Thursday, April 5, 2012

Is it Just Me? I Want Backstory on Kids TV Shows

I sometimes think I'm the only one who wonders about bizarro things like if the Blue Wiggle is hot in real life* or what the hell happened to the redheaded girl from the Fresh Beat Band? Do you ever wonder about things like that, too?

Please say yes.

Obviously, I have young kids and we watch TV and I have no life. Don't judge me. Recently I noticed that a bunch of kids shows that I haven't seen in a while are back on the air. Like Charlie and Lola - YAY!

Also, LazyTown. You know about that one, right? It used to be on Nickelodeon about 5 years ago, but now I think it's on somewhere else and it's has a couple of humans in the cast (including a lovely little girl) but it's mostly profoundly disturbing puppets. The other humans are Sportacus (the hero, who wants everyone to exercise and not eat candy) and Robbie Rotten (the villain, who just freaks me out beyond measure).

Anyway, last night on Facebook I posted the following:

And your comments cracked me up. Because it turns out I am not alone in thinking about these things. Now, I'll be 100% honest - the show has a great message and I totally understand why people like it. I just think it's scary because I'm mentally unbalanced. And my weirdometer goes off when I see any of the LazyTown characters (expect for the little girl, who as I said before is adorable. But I worry for her. All alone in that town full of scary puppets).

This is all magnified by the fact that when the credits run, it appears that the dude who plays Sportacus (Magnus Sheving) pretty much runs the show behind the scenes, from producing it down to making the coffee. And practically every shot on the show is of his nether regions in snug-fitting track pants. So of course, because I'm a total whack job and your comments hinted on him having some neat backstory, I'm all: "I MUST GOOGLE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH LAZYTOWN RIGHT NOW." And also, laundry needed folding so this was a much better use of my time.

This is what I found, hookers! Turns out he's a big f*cking deal (as our esteemed VP Mr. Joe Biden would say) in Iceland, where he's from. He's a world class athlete (gymnastics) and a celebrated entrepreneur. And this is what he looks like:

As Sportacus with the Snidely Whiplash mustasche:

And in real life:
Oh. Well... Hi there.

That sweet girl who was in the show with the pink hair is now attending an excellent 4 year college and learned fluent Icelandic while filming the show on location in Magnus's homeland. Good for you, sweetie - far away high five!

But here's the big thing. Wait for it... Robbie Rotten. His real name is Stefán Karl Stefánsson. This is what he looks like as Robbie:
Creepy as a motherfunker.

And this is what he looks like in real life (or on Wikipedia, pretty much the same thing):
SAY WHAT?!

So here's what I'm thinking. Now that I've found out more about LazyTown, I need to find out what's going on with the red haired girl from The Fresh Beat Band, because something happened there. Let's hope it's interesting. Maybe the position of "red haired girl in the Fresh Beat Band" is something akin to "Spinal Tap drummer". Who knows - I sort of hope not because she seemed very nice and I would hate for her to have died in a bizarre gardening accident. 

Also? I want to know how the yellow Wiggle is doing, the one who got sick and had to quit. And you know what else? I want to find out why no Bubble Guppies songs are available for download on iTunes. I mean - what is the point in writing an ear-worm melody that is played 10,000 times if I can't put it on my damn iPod?

So, if you have any questions like this - and you want me to get you some answers - leave them here for me in the comment section. I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN. Unless a Google search doesn't yield anything in which case, sorry but I probably will let you down a little.

xo, Lydia

*The Blue Wiggle is very attractive in real life. Very.

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011

304 comments:

  1. The red head left because she got engaged and wanted to pursue other projects. (according to her website) Also I think They are going to release a bubble guppies album soon because there is a guppies song the fresh beat band album as a bonus track if you buy the whole album.

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    1. I heard that too - but I thought it was kind of silly the way they brought in the new Marina and expected the kids not to notice it was a different girl! Sure, they're kids, but they aren't idiots - they know what's up. Lol, couldn't they have just given her a new character and said Marina was going off to college or some special music school like they did when Steve left Blue's Clues? (Also, the old Marina was way cuter and could sing better...but that's just my opinion...)

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    2. The old Marina was too fake, I like the new Marina better. The husband likes the original better. Now I have to go analyze why I even care about this and why I would even have that conversation with my husband. I became a sahm and my brain turned to mush!

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    3. I like the new Marina better too! I don't know what the hubs thinks but I'll ask him.
      Did anyone else see that "music video" on NickJr....I think it was something about groundhogs but I SWEAR it was Steve from Blues Clues singing but his hair was close shaved and (not gonna lie) I think he looked pretty hot.....What ever happened to HIM??
      Also, what is that Oobi show with the hand puppets? I have nightmares....

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    4. It was Steve in the groundhogs video! He had a shaved head which threw me off. I liked the old Marina, my husband likes the new one. I completely agree the old Marina could sing much better, the powers that be at the show must think so too because new Marina doesn't have as many solo singing parts ;o)

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  2. Ha - I looked up Lazy Town on imdb a while back because I, too, noticed that name all over the credits.
    I just wonder how in the world some kids' show get produced in the first place, and then AIRED - you know, the wildly inappropriate ones full of violence and bad behavior. Any ideas? Do programmers just not care?

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  3. This is the best post ever! I always wonder about these things, and am very interested to stalk all of the comments and future posts to see what else I can discover!

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  4. Good News! The yellow wiggle is coming back! Go look it up, I'm not kidding. I guess he's feeling better and besides the other guy kinda sucked anyway. YAY for the Yellow Wiggle!

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  5. Ummm...okay then. I suffered through many, many episodes of Lazy Town when my youngest was Nick Jr. age. I had NO CLUE that Sportacus and Robbie were so watchable. Boy, they need to do a grown-up show. Maybe a roommate sitcom...with lots of shirtless time?

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    1. You know, I hate LazyTown. I don't care if they're all healthy and stuff. But I would be completely happy with Sportacus and Robbie having their own show, provided they don't wear the costumes. (Sorry, didn't mean for that to sound so suggestive.) Excellent idea!

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  6. I have a question, why does it seem like I am the only that looks at spongebob and picked up on all the nasty sexual slang present in every single aspect of the show? I mean, am I the only one who finds it disturbing? I can't tell you the number of people I have had to explain it all to. Please tell me my mind isn't the furthest in the gutter here.

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    1. Erin, that's exactly why my girls aren't allowed to watch SpongeBob! I must have the same mindset as you...I just tell them it's a "grown-up cartoon", like Family Guy, and that's why they can't watch it.

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    2. You are not alone, Erin! I feel the exact same way. Too disturbing and sexual to be a kids show. *Shudder*

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    3. Spongebob is the downfall of society, I'm convinced of it.

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    4. Sooo with you on this one! Spongebob is not allowed at all ... ever!

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    5. Okay, good, I feel better now. My kid is so well trained that if it comes on tv he will find me anywhere in the house to come and change the channel. It's awesome.

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    6. Lol. Spongebob was the first thing I ever child-blocked on cable! Yo Gabba Gabba with its big red dildo guy was the next....

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  7. Look up LazyTown Lil Jon remix. Make sure your kids are NOT around when you watch the video!

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  8. I think about children's tv way too often. We try really hard not to question the shows cause it makes us a little crazy. But sometimes I just can't help myself.

    Why is Mr. Topenhat called the Fat Conductor in some Thomas seasons but not in others?

