want it to be educational, but i also want it to reflect, as much as possible, the values that we're trying to raise peanut with. so, for me, i want to raise a daughter with a healthy self image, who thinks for herself, who is kind to others, and so on. i also don't want to watch things with overtly punitive consequences for the characters, like thomas, or noddy.
the bearenstein bears tend to be up my ally, even though the mom wears that awful housecoat/bonnet deal. while i'm not crazy about the typifying roles the parents have, i think the manner in which they deal with their children is fantastic. it's gentle, and kind, and there's no 'you are SO NAUGHTY! GO AWAY!' sort of thing. we like wonderpets, and also the backyardigans (okay. i LOVE the backyardigans. LOVE. THEM. i've been in the car by myself, and listened to the CDs we have. yeah. sad. lame. that's me. i said it.) and kipper, even though they're ALWAYS losing arnold.
i HATE angelina ballerina. i think she's the epitome of the spoiled brat prototype. i like alice, but i wish they'd give her her own spin-off, sans angelina the whiny little sh!t. i HATE make way for noddy, and how the goblins are ALWAYS bad, and tessie bear is ALWAYS good, and mr plod PUNISHES people and puts them in jail and stuff, without trying to determine why the goblins are so bad, and he never tries to help them to be good.
so there you have it. my entirely too long answer. no, ming ming the duck isn't racist. and i lurve the wonderpets.