Dora the Explorer: I'm confuddled as to where this little girls' parents are. I know they exist, because I've seen them once or twice, but it seems they have a lot of "alone time" without their kid. While we're on the subject, why is Dora allowed to run around with a monkey who is smart enough to talk and problem solve but wears nothing besides a pair of red boots? So many questions!
Caillou: I'm sorry to say this, but the only thing I like about Caillou is the opening song. My four year old, however, adores this cartoon and has many laugh out loud moments watching it. After the opening credits, it's usually not long before Caillou starts whining "Mommieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" At that point I make a fast exit to do laundry or something else productive like tweeting. "Mommieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"does a much better job of dealing with Caillou's drama-queen behavior than I would. Plus the poor lady is apparently never going to end the mystery of whether she is in an eternal state of pregnancy or just wearing six layers of clothing.
The Cat in the Hat: Hated it! I mean who lets their kids go to a place called "Tikitaroo" with a talking cat, who already knows the parents are negligent and "won't mind at all if you do?"
and last but certainly not least is:
Max and Ruby: There seems to be running theme of parental absence and neglect in this list. While Dora's folks at least make an occasional showing, Max and Ruby's parents are nonexistent, and their next of kin, Grandma Bunny is widowed and lives alone. This leaves bossy control freak Ruby to bathe, feed, shop, cook, clean and look after Max--who always outsmarts her despite only speaking in one to two word sentences. I think this warrants a closer look by
There are more, but that's a general look at some of the cartoons that lean against a few of my nerves.