    How does Tyron get his shirt on over his antlers? I don't see any buttons on it.

    Where are Max and Ruby's parents?

    What the heck were the creators of Yo Jabba Jabba on? And if they were sober, why hasn't someone had their mental health assessed yet? Seriously! What is up with that show? It is so weird.

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    1. yes! I have always wondered about Max and Ruby's parents.. and how come Max isn't in early intervention for his speech problem.. one word every half hour?! that would drive me nuts!

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    2. Having married into a family (hubby and father-in-law) of super train fans, and born two train lovers myself, we have watched a LOT of Thomas. The show originated in the UK, so their terminology is different. Check out the early (British) episodes narrated by Ringo Starr. The "Fat Controller" bit cracks me up. But I LOVE the fact that George Carlin narrated a lot of episodes, too; hilarious, because it seems wildly unrealistic that he could clean up his language long enough not to drop in f-bombs while on Sodor!

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    3. Is it just me or is Ruby going to grow up to be the Target Lady ala Kristen Wig, but with a bitchy edge....

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    4. I have been wondering about the rabbit parents as well. Also, the voice of Ruby sounds suspiciously like the psycho stalker "Rose" from 2.5 Men. I'm just saying. And I had even wondered what was wrong with Max that he can't talk. All his other faculties appear to be fine. On Thomas, the fact that George Carlin AND Alec Baldwin have narrated blow my mind. 'Octonauts' is a new favorite here, and I'm wondering why it seems that character names feel a bit racist. The Hispanic penguin's name is "Peso".

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    5. fuschia - you are cracking me up! hysterical - and i, too, have wondered these same things.

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    6. In a few of the early episodes there is also a "thin controller" to contrast with the "Fat Controller" - and I've never liked the emphasis on weight that's often on the show :')

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    7. I find it very disturbing that one of the Yo Gabba Gabba characters looks like my vibrator... They must have been on VERY good drugs when they created that show.

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    8. I've always said that Yo Gabba Gabba is exactly what a children's show created by the Black Eyed Peas would look like.

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  9. The yellow wiggle recently annouced he is coming back and the replacement yellow wiggle will be leaving. It caused a bit of controversy over here not to long ago with the annoucement. My little boy isn't into the wiggles yet (and hopefully not ever) so I don't follow them too closely but it made national news.

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    1. I miss the old wiggles! New wiggles is all crazy.. Old wiggles was so simple.. and I always thought that those guys should've produced an exercise video with all that choreography

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    2. Yep, my kids are boycotting any wiggles without Sam. They liked Sam best and are not interested in watching anything with Greg in it - they have always been like this, had to give back all the old wiggles dvds we got cos they refused to watch them! Caused some major drama here in Australia, with people expressing their preference for Sam or Greg and people reacting badly to others comments. It was kinda funny. Also there were allegations made how it was handled - Sam getting the rotten end of the deal etc etc.

      Also EWWWW that you think the blue wiggle is hot. He is old and decrepit and not that good looking in real life! He really isn't. I have seen him up close several times and I promise you there are much better looking men out there! :D But hey each to their own! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder etc etc.

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  10. My almost 4yo LOVES Lazytown and wants to eat "sports candy." But I, for one, am THRILLED with this post. Bc I think it is a creepy Big Brother freak show. The puppets give me the WILLIES!! You might also want to look into that Aussie show with the big heads. My son even calls it "Creepy Show." I guess it's self-explanatory, but who thought it looked cool and not like LSD gone BAD?? Also, I had already googled what was up with Marina. Bc I HATE the new huge mouth Marina. And the band sounds different;0( My son actually lost interest. I think, personally, there was a HUGE contract fight among the Fresh Beats. And I'm pretty sure those two chicks Hated each other. I mean, read between the lines. Kiki is a Mean Girl B witch, if I ever saw one! The boys just take it from her, but Kiki and Marina= Full On Dance Off Catfight. LOL;0) You're not the only sick one!!!!

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    1. I love your version of the Fresh Beat back story!!! Too funny.

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  11. Oh, good lord, I totally have a crush on Mr. Blue Wiggle, and have long wondered how the yellow one is doing! Thank you for becoming the patron saint of lost kid tv show causes.

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  12. I keep hitting my up arrow like an OCD scrolling enthusiast to look at real-life Robbie Rotten again. WHOA.

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    1. Ahaha...I'm so glad I'm not the only one who keeps doing that!!

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  13. I'm sorry, what was the question again? I try to finish your post and am constantly distracted by this beautiful, half-naked man. You want a recipe for something? Ha!

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  14. Blue Wiggle is attractive - and married. Sorry! Original Yellow Wiggle is back. We live in NZ, Wiggles are Australian (think Canada-USA closeness). It was big news when original Yellow came back because new Yellow was unceremoniously dumped.

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  15. The original yellow Wiggle is now back with the band! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-18/yellow-wiggle-returns/3780256

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  16. The yellow Wiggle who got sick (Greg) got better 5 years later and they kicked the new yellow Wiggle (Sam) out so that Greg could come back.

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  17. The Blue Wiggle (Anthony) has always been hot, especially when he was in a rock 'n roll band called the Cockroaches way back in the 80s - I remember going to see them in several pubs in Sydney. Original Yellow Wiggle (Greg) has recently re-claimed the Yellow skivvy from Yellow Wiggle v2 (Sam), which made front page news here in Australia - very controversial, did Sam Wiggle jump or was he pushed?. Red, Yellow and Blue Wiggles all met at Teachers College aeons ago, Purple Wiggle was a roadie for aforementioned band The Cockroaches. Brother of Blue Wiggle was also in the band.
    Yellow Wiggle v1 helped set up an Elvis Museum in a small country town called Parkes by donating his Elvis memorabilia. There is an Elvis festival there every year. Red Wiggle has an extensive collection of guitars. I know hugely too much about The Wiggles.
    Waaaay ahead of you Googling Sportacus!!!
    Huge crush on Robbie-Rotten-in-real-life

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  18. I bet there are some interesting things to learn about dj lance - yo gabba gabba

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    1. Like the fact that it isn't his voice!

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    2. What??? Not his voice? What are you talking about? I freakin' LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba....the crazy celebrity cameos keep me coming back for more!

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  19. haha! this post cracked me up. as for the wiggles story, they kicked out stand-in yellow guy (sam) in the most inappropriate fashion and brought back the old guy who got sick.

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  20. Re Yo Gabba Gabba. I would like to know how tall are Brobee and Muno? And why Fufa sounds like a drunk sorority girl? And where are the eye holes on the costumes? And why the design inspiration for the character costumes seem to be the adult toy store?

    I heard the red headed Fresh Beat left to get married.

    What about Steve from Blues Clue? How is he these days?

    What happened to Max and Ruby's parents?

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    1. HA! Yes to ALL the Yo Gabba Gabba points! ESPECIALLY the costumes looking like adult toy store wares!
      There are essays and blogs galore regarding Max and Ruby's parents...

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    2. Agree with you on Max and Ruby's parents!!

      Steve has a rock band now!

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    3. Omg, the red thing on yo gabba gabba looks like a dildo for real! hahahaha!

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    4. I was wondering about the guy from Blue's Clues too....

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    5. How funny about Yo Gabba Gabba. I've always thought the costumes were a bit "off". I took my son to see them live last year. I have to say they did put on a great show

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    6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwmtkFPYXsg

      Here is a clip of Steve from Blues Clues on The Moth and it is excellent.

