Wednesday, October 20, 2010

annoying or freakishly charming?

(I'm taking a break from Real Content today. Come! Join me in the silliness!)

In my journey of parenthood, it has occurred to me that many of the things that are geared toward children straddle the line between annoying and freakishly charming so carefully that I can't decide if these things are just fine, or if I want to literally claw my eyes out and place them in a lead-lined box for the irritation.

In honor of this conundrum, I present to you a new feature here at The Creamery:

freakishly charming

The new pbs Cat in the Hat, specifically Martin Short as The Cat. And more specifically still, his singing.
What do you say? Annoying or freakishly charming?

Curious George's monkey voice. The aeeee eeeee ieeeee.
Annoying? Or freakishly charming?
(You don't have to watch the whole 2 minutes and 9 seconds to make your choice)

Super Grover Version 2.0.

I'm talking about the New and Improved, Updated and Tricked Out Super Grover (version 2.0!). And frankly, I'm not sure if I should even ask, because I have a very strong opinion about this one, but nevertheless: Is he annoying or freakishly charming?

SuperWhy. There's a laundry list of things to say here, a veritable cloud of, um, let's just say quirkiness from SuperWhy that is sure to either totally unhinge someone, or melt them into a puddle of cuteness. Let's leave it at: the song, the retelling of stories in weird and totally inaccurate ways, and this, which Bean has taken to repeating at odd times during the day: Peas and carrots, carrots and peas! Come out book, please please please!

What do you think? Annoying or freakishly charming?

And just in case you think this is limited to toddler pop culture: What say you about Pat Sajak's hair?

Annoying or freakishly charming?

My answers (and disclaimers) coming tomorrow. But I do want to know what you think--- and do you have any others to add to the list?


Rose said...

We have the Curious George movies, and we would vote for that on freakishly charming.

Bird said...

I think Curious George is so annoying and if it didn't occupy Fussbot for hours on end, I would totally ban it without another thought.

As for Super Why: I've never seen it but we were given a toy based on the show and it keeps spurting out these random phrases "Cue the sparkles! Cue the music!" and such and frankly I put it in the storage unit with the batteries on hoping to drain the sucker of all life forever. So yes, annoying as well.

Grover will always have a soft spot in my heart, remade or not.

Bethsix said...

Cat in the Hat - I'm on the fence. I don't see Martin Short as particularly Cat-LIKE, but I do like the idea of Dr. Seuss being animated and made real for the smallest among us.

Curious George's monkey voice - Annoying. Not horrifying, but I like the looks of him much better than the sounds.

Super Grover 2.0 - I was unaware of this new development, so I watched some clips. I'm going to go with Freakishly Charming. Grover has always been my very Favorite of ALL muppets, so he has a special place in my heart, but even without that, I think he's pretty great, even version 2.0. Teaching kids to problem solve and investigate... awesome.

SuperWhy just freaks me out. My kids watch it sometimes. I don't understand it. It's beyond annoying; words don't do it justice.

Pat Sajak's hair - Annoying As Hizzle. Kindof inspires some violence in me, actually.

To add to the list: Sid the Science Kid... I actually kinda like this one, but the whole SAME DANCE every episode is ANNOYING, and that one kid... the girl with the glasses... OHMYGOSH... If she were real, I would really want to HURT her.