Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obsessed With Captain Huggy-Face

Please don't tell my husband (the incomparable yet curmudgeonly Cap'n Coupon) but he may not be my favorite Captain anymore. 

Does anyone else share my obsession with the show "Word Girl" and more specifically, with her side-kick Captain Huggy Face?  It is so awesome.  It teaches vocabulary and proper word choices.  Two lessons I obviously am in desperate need of.  We love it almost as much as Phineas and Ferb.  And the best part?  At the end of every show, Huggy Face does a dance and acts out the meaning of a word and it's often the happiest moment of my day.  I know what that says about me.

I love Captain Huggy Face so much that if he were real, I would steal him from Word Girl. I would drive him around in the Big White Tampon tucked gently into his carseat and take him to his playdates and make him banana smoothies and he would sleep in the bed with me in footie pajamas and be my little buddy forever. And we would dance.

But he's not real.  So I make due with the cartoon.  Which is probably good because only crazy people have monkeys.

Whatever anyone in my house is doing we all stop and come running when someone yells: "HUGGGGYYYY  FAAAAAACCCE!"  Then we all try to do the dance.  The we rewind it maybe ten more times.  The really sad thing is, we've been doing this every day for like two years. The really, really sad thing is that we always pay special attention to all of his facial expressions and we copy those too.


There is good news, though. I thought no one in the world loved Huggy Face and his dancing better than me, but that was before Mini-Mini-Me very selfishly took it all over.  Huggy Face? Hers? Anyone else tries to dance? "No. You stop NOW. Dat's my Huggy Face."

But the good news is that this is the first indication that she may try to use her considerable powers for good, rather than evil.  Then again, this could all be a ploy.  She could be trying to trick us into thinking she's working to defeat villainy and poor word choices when in fact, it's just step one of her plan for world domination.  With this kid, its kind of hard to tell.

Because Mini is not a sell out.  A lot of kids her age like Elmo. She's like: meh.  A lot of kids like Dora, perhaps because the sound of Dora's voice makes mommy leave the room, increasing opportunities for mischief and mayhem.  But not Mini.  Every time Dora asks a question that supposed to elicit a response from the audience, like: "Do you like to dance?" or "What's your name?" or "Do you enjoy traversing crocodile-infested waters with no parental supervision?", Mini screams "NO!"  And that's awesome because we all know that screaming "NO!" is the 2 year old equivalent of flipping somebody off. 

So as you can see, there's actually a chance that Captain Huggy Face is going to be a good influence on my precious little cupcake baked by the devil.  Which is another reason why I love him and feel that he should be promoted from sidekick to all-powerful simian overlord of super heroes.

The. End.

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22 comments:

  1. Awesome. I don't usually comment on your blog (although I always read it) but this time I had to. Because I too LOVE Wordgirl. It is possibly the most clever and funny cartoon on. I have tried to get my six year old to do the Huggy Face dance but so far she refuses to learn it. (Sad face).

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  2. I love, love, love Captain Huggyface, too! I have awesome footage of my 3-year-old doing the dance to "flabbergasted" and "delighted" - how much do I love a show that has taught my 3-year-old the word flabbergasted?? Word Up!

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  3. I love WordGirl too. And when my 5 year old son saw the video link, he said "Mama! It's Captain Huggy Face! Play it play it playitplayitplayitplayitplayit PLAY IT!" Then he did the dance in perfect time. Don't judge me. He's been home with strep too many times this winter and WordGirl is on NetFlix. It's educational. So is Phineas and Ferb. Two of the best shows ever created.

    And now it's time for my medicine. ;)

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  4. I want to see that dance...the one where you do the one-handed hand-stand and break-dance...yeah, I think *that* would be intensely funny...well, okay it would be hilarious if *I* tried it!

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  5. My 5 year old niece has been dressing up as Word Girl for the past year and a half.....not just for Halloween either. She regularly wears the full costume. However, she has not convinced her older sister to dress as Huggy Face yet. She may have better luck getting her father to though.

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  6. My son actually has a Huggy Face toy that has a magnetic butt and a little "remote control" magnet thing. So you point the control at Huggy Face and he spins and spins and spins and spins, you get the point. It came out of a Wendy's kids meal like a year or so ago. I actually find it pretty entertaining too :)

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  7. I love this blog so much, I want to marry it. Not you guys, cause I'm not gay but this blog...who cares? I love it. Your words make me feel so great and NORMAL. I searched for a blog that talked about how crazy I am with one kiddo and I found yours. I love that you rant and then remind us how much you love your children. It's awesome!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  8. Word up! We love Word Girl at our house! I even regularly catch the 12 and 10 year-olds watching with their 5 year-old brother.

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  9. OMG that is the awesome-est thing I have seen today!! I wish we had PBS kids on our Satellite! My little one loved Sid the Science Kid and Super Why too! He would LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this little guy!

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  10. I have not caught this show, although I'll have to check it out. But I died laughing at the "screaming "NO!" is the 2 year old equivalent of flipping somebody off" comment! My daughter is only 22 months old, so not quite two, but man she loves that word. Now every time she says it I'm going to picture her little finger flying up at me. Thanks a lot! LOL

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  11. Uh oh... looks like this house is about to get a new cartoon. This one sounds like it'll compliment Super Whyy very nicely! Sad that I'm excited to have a new cartoon, um, for my DAUGHTER.

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  12. Yay! We dance with Captain Huggyface, too! Well, I usually laugh too hard, but you get my point. We're getting a new dog and I'm pretty sure that Captain Huggyface will be his name.

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  13. Cool Mum doesn't like Word Girl, but it has a cool retro style to it. Much better than Word World, too, with its strange letter-constructed animals.

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  14. Aaaaaaaaaaaand with that I am forced to admit that I'm going to have to read your blog in the early mornings now that I have an outside job, because trying not to laugh in our dead-silent office may give me (another) hernia. I LOVE it that mini-me yells "NO!" at Dora!

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  15. We watch it because I love the theme song and Captain Huggyface.

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  16. I have never seen this Word Girl before! (how can that be??!) But I am instantly in love ;)

    I like to put on sneaky educational cartoons too...there is one called Word world (I think that's what it's called) and my youngest LOVES LOVES Team Umizoomi, which is difficult to come across...so when I see it's gonna be on, I yell and she comes running...and dancing ;)

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  17. I love Word Girl but have only seen it a handful of times and must admit to not really paying attention to the Captain. I will now though.

    My 2 yo son loves The Backyardigans and also loves to do the dance at the beginning & end of the show (it's too cute) and if I start to do it with him he yells, "No, Mommy No". I guess it's just for him to do. It will be sad when the day comes that he doesn't carelessly dance to computer generated cartoons anymore...

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  18. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!
    I try to do the dance every day too

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  19. ooooohhhh, must add to DVR!!!!!!

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  20. I'm 50, no kids, and I Love Wordgirl and Capt Huggyface! I'm one of the presently unemployed and the show gives me a much needed boost. It's so well-written, clever and hilariously funny. It's great to see a smart girl being smart, but still only ten.

    I went to a lecture by some guys from The Onion about writing comedy. And one of them asked, "Does anyone watch Wordgirl?" I was the only one who raised my hand in a packed auditorium. He went on to say that he and other comedy writers write for the show. All of a sudden I was cool :)

    Beau Handsome and the narrator also crack me up. I just wish more of my friends would catch my Wordgirl references. Great post! Glad I'm in good company.

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  21. I LOVE Captain Huggyface! I want a t-shirt
    with all his funny faces/words on the back and the dance on the front...

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  22. Two year olds shouldn't be watching television.

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