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    7. And the white guy on Gabba looks like a giant tampon.
      I always wonder about the people INSIDE those costumes. Like, that is seriously their job, but no one will EVER know who they are. How do you put that on a resume?

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  21. The original yellow wiggle is making a comeback! The new one, Sam, was basically just the hired help and his contract expired, so Greg is coming back. There was a big hoo-haa about it a couple of months ago because Sam apparently didn't know anything about it until the other wiggles announced it on a tv interview!

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  22. The yellow wiggle is now better and controversially back in the group, having shafted his replacement. It was big news down here, guessing not so much in the states! He only rejoined in the last couple of months

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  23. I believe I heard that the original Yellow Wiggle is coming back! And I was WAY too happy about said announcement.

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  24. I don't know about you, but I've had vivid preggo sex dreams about the blue wiggle and the red wiggle!

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me who has had crazy dreams about the Blue Wiggle :)

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  25. I will admit to googling "why does iCarly live with her brother?"

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    1. Carly lives with her brother because her dad is in the Navy (I think) and in a sub or stationed somewhere else that she can't go...Yes yes my daughter is a Carly fan.

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  26. Thanks to the wonder of Google, Yellow Wiggle Greg Page is still around. He released a book in 2011 about his life in the Wiggles and the illness that required him to leave the show. Depression afterwards etc. The homepage on his website states that he's returning to the Wiggles as "other-yellow-wiggle" is leaving. ( http://gregpage.com )
    My 9 yr old went through a Wiggles phase when he was small, and we saw them live here - it was a hilarious show. The first guitar chords were Stairway to Heaven, all the parents started to laugh and the kids had NO idea why :D

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  27. I wonder if Wyatt has a thing for Princess Pea on Super Why! And why those people who live on Sodor let ideas float around freely so they can fly into the trains' funnels and cause all kinds of confusion and delay. But I'm pretty sure those questions are not google-ble. *g*

    (and I also think the blue Wiggle is pretty hot.)

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  28. I've been so curious about the "red headed girl" because I can't like the new one! I just can't! And my daughter LOVES the bubble guppies song, so as soon as that album is out, I'll be buying that!

    And holy mother is Sporticus a damn hottie...I now Heart Iceland...

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  29. Are they casting hotties for children's shows so that the mommies are entertained by Googling the schmidt out of whatever piece of tripe their kids are watching?

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  30. If you're talking about Shayna Rose (red-head girl), good riddance, she was freaking annoying! She was on Days of our Lives too, fairly briefly thank goodness, cause oh my gah I can't STAND her!
    "In Mid June–July 2011, it was announced that Rose was leaving the show to get married and pursue other projects." Wikipedia

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  31. Greg over at Daddytypes has been following the Wiggles for years now. The old yellow wiggle is a wiggle once again. http://daddytypes.com/2012/01/19/beauty_mate_now_get_lost_greg_wiggle_is_back_other_yellow_wiggle_is_toast.php

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  32. I'm still wondering what motivated the awful decision to go from Blues Clues (which was more annoying with Joe at the helm, but still watchable) to the bizarre and terrible Blues Room.
    Also my hubby swears he saw Old Dirty Bastard on Sesame Street. I never saw it, but I could have missed something.

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  33. LazyTown and Fred The Show get immediately switched off in my house. LazyTown Creeps. Me. Out. I googled that LT dude and the red-haired FBB girl a while ago because I wondered the same things. Does "Fred" from Fred The Show sound like that in real life? Or is his voice digitally altered? Bubble Guppies has awesome music. I sing that song about going outside all the time. "Bubble Guppieeees!"

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  34. Ha. I spent twenty minutes last week Googling Steve from "Blue's Clues" because I wanted to see what he looked like without that striped shirt on. (Ooh, that sounded naughty!) Anyways, I found an old picture on Wikipedia of him with his head shaved and now I can't see him any other way...

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  35. Who are those guys that are always behind Sir Topham Hatt? Do RR Controllers need a posse?

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  36. You obviously don't like the Blue Wiggle as much as I do because I know his name is Anthony. Also, I was so psyched when I took my daughter to see the Wiggles and they all came out into the audience and Anthony was only a few feet away from me. Granted I was 6 months pregnant at the time, so can't really trust those feelings.

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  37. Try Googling the guy that did Moose A Moose's voice...he's a hottie too! I know that Joe from Blues Clues is now doing Bot's voice on Team Oomie Zoomie. Once I learned that I just see Joe when I hear Bot's voice.

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  38. I want to know where the parents are on Max and Ruby????

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  39. I just always wonder if I am the only mom who is completely skeeved by the giant red, dancing one eyed penis with geneital warts on Yo Gabba Gabba. That show is proof that people still do mad drugs in the new millenium.

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    1. You just made me spit out my coffee!!!!

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    2. I'm even more skeeved out by his cousin, the giant white maxi pad that cries. What the what?!?

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    3. I like to think that Muno is a toy from the adult store that is "textured for her pleasure. " And then there is the depressed white dildo on YGG. What is up with him? Always crying. And Fufa or Foofa. She is another product from the adult toy store.

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  40. I looooove Iceland & am thrilled to learn that the guys from LazyTown are from there :) Although I can't STAND that show!! It used to be on Saturdays when we had Nick Jr & FUH-REAKED me out...I don't think I could watch it every day. The puppets are the worst, WHY aren't they ALL real people?! I don't get it. Anyways, thanks for the lovely pics of the guys in real life! ;)

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    1. I think they aren't ALL real people because Stephanie (the little pink-haired girl) is from out of town. In the first episode, she comes to LazyTown from somewhere else to live with her uncle...so she's supposed to be different from everyone else...yes, I watch entirely too much of this...and pay waaaayyy tooo much attention to the storylines...

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  41. I am the exact opposite on Spongebob. I don't pay attention, I guess. I had NO IDEA it was inappropriate for children. My husband got so mad at me for letting them watch it and even buying a DVD. No clue.

    I wondered about Marina on Fresh Beat too. And on the Doodlebops what the back story was on the bus driver and all the actors on the show. Is the blue guy gay? Is the bus driver a punk rocker on his off days? I want to know!

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  42. I love to see where Steve from Blue's Clues is at now. Fred is distrubing, just as Jennifer says and I think he's a little gay...not that there's anything wrong with that. Just think he's swimming in the gentleman pond is all.

    I, too, have googled many different kid's TV shows because it's interesting to know backstories.

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    1. I did a little looking on Fred and apparently he's supposed to be a 5 year old boy. That's why they alter his voice and he acts like a spaz. Now that I have that idea in my head, a teen/twenty something playing a 5 year old, I find the show high-larious!

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  43. I often wonder where Max and Ruby's parents are. Max is incredibly patient with his bratty, know it all sister. I'd have punched her by now (and will admit to wanting to punch the TV when it's on!). I love the Fresh Beat Band and so does my son! :)

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  44. 1) I fell in love with the Wiggles when I took my then 2-year-old daughter to see them live, and they sang Hoop-dee-doo to the tune of Enter Sandman, and they also did a Stairway to Heaven bit. The parents ate it up! ;-)

    2) Steve was always way cooler than Joe any day.

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  45. bubble guppies: http://www.televisiontunes.com/Bubble_Guppies.html

    also, want to know the name of the rock band who had the girl with the pink hair. they were sooo cute!

