There seems to be a growing trend in children’s cartoons, and frankly, it’s affecting my mental health, and also those around me.
I first noticed it with a certain cartoon character that we call at the Non Stepford House as, ‘that whiny little bald freak’. (Hey, I’m trying to avoid possible legal action, you never know when someone might slap you with a lawsuit for using the actual name in a negative manner).
Having six children, and not being an anti-television home, I get exposed to a LOT of children’s programming over the years.
So. There’s That Whiny Little Bald Freak, or TWLB. If you’ve ever seen the show, you know *exactly* which one I’m referring to. If you haven’t, be glad. Be very, very glad.
He was the first, that I noticed. Whine, whine, whine. Mommy and Daddy pander to his whining, instead of reacting like any *normal* parent would, and stick his whiny butt in a time out, and teach him that the world doesn’t revolve around him and his demands. And his little sister, who actually whines LESS than he does, and has to go along with his crap too.
Then, along came another show, where the kids have these LARGE, LARGE imaginary friends. And the one kid is bossy, opinionated, lies, and is, frankly, THAT kid.
You know the kid I mean.
We’ve all had a run in with THAT kid. The one, that, God help you, you wish you’d never have to see again. They are mouthy, loud, and just miserable to deal with, both as an adult, and on behalf of your kid. Inevitably, THAT kid tends to also have THOSE parents. You know, the ones that think that their kid is the most speshulest snoughflayke that ever was, a blessing to everyone around them, who ought to be lauded for breathing, and nothing is ever, EVER the fault of speshul snoughflayke. It’s the other kids being jealous, other parents being jealous, or not understanding the SPECIALNESS of their child, whatever. Never, ever to be considered that the child actually needs limits, discipline, and to be taught to be a considerate, polite individual.
And they think that only homeschoolers have social issues.
But I digress.
The latest in my “how does this get on the air?!” rant is a show about a kid who wears armour. And has two dragons.
And again, is obnoxious, bossy, and whiny. But everyone is loving and sharing, and forgives him, he’s learned his lesson…until the next episode, where he finds another thing to be obnoxious, whiny and bossy about.
And he has a sister too, that has to put up with his crap. What is it with little sisters in kids cartoons?
Terror Toddler Boo loves this show, for some unknown reason. Wolf watches, shouting encouragement for the dragons to finally EAT the kid. Or roast him inside his armour, like a potato in tin foil. Or squish him underfoot, and give new meaning to the term, ‘toe jam’. He also thinks the trolls on the show should just make the kid into soup or something. Anything. Just get rid of him.
Can we please take obnoxious behaviour off of the character qualities for children’s cartoon characters? Please?
Or have one of the dragons eat the kid.
Either would be fine.
Frankly, it makes me long for the cartoons we grew up with. Anvils falling on heads. Bad guys blowing themselves up by accident. Coyotes who seemingly have a credit card to order all manner of devices to catch a bird, but never bother to order a pizza.
At least nobody was whining.