Monday, May 30, 2011

5 Reasons Why We Love Curious George

Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics strict stance on not exposing kids under two to television, we've buckled. Now let me sit and justify myself for a few minutes ;)  We don't get cable, mostly because we'd be temped to watch it, but also because we don't want to expose Aias to extraneous advertising. We know we can't protect him from all of it, but at least we can attempt to limit it. I guess in many areas they don't allow commercials during children's programming anyhow, but like I said above, if we had cable we would watch it.  To prevent our own temptation we just don't have it. What we do have is Netflix. I know, it's probably not much better, but there was a free trial so I gave it a whirl and it's worth it if only for the selection of documentaries they have. Netflix also has a bunch of children's programs, and among the options is Curious George. After 8pm it's sit down and be quiet time around here, so we turn off the lights and sit with Aias on the couch to snuggle and watch a few shows or read a few books. For a while we were watching Go Diego Go (much to my chagrin) but then I witnessed a little boy BEGGING for a "Rescue Pack" at the toy store so I pulled the plug on Diego. One evening when Morgan was watching Aias alone, he stumbled upon Curious George. Back when Morgan and I were kids, we loved reading and watching Curious George. However, Curious George has had a makeover since those times. Normally I can't stand when they modernize shows I watched as a kid, but this show is amazing. Here's are 5 reasons why we love it:

1. Curious George is a 23 minute show comprised of two episodes. One of the episodes takes place in the country, and one of the episodes takes place in the city. Zero episodes take place in the suburbs. I'm happy to finally see a kid's show that shows a family living in an apartment and doesn't equate it to poverty. The suburbs are fine, but Aias will likely never live in the suburbs. I'm glad there's a show that depicts this as being ok.

2. The Man with the Yellow Hat basically represents everything I want to be as a parent. He's patient, he doesn't get upset over George's misunderstandings, he carefully explains things to George, and he never raises his voice. Sometimes George will do something really annoying and you can see the Man with the Yellow Hat is annoyed for just one second from the look on his face, but he takes a minute to collect his thoughts and then treats George with respect in regard to the situation at hand.

3. Instead of pushing a product for kids to buy Curious George pushes ideas and concepts that may be interesting to kids. Ideas and concepts that the creators of the show don't stand to make a dime on. For example, magnets, planting, sailing, museums, sharing, etc.

4. Curious George teaches me what it must feel like to be a young toddler or child learning about their world. Here's an example: in one episode, Curious George learns that squirrels hide their food in the ground so they can go back and eat it later. George decides that this is a great idea so he goes into the fridge and cabinets of his home, takes out all the food, and buries it in the yard. The Man with the Yellow Hat returns home and explains to George that human food shouldn't be buried. He also explains that the food squirrels hide in the ground is sometimes forgotten and it grows into trees. He specifically shows how an acorn grows into an oak tree. George thinks he understands, and thinks of things around the house he can plant in the ground and fantasizes over what types of things these items will grow into. Of course, when the Man with the yellow had returns to find this, he re-explains to George that it's only seeds and nuts that grow. Lesson learned.

5. Curious George has the cutest imagination and it's shown through animated thought bubbles. They are seriously adorable and hilarious. Some of them are shown here, but I do think they are much better animated. Our favorite is when George imagines all the fun things he would do it he were to babysit his neighbors bunnies, like read them books and play cards with them all.

Those are only a few of the reasons we love this goofy show.  If you have a kid you should definitely check it out; maybe even if you don't!

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  1. This is a great post Monika, especially because as a parent, Tv is a hot topic. Never really thought about CG the way you have but can completely see it now. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We love the show, too! I am so glad they changed the premise of the books a little the books George is always causing chaos and then gets REWARDED for it. He never learns consequences for his actions. In one of the books we have he breaks into an aquarium (doesn't buy a ticket) and lets out all the penguins. Then he becomes an honorary staff member of the aquarium because he "saves" the baby penguin WHO WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE IF HE HADN'T LET OUT ALL THE PENGUINS. Gah, can you tell the books irritate me?? Anyway, it's not nearly as bad in the show. :)

  3. LOL WELLLLL in the show it's sort of the same way, sometimes. He definitely does some stuff that I'm fairly sure would ultimate lead him to be taken away and euthanized by animal control if it was real. For example, the episode where they are in an airport. He'd be done for sure =P

    The man in the Yellow Hat is also kind of quick to leave George alone in situations where you wouldn't normally leave a toddler or a pet or whatever George is supposed to represent. Whenever he does it we are like WHY WHY WHY!!! We seriously get into it. It's sort of sad.


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