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    1. The Doodlebops? What ever happened to them anyway?

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  46. lashawna boomshikaApril 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    how come Twist NEVER sings? I think they picked up on this discrepancy and have started to make him try. He sucks, but it is clear that Shout, Kiki and Marina are the vocalists.

    Marina 1.0 was very "mommy-esque" and blah.... not as fun/bubbly as Marina 2.0. I like her better and it is obvious that she and Kiki get along really well. They have kicked up the show since adding Marina 2.0 with better story lines and songs.

    How come the Junior Fresh Beat boys don't "match" Twist & Shout the way the Jr FBs match Marina and Kiki?

    How come Twist and Shout are the boys' names but Kiki and Marina have real names?

    Who is the choreographer for FBB? I watch them and it reminds me of jr. high cheerleading competition circa 2002.

    What is up with the Upside Down show?

    How come Wow Wow Wubbzy comes on so late at night, but Spongebob is on repeat from like 4p to 8p?

    where are Wubbzy's parents?

    Is Widget also Sandy? (The squirrel from Spongebob)

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    1. We LOVE the Upside Down Show at my house, lol!! They're Australian and they had the show for only like one or two seasons (which is why it's on repeats all the time). Apparently, the guys who do the show are a comedy team and they did all the voices on Maisy too. I think they're fun - but I've got a thing for "Jew-fros" too (is that too politically incorrect?? Idk what else to call it!) and David rocks his so...

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  47. Has anyone seen that show on the Disney Junior Channel, Gaspard and Lisa? What kind of animals are those things and why is every other character on the show, except Gaspard and Lisa and their families, human? And none of those humans finds anything odd about the walking on two legs and talking weird looking animal families? I just don't get it.

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  48. Steve from Blues Clues played a college age murderer on one of those cop/awyer shows: either Law and Order or Homicide: Life on the Street.

    We can go in the way back machine for me: (as you can see, I was disturbed by Sid and Marty Krofft)

    HR Pufnstuf: WTH? Why did that lovely little English boy go chasing a magic flute in a whacked out boat? What was so special about that flute? And what was HR Pufnstuff? An animal- a living sweet potato?

    Lidsville: Charles Nelson Reilly and Hats... really? Google it up sometime. You will be very disturbed.

    Sigmund The Sea Monster: If Sigmund could go to land and the Sea Monsters family was in the next cave- why waste all that time. And where were the parents? Two kids and a housekeeper but NO PARENTS.

    Land of the Lost: Are we supposed to believe that there is a space time continuum in a river? Now with the dinosaurs and the Sleestakes-- wouldn't they be different periods? Look at History-- upright man and dinosaurs did not exist together.

    Banana Splits: Why give an ice cream flavor with no ice cream? To be fair, I loved that opening with them at an amusement park. Tra la la...

    The 70's had tons of crazy kid programming- it makes the current programming look tame in comparison.

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  49. I used to work at the nickelodeon hotel in orlando and the lazytown cast came down to do a show there (this was like 7 years ago), let's just say that I could tell some stories about the sweet little girl. Aside from that I really love lazytown, and I have had a crush on Robbie rotten for awhile, glad to know it was totally unfounded.

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  50. What creeps me out more than lazy town....dirtworld..or dirt girl...or whatever is called.....seriously creepy looking main characters....i mean go google it....

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  51. My kids went through a Doodlebops phase, which made me cry for the future of children's programming and long for the days of Captain Kangeroo. I always wanted to know if the blue Doodlebop is gay. And if he is- I'm cool, I am down with it-I just wondered if it was a conscious decision by the show/actor to make him gay. I will confess that I actually googled why they got rid of their giant hands.

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    1. I believe I read somewhere that the actor who played the blue Doodlebop is gay. I don't know if that was written into the script too, probably not. I think he just is who he is and it came across. Funny I had the same question and was curious enough to google it so long ago!

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  52. Does anybody else wonder why the Dino Train pteradons are totally okay with a t rex living in their nest? Isn't the end game that Buddy the t rex is going to eat his brothers and sisters?

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    1. My husband constantly questions this show, which is a daily watch in our house. Not only about buddy eating the others (much less the other predators v prey) but time travel. I say who cares! My 2 1/2 year old knows about volcanoes, nocturnal animals & its totally adorable when he says "big-canoes, eye schwine, & dinodor names" Dino train = a smarty pants!

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  53. I researched the Yellow Wiggle long ago. His name is Greg Page. He used to have a fan forum on Proboards. I joined it. I had the most massive crush on him. Apparently he had/has some disease that causes wicked vertigo and he couldn't do the show anymore. They replaced him with sad-excuse-for-a-yellow-wiggle. Fortunately, the legit-yellow-wiggle is making a comeback. I have the picture from the article in the paper cut out and taped to my bookcase at work due to my love for him.

    All that from memory, snitches. Didn't even have to wiki.

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  54. Who knew Steve was a hottie, and Rotten Robbie and Sparticus... jebuz... I guess that all gives new meaning to mommy porn... I'm going to watch lazy town, thanks for the info ;)

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  55. Has anyone else seen "Dirt Girl World?" Does this freak anyone else out, or am I the only one thinks this show is just super-creepy looking?

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    1. Yes! Incredibly super-creepy looking!

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  56. I want to know what happened to max and ruby's mom and why is the annoying sister caring for max - where is the grandmother all day?

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  57. I bet Lazy town would get tons of viewers if they didn't wear those costumes.. hello! Who knew such hotness was hiding in that?

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  58. Maybe my husband and I live in the gutter, but why was it that Barney (back in the day) always snacked on huge pickles??? Now, my kids love pickles too (pickle slices)...but what other kids show serves pickles as a snack? My now 13 year old loved Barney back in the day and we had to watch it repeatedly. Thank goodness my younger two have disliked Barney since day one. But seriously, the question still remains.

    Our favorite kids show is Spongebob, but seriously....have they stopped making new ones?

    Why does Max and Ruby live by themselves? No parents are ever around and poor Ruby must always care for Max.

    The list of questions could go on and on...however I am only on my second cup of coffee. I must get back to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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  59. Yes!! These are the questions that drive me nuts!!! Please post ALL the answers!! The red-haired Fresh Beat Girl question was driving me batty! Do they think we won't notice?? And I always wonder - what on earth do these folks do in their off time?? I once researched Blue Clues guys to try and find out...

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  60. I want to know why in Toy Story (1, 2, & 3) there is no Dad. Is he military? Is the Mom a single Mom? What happened to her baby Daddy?!

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  61. Lol! What about the Cat in the Hat show? Creepy if you ask me! The kiddos lie to their moms to go with the creepy cat in his thingamajig? And you have the Hairy helpers , thing 1 , & thing 2. Um & I the only one who thinks this show is way odd?

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    1. Awe, the kids don't lie to their mom, they ask her if they can go do whatever, she just thinks they are goofing around, doesn't know they are really going! That cat is creepy though, taking the kids all over...

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    2. I was always under the impression that cat-a-hat (as hes called in our house) was the kids imagination in real life. Ive seen the show a handful of times, but it always seems as if the kiddos tells the mom what theyre doing, and the mom says ok, cuz its their imagination running wild.

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    3. They don't lie. They always tell the truth about where they are going. It's just the moms think they are pretending.

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    4. We LOVE Cat in the Hat! The songs are catchy and they really teach the kids a lot. I guess I just don't think it is weird because I have always been a Dr. Seuss fan and Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 have just always been there...lol

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  62. Is it just me, or do the old school Thomas the Trains freak anyone else out? My daughter absolutely loves them, and I just can't bear to watch the ones with real trains and the creepy moving eyes.

    And yo gabba gabba looks like it was thought of on an acid trip.

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  63. My 12 yo daughter was of the age to watch Lazy Town when it was first on. I knew at the time that Sportacus was a fricking hottie. I mean, look at that body. And I knew Rotten Robbie was a hot bod too, but yeah, super way freaky looking with the plastic face. I miss the good ole days when we watched Nick Jr......

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  64. Oh and how is it these shows very rarely have parental figures on them. I mean seriously who would let their preschooler go on adventures with a monkey?

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  65. Honestly. Check out the Lil Jon / Lazytown video. Hilarious. (Not around kids!)

    Also? I will be staring at that half-naked man the rest of the day. Thank you!! :)

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  66. Am I the only one who thinks Rotten Robbie looks like Detective Carlton Lassiter from Psych?

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    1. THANK YOU!! He totally does!

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  67. I've always had the theory that Max and Ruby live in the 1940's, their dad is overseas fighting the Germans and their mom is working in a munitions factory or some sort.

    Fresh Beat Band has always annoyed me to death. Yo Gabba Gabba is never allowed in our house. The creators were interviewed and they said that they wanted to create a show that kids and college students could both enjoy. What?!?

    Steve is in a band that shows up occasionally on Jack's Big Music Show.

    We LOVE Bubble Guppies! I can't tell you how many times I have had "Sun, sun, Beautiful sun" stuck in my head at 3 am.....

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  68. This post and all the comments crack me up! I'm expecting my first baby in October and I've already started leaving kids programming on in the mornings before work to "prepare" myself for the future. I can't do it! Not one thing on tv makes me want to let my child watch it! I miss Mr. Rogers and old school Sesame Street and the stuff I watched as a kid (I was born in '83). I can't stand kids music either - it bothers me to no end. I don't know what I'm gonna do once the baby gets here. It'll only be so long before I have to turn Anthony Bourdain off and actually put something bring and colorful on the screen. *sigh* I need better alternatives.

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    1. Try dinosaur train & the disney jr shows. I cant stand nick jr shows, & thankfully my son doesnt care for them either. Yo gabba gabba is ok, but gets annoying quick, and you'll drive yourself nuts cuz the songs are earworms. And word of advice, NO SPONGEBOB. Im not sure about the sexual content others have posted about, but jeez its annoying after its on for awhile.

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    2. For kids' music, get Sandra Boynton's CD (and while you're there, get all her books too). Bare Naked Ladies have a good CD too. Or just have your kids listen to adult music you've prescreened for offensive lyrics.

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  69. I wonder what happened to the actress that played Kiki in The Jump Arounds, before she was replaced & the group name changed to The Fresh Beat Band.

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  70. This is all information I have previously Googled. Thanks for making me feel normal for looking it up :)

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  71. I've always wondered why Diego has a sister named Daisy when he is on Dora the Explorer, but he has a
    named Alicia when he is on Go, Diego, Go!
    I also like when I can figure out voices that ate the same actors on different shows.
    Like...
    Joe (Blue's Clues) = Bot (Team Umizoomi)
    Wubbzy (Wow Wow Wubbzy) = Emily Elizabeth (Clifford)
    Princess Pea (Super Why) = Trina (JoJo's Circus)

    imdb website is good for checking those.

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    1. Isn't Alicia his cousin? I didn't know he had a sister! I'm a huge imdb fan too!

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  72. THIS is why I don't see a therapist anymore! This post confirmed that I can now get all of my meds because I AM NORMAL! Holy "WHERE ARE THEY NOW" Batman! I'm glad I'm not the only one! As my kids are older, I have old school Handy Manny (his voice ALONE makes my heart pitter-pat like Josh Turnner's song "Firecracker" right in the beginning, that deep, vibrating "yeeeeeaaaahhhhh" is better than a....never mind)and Googled THAT guy. HAAWWWT!!! Wonder if they do these shows to get in contact with some hot-single moms......

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  73. Blue Wiggle is hot. He walked across the stage on his hands and his tush...ooooh. Just sayin.

    I want to know HOW DO YOU GET TO SESAME STREET? Been asking that question for years.....

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  74. Does anybody else miss Shane and David from The Upside Down show? Those guys cracked me up!! Not nearly as disturbing as some kids shows. One show i'm glad they canned, Higglytown Heroes. I wanted to put my head through the TV screen every time it was on!!

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  75. I've never seen it, but I've heard a rumor that there was a sighting of Max & Ruby's mom on an episode. Maybe an Easter special?

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  76. We have a show called 'In the night garden' in the UK - not sure if you have it? Anyway it is madness - there is a character called Macca Pacca who has a savage case of OCD, the Teeny Tiny Pontypines all live and sleep in one room (there are the 2 adults and like a million kids - they must have been in the room when they were conceived -aarrgghh). There are so many health and safety issues to comment on - the Ninky Nonk and Pinky Ponk crash regularly and are only fitted with flimsy lap belts despite at times traveling upside down. Also the HooHaas scare the living bejesus out of me - every time you turn round they are just a little bit closer, I have had actual nightmares that I have woken up with them looking menacing at the end of my bed...shudder!!! Leah

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    1. I've never heard of this show, but...."HooHaa"
      Heeeheheheheheheehehe >.<

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  77. I personally get concerned about Max & Ruby. Where are their parents?! My 3-year-old son has come to get me in a panic more than once because Ruby has been mean to Max and apparently, it's up to me to "Do Somesing!!!"

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  78. I really want them to release a Backyardigans exercise game for the Wii where they teach you to do all the dances. Sort of a poor-mom's DWTS. "Learn to do 30 seconds of the tango!" I can already sing all of the songs...in my sleep...

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  79. I just want to know one thing. WHY IS CAILLOU BALD.

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    1. http://www.chouette-publishing.com/about-caillou/frequently-asked-questions/why-caillou-bald

      "Caillou stands for all children. He doesn't have curly blond hair, a carrot-top, brown hair, glasses, or ethnic features, because he represents all children. We wanted to make Caillou universal so every child could identify with him."

      Another FAQ is "Why is Caillou so grumpy?" He isn't GRUMPY, he's whiny. And yes, kids are whiny, but that doesn't mean we want to encourage it! I was watching with my daughter once, Caillou's mom took a nap on the porch so he decided to take himself for a walk. He got lost and one of his neighbours recognized him and brought him home, where his mom was calmly sitting on the porch awaiting his return. My five year old turned to me, giant eyes and said "Mom, you would be SO. ANGRY. if I did that." You know it, baby.

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  80. I can't believe no one has mentioned the hottest children's character on TV......CAPTAIN FEATHERSWORD.....from the wiggles.....seriously look him up! SUPER yummy!

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  81. Steve from Blues Clues at last point was doing kids' music....he had a song they'd play on Jack's Big Music show about groundhogs, and you would see he was balding - far from the bowl cut days!
    A lot of the old shows are back thanks to Disney Jr. I forgot how much I loved "Go Baby."
    Upside-down show sadly was only on for one season. It is totally imaginative and we love it. And what about Oobi?
    As far as Lazytown and the Doodlebops, I have long held a theory as to why they wear those odd costumes - think about it - would you really want to go around confessing you are Deedee Doodle? Nope, not me. By wearing totally weird, covering attire, you are forever incognito! No paparazzi problems, and no parents shake their heads at you in pity since you spend your whole day talking to puppets....

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    1. We are a bit beyond Nick Jr. now, but I used to love Oobi & the Upside-down show... the kids, though, were not as impressed with the Upside-down show.

      They did love the Doodlebops, which I hated, and did sort of like LazyTown (I could sit thru that until the puppets came on, but what really creeped me out was the dance sequences with Sportacus & Stephanie).

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  82. How do Word Girl's parents not realize that their daughter is an alien superhero? How did this happen? Was she switched at birth, and now there's some average human child growing up on the planet Lexicon? Did they find her in a field like Superman's parents? What's the deal there?

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  83. I dislike Caillou so intensely that I'm semi-ashamed.

    What ever happened to the Big Comfy Couch? That was the best show! Also loved Wishbone. (My son is older so I thankfully missed the Wiggles, etc.)

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    1. I agree 100% on disliking Caillou. Don't be ashamed. I have a whiner for a child & she pointed out that "Caillou is way more whinier than me even. I don't like to listen to that in my shows." All I could say was thank you babygirl! Now I just say "Caillou" when she is ramping up for one of her flopping-on-the-floor-of-Target fits. I works. (half of the time)

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    2. My kids loved the Big Comfy Couch! And Wishbone-- I think we may have some Wishbone paperbacks floating around the house.

      Do you also remember Bananas in Pajamas? That would come on after Big Comfy Couch!

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  84. I have wondered such things as well, and have researched this things.. good to know I am now alone! LOL

    Is anyone familiar with The Sprout Goodnight Show? The host is Nina, but she was not the original host. The original host 'Melanie', but she was suddenly gone in less than a year.. s I just had to know what happened. Seems as though she had done some spoof public service announcements that Sprout/PBS did not approve of before she was hired.

    Make sure your kiddos are not in the room when you watch:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1105586728871426361

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3324966698620878691

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  85. -Am I the only mom who thinks Caillou is super-whiny and ill-behaved? I don't like letting my kids watch that show!
    -I'm with you all on being about 2 inches away from calling Child Services to come pick up the obviously orphaned Max and Ruby.
    -Why is there a doctor (Dr. Dog) and a veterinarian (Dr. Hampster) on Peppa Pig, if they're all animals???
    -I want to know which illicit substance produces dreams that look like Yo Gabba Gabba.
    -What kind of creature is Uniqua? (other than, you know, a unique one...)

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  86. I dream about The Wiggles. It's awful! And yes, the blue one (Anthony) is the hottest. He just came out with a book about how he struggled with depression and chronic pain. How sad that I know this. Also, the Yellow Wiggle (Greg) is now back in The Wiggles. They fired the new yellow one (Sam) and got the old one back. Again, how sad that I know THIS much about The Wiggles. :)

    http://2bestfriendschubbyroadtoskinny.blogspot.com/

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  87. THANK YOU!! I've been wondering the same things. Lazy Town just CREEPS.ME.OUT. But it may not now that I know what they look like in real life...Well done, God. Well, done. I've also wondered about the Bubble Guppies anti-iTunes thing and the red-haired girl from FBB. It's like we're one mind. :)

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  88. Caillou! Ugh--why do they make the mom sooo frumpy?? She has totally given up on herself--probably because she has the most annoying, stupid 4 year old on the planet. And yes, Ruby is soo bossy, but doesn't Max have any friends? And why can't he say more than one word at a time?
    Don't get me started on the FBB--have had the song Just like a Rockstar stuck in my head for days!!

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    1. Interesting - one of the few things I like about Caillou is that the mom looks like me and my fellow frumpy friends. LOL

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  89. So glad to know I am not alone in pondering these thoughts... What bugs me more than backstory, though, are continuation issues in the shows. For example Bubble Guppies. In most of the issues they just swim around high and low, but in another episode Gil gets stuck in a tree. Dude, just swim down. And it rains in the ocean? And the farm animals with legs in the front and fins in the back just really creep me out.

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    1. Ha! Swim down....lol! I saw the cow episode the other day and was greatly disturbed.

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  90. Why is Wyatt the only one on Super Why who is not a fictional character?

    Cat in the Hat- The kids don't lie, they do ask their mom for permission, but she never seems to believe them and tells them to go ahead. My son loves this show and sings most the songs (which for a while were all to the same tune, just different words).

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  91. O
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    GAWD THOSE boys are HAWT!

    I was always interested in Steve's evolution once he left Blue Clues.

    Yes-why the hell is Calliou BALD?

    Why haven't Dino Dan's parents taken him in for a psyc eval yet?

    How come no one's thrown Max and Ruby's parents in the slammer for child abandonment?

    Lazy Town is one of the most disturbing shows EVER-topped only by Yo Gabba Gabba. CAN NOT WATCH. What is seen cannot be unseen! Even a 10 second clip of either one makes the hairs on the back of my neck rise.

    Also-observation... the gentlemen in Zaboomafu? They's HAWT too!

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    1. Those are the Kratt brothers, and yes, yes they are (completely aside from being smart, which ups the hawtness level).

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  92. The kids' show that freaks me out the most has always been Oobi - has anyone else seen that one, with the hands ala Senor Wences??

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  93. Lydia, I just love you. I have wondered ALL of those same things. And LazyTown creeps me the eff out, too. *shudder* I'd also like to know why Nina only has one or two pairs of pajamas that she wears on The Goodnight Show. And WHY does Caillou have to exist, and WHY does my kid like him so much? He's annoying and whiny. Ugh. And I agree with Joni, why is Caillou bald? Oh, and what's up with the Whucktastic show Dirt Girl? I kind of like it, but at the same time I find it a little disturbing.

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  94. Has anyone seen Oobi? The show w/the talking hands?? WEIRD! And *all* of the characters basically talk baby talk. "Oobi...pizza." instead of "Oobi wants pizza!" So freakin' annoying. We do not watch - no matter how much my kids want to. Stupid theme song is definitely an earworm, tho...

    And about Dora...why does she have to have that screechy screamy voice? I hate that girl!

    I don't understand why only Muno has parents on YGG, and why he doesn't live with them. My hubby finds that show hysterical and adds his own commentary (not to the kids tho). "Pink butt plug got bit by red dildo. Red dildo seems to have pleasure bumps. Why? And wtf is with the robot?"

    Kids' shows...destroying our moral fabric one butt plug at a time!

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  95. What happened to Reed on Fresh Beat Band?

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  96. Why is one of the Octonauts a walking/talking/dancing turnip? It shouldn't even have legs. And why are the cats in charge down there?

    Caillou - after seeing a commercial about giving money to kids for cancer and seeing all the bald children, my 3 yr old wants to know when he's getting better. Maybe that's why he's so damn whiny (though I guess he's more true-to-life that way.)

    Backyardigans are fun - they're also part of the Wii Fit nick jr games - but why do they always have to go get cookies or something at the end. I had my boys wanting treats only on holidays until they saw them getting snacks every day.

    Mickey's Clubhouse - has that giant baby always been there? am i the only one creeped out by him? Hub says: How come Goofy can talk but Pluto can't? - that's a 45 yr question!

    Wonderpets - the lisp - why oh why?

    I've always wondered about the names on FBB too - the boys get cool names, not fair! And I liked Marina #1 better

    And the hub says, Bubble Guppies, WTF? (Though I have an easier time getting them to the car now with the Line up song)

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  97. The only reason my son was ever potty trained because of Murray Wiggle (the red one). He was the boy's hero when he was almost 3, and his dad got floor seats at a Wiggles concert, so at the end, they rushed the stage. When all the Wiggles came across the front, shaking hands, the boy told Murray he'd used the potty that day, and Murray patted his shoulder and told him he was a big boy. He was completely trained from then on. I'd never had feelings for Murray before, but I'll confess there's not much I wouldn't have done to thank him for that.

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  98. There was just an article in People about the yellow Wiggle :-) He's doing better!

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  99. what about the teletubbies? talk about strange. and i'm not talking about the controversy surrounding the purple one...no 3 year old would care about that or figure it out. and why did they always replay the "show on the belly television" twice?

    does anyone know anything about "imagination movers"? thankfully, haven't seen it on in a while.

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    1. Imagination Movers!!! Ok, I'm not saying it was quality entertainment or anything, but I thought a couple of the guys on there were pretty tasty looking (of course that was back during a time when I didn't get out of the house much at. all). Crap, now I'm gonna have to do some serious googling tonight.

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    2. I stopped letting my toddler watch the Teletubbies because not only were they driving me c.r.a.z.y., but also I swear his language skills actually *decreased* after watching that show - like the clarity of his words decreased for a few days afterward. I think the playing the video twice thing is based on some educational research about repetition and learning, but I can't remember where I picked that up. Might have been on a DVD extra.

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  100. Yes!! That bothers me about Caillou as well. Is he sick? If so, why do they never address it?

    My boys love Upside Down Show, but that Ubi show with the creepy hands with plastic eyes always comes on after it and I can't STAND that show. It is so WEIRD.

    We never watch Barney either, and Yo Gabba Gabba makes me crazy. And they always get the most crazy guests. I am like, hey, why don't you guys see how weird this show is? Why are you there?

    We saw The Wiggles live once and it was awesome.

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  101. My daughter is into Buysytown Mysteries and while I loved Richard Scarry books when I was a kid, why are they all still in the authentic German clothes? Also why is it that only Huckle can solve the mysteries, even though Sally, Lowley worm and Pig Will and Pig Won't are right there with him while he collects clues? Also why does Goldbug from Action Bug News always seem to be right there in the area when he find and solves every mystery?

    What the heck is Uniqua? I can figure out the other animals in Backyardigans but not Uniqua. Is she a bug? If so where is her exoskeleton, and why do her overalls match her skin color but none of the other animals do that?

    I read about the Red haired girl in FBB that she and Kiki didn't get along and that Kiki wanted to be the center of attention and was such a diva. So Kiki started spreading rumors how Marina was sleeping with all the guys in the show and other lies so Marina left when her contract was over. The left to get married and pursue other projects line just sounded really suspicious to me. Whenever someone got fired from where I used to work and there was a big back story to it they always used the like "left to pursue other projects".

    Why are Daphne and Fred now boyfriend and girlfriend and getting married on the new Scooby Do? Have the creators lost their frickin minds?

    Dirt Girl World really freaks me out. Those characters mouths, noses and eyes are just too freaky!

    Jrseygirl in VA

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  102. Where are the Imagination Movers??? :-(

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  103. The redhead from FBB had a small part on Mad Men as a gift wrap girl in a department store. Maybe she's moving up in the world.

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  104. I took my son to a live Max and Ruby show and they explained during the show that the parent's ARE there, they are just "around" like maybe the Mom is out gardening when they are inside, or in the house cooking when they are outside. And maybe the Dad is in the garage, or in the house dong something else. So, the children are supposedly not abandoned, they do have parents.... although, I did find it hard to believe that all of those things would go on without a parent stepping in. Like the episode where Ruby gives Max a bath about 4 times. Ummmm... you think if the parents was "around" they would have stopped that whole thing after the first time???

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    1. I saw that same show and called shenanigans. Who would let an 8 year old bake their own birthday cake? What jerks!

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  105. SOOO glad to know I'm not the only mommy to have googled what happened to the old Marina!! I also googled song lyrics from FBB b/c the hubby and I got into a serious DEBATE over what they were singing. Thankfully, we were BOTH wrong! :) Old Marina also played the Stephanie on Days of Our Lives.

    FYI they replaced Reed from 1st season with similar looking guy but without the Scottish accent! I miss the accent.

    Also, I think Ruby is a bossy beotch. Poor Max. And will she ever get all her damn badges?! I like the theory about the Dad fighting in WWII & mom working in ammunition factory!! LOL!!

    Finally... WTH is up with Dora's belly shirt?!?!?

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    1. We don't watch Dora just because I'm annoyed that they don't freakin' draw her shirt to line up with her pants!! WHY THE BELLY GAP???

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  106. My husband and I sit around and make up Behind the Music style stories for all the shows our daughter watches. Like Behind the Music: The Fresh Beat Band. Where they tell all the backstories - the arrests, the struggles with candy addictions, the love triangles, the strange disappearances of original cast members...

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  107. So glad I am not alone. I feel so much better knowing that someone else had the same questions I had! Love that Yellow Wiggle too! :)

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  108. OMG Sportacus is a hottie!

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  109. Most all of what my kids watch has to be tolerable by me. I've had to stop with spongebob, cause after four or five years of him, it rakes my nerves like nails on chalkboard. Someone asked if Fred's voice is digitally altered - yes, cause the kid who does Fred is like 15 or 16 and has a manly voice (which can be heard on other Nick things- like iCarly and such)

    Also, Yo Gabba Gabba was created by the same guy who started the music group The Aquabats. If you know about The Aquabats, you'll get why YGG seems so weird.

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  110. No one has mentioned one of my favorites - the hottie train driver on Choo Choo Soul. I always wondered if he and the conductor chick are an item - he doesn't seem to sing much, but he can dance and is nice mommy eye candy.

    I will admit, I had Googled the new Marina on FBB, as well as the story behind Lazytown. Robbie Rotten is a cutie in real life, but on the show is just dang creepy. Those pants are yanked so dang high! Think I saw online somewhere that Joe on Blues Clues is related to General George S. Patton. The apple kinda fell well off that family tree.

    I do wonder, and worry for, some of the people on these kids shows. I mean, really, does DJ Lance ever get a date? Can you imagine bringing him home to meet mom and dad, and having to tell them that he wears a tight orange jumpsuit and dances around with a big red adult toy for a living? I just hope the dude can find someone who is into big orange fuzzy hats and they can be happy...

    Thank you for giving me a place to air my weird kid show ponderings. I feel better knowing I'm not alone.

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  111. Was Hi-Five a real show? Or did I dream that? -a VERY real possibility- I looked through all of the comments and didn't see it mentioned once and I can't find it anymore and my daughter looks at me like I am nuts when I mention it and oh please say I am not crazy and one of you remembers the outfits of the Hi-Five cast...

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    1. You are not crazy. We lived on High 5 and the weird thing is there was an Australian version AND a US version. The Australian version was much better. We traveled to New Zealand and I was so excited to get a DVD of theirs... until I took it home and it didn't play in my US DVD player. Oops.

      What was up with the weird spider thing (Jup Jup) that kept taking the Asian girls things?

      My girls loved them... kept them entertained for HOURS!

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    2. Hi-Five was real. It was 3 girls and 2 or 3 guys with littel stories and songs and the kids the audience danced along with them. Super upbeat and very brightly colored!

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    3. It's still on here in Oz with a brand-new cast [and one of new gals has already left and been replaced!]. My kids [2 and 5] LOVE it with a big ol' capital L , but I had to google it when a DVD we got from the library had a completely different cast than the one TV. Turns out it's been on since the 90's, and the original cast is all pushing 40. Guess the producers decided to go younger.

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  112. Thomas Hobson from the FBB used to be on FB and posted pictures of old Marina's wedding and would actually answer questions on there. It was just gone when I checked though....

    If you think Yo Gabba Gabba is scary, you should check out it's predecessor: Boohbah. Those creators had to be high. Very high!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJvHrx1X-Gk&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG9hUT8Ufis&feature=relmfu

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  113. I feel a little less creepy now for 'suffering' through Lazy Town by secretly using Sporticus for my own personal eye candy. Now that I see him in real life... well, lets just say my kids can watch that weird show a.n.y.time it's on ;)

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  114. LazyTown is a funny, fresh show with music, comedy and great storytelling in a colourful, fast-paced upside down world. It helps children learn to differentiate, while playing and having fun, between pride and humility, laziness and hard work, selfishness and generosity, winning and losing and many other values. The show has been highly successful, airing in over 100 countries in a lot of different languages.

    Right now a lot of new episodes are created which will be broadcasted later this year on numerous tv stations around the country!

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  115. My theory has always been that Ruby really is the mom, but says she is his sister cause she was way young when she had him!

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    1. I just cracked up. I'm with you!

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  116. I've been wondering what happened to the red haired girl too! I hope you find out!

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  117. As a daddy I know I don't belong here, but have loved reading everything above.
    My two cents: Robby Rotten = the love child of Jim Carey, Jon Lithgow, and Jay Leno.
    Also, I don't believe in corporal punishment, but would make an exception for Franklin (and his mammalian doppelgänger Little Bear).

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    1. OMG - Franklin totally drives me batty as well, especially the older "2D" animated episodes from the 90's.

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  118. I REALLY miss the "old" sesame street from when I was a kid. Even the opening theme song isn't the right tune and I cringe every time I hear it.
    The claymation Bert and Ernie is not only disturbing but am I the only one who goes to the sexual undertones? "We're adventurin' when the beds tappin....something special's gonna happen"....am I the only one??

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  119. I am so much like you that I looked up awhile ago what happened to the old mirana (sp) as we call her in our house, she got married and wanted to move one to different type of work. She was on a web site called, missfunny.com. I have also got on google to figure out what animal uniqua was supposed to be on backyardagins. She is a bug of her own kind for those that didnt know. I feel crazy sometimes that I wonder about these things when there is so much more to be doing.

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  120. I remember Hi-Five. It was like watching teens on uppers. I really liked the Upside Down show when it was on, and The Wiggles, of course.

    Does anyone remember Fireman Sam? That was a cool show that kept my 3 yr old twins riveted to the TV so I could do things. When it stopped playing, I turned in desperation to the PBS On Demand channel and they'd watch it every evening. The child characters were awful brats but Sam was the good and sensible grown-up. I loved the opening theme song and had to google the band.

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  121. I've always thought the Blue Wiggle was hot, but Sportacus and Robbie Rotten? No way! Who'd have thought that two creepy characters like them could be so hunky? Not me! I couldn't tell much about Sportacus' face from the pic, but the neck down...wowza! Well, except for his huge feet, but some say that's an indicator of, ahem, things, lol! My boy has totally outgrown this show, so I'm sure we won't be watching it, but when I see the commercials, I'll be picturing those lovely photos! ;-)

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  122. Why is Backyardigans the only little kid show where the kids actually sing decently? Seriously. We've banned lots of kid shows simply because the singing is so abominable to listen to. (Angelina Ballerina is the worst.) I get that not every kid sings perfectly in tune, but why make that a feature of every show? I'd much rather have my kids exposed to good singing so maybe they can pick it up for themselves . . .

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  123. Ok, I don't know if it makes you feel any better (or if I should feel worse about myself), but I have had the SAME EXACT thoughts. I, too, googled the people in LazyTown and found the same information. The adorable girl is supremely talented as well, and I hope to see more of her. I have not read through the previous 170 comments )because we are leaving on vacation in about 6 hours and I promised Randy that I would make him look good before we have to drive 10 hours), but I'm sure you know by now that the red-headed Fresh Beat left because she got married and wanted a normal life. If you go to her page on FB (her name is Shayla Rose), you can see some pics from her wedding. I googled the Fresh Beats because I was convinced that KiKi was actually 35 years old playing a teenager. Turns out she's not, but plays the violin, like at a master level. I just briefly scrolled up, and saw that someone mentioned Oobi. When my son was about 2, he used to call the show "Boobi" and said awesome things, like "I wanna watch Boobi" to my dad. My dad's response was "So do I kid, so do I."

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  124. I am feeling so much better about myself because I googled the cast of "The Big Comfy Couch" last year. My fourth child was watching videos I taped from PBS 13 years prior when my oldest was addicted to that show and I just had to know more! Loonestte the Clown was actually beautiful and very talented but I was disturbed to learn that she did voiceovers for some creepy movies. And Major Bedhead was a bit of a hottie, but in his headshot he was doing that thing where you cross your arms over your chest and push your arm flesh up to make it look like biceps and that totally cracked me up.
    As for LazyTown-- thank you! The show creeps. me. out. But I always had an inkling that Sporticus was hawt.

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  125. Backyardigans is actually a very good show - well written and acted and the songs are clever and catchy. I can't figure out the Dino Dan mystery. I mean, clearly there are large dinos walking around where other people could see them. I'd definitely have my kid checked out if he talked about seeing dinos all the time whereas I saw none. But my daughter LOVES it. Spongebob is definitely not for the littler kids, but it's actually quite funny. I'm ready to tear that Fred kid a new a$$hole.

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  126. Thank you for these headshots! My friend introduced my kids to Lazy Town. I found it weird and the characters creepy, she was all "but the guy in the tights is really hot!" So you've just saved a friendship because I was too distracted and lazy to Google them myself.

    Yo Gabba Gabba must be secretly created by the Black Eyed Peas. It's the only thing that makes sense.

    Have you ever seen Dirt Girl World? HUGE creep factor with the animation plus real mouths. But it's educational and the kids love it, so I just find an excuse to leave the room while it's on.\

    We have banned Dora, Diego, Spongebob, any princesses, and probably a million other shows here. If it gives mommy a headache when it's supposed to be giving her a break, it defeats the purpose and must be punished.

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  127. Anthony Bourdain has a similar blog post- loved reading his rants!

    http://blog.travelchannel.com/anthony-bourdain/read/for-parents-only/

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  128. Love this post! As a psychiatrist, I enjoy analyzing the actors in children's televison shows, looking at body language and trying to decipher secret messages, like you know Steve from Blues Clues who always looked to me like he's rather be anywhere other than talking to an animated blue canine. Here's a link to my blog post about the missing Fresh Beat actress...

    http://mommyshrink.com/2011/08/28/wheres-the-fresh-beat/

    Love your blog! It gets me through the long days of being a new SAHM.

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