Dora, Dora the Explorer!
Boots and something, something, Dora, Dora!
Something Back Pack. Let’s Go! Jump in! Vamanos!
You can lead the way! Hey! Hey!
Swiper, no swiping! Swiper, no swiping!
Dora the Explorer!
I know all of you mommies were singing along as you read those words. You can’t deny it. You know the song, and now it’s stuck with you all day. It’s toddler crack. And we’ve all smoked it (even if it’s just to take our daily shower or poop without an audience).
I cannot take one more episode of Dora the Explorer. I just can’t take it.
I used to think she was cute and educational. But now? Now I can’t stand her. I want to punt her little cartoon football head to the highest cloud. I know that seems sick. But it’s where I’m at with today’s cartoons.
I should be happy that my daughter can say some things in Spanish. And I should be pumped that her cousin, Diego, has taught my son about Jaguars and Mountain Lions (something I know nothing about).
But what happened to the good old days? Where have all the good cartoons gone? You know, the ones from back in the 80′s, when we were kids?
I miss Fraggle Rock, The Jetsons, and Schoolhouse Rock. I miss Muppet Babies, Inspector Gadget, the Smurfs, Jem and the Holograms, and the Care Bears. What happened to Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Ponies, and Rainbow Bright? I long for the boys to watch G.I. Joe, Thundercats, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Those were some (weird-in-a-good-way) cartoons, weren’t they? And most of us didn’t grow up to be axe murderers. So I’d say they were pretty okay to watch.
I remember my parents watching them with us, on that old tube TV that we constantly had to hit to make the lines stop running through the middle of it. That thing was a piece of furniture in our house, complete with doilies and gold lamp on top. But with the invention of better televisions and less shaggy carpet, so went the good cartoons.
I’ve tried to get my kids to watch the retro cartoon station. They don’t like it. They are so hooked on catchy jingles and brightly colored shapes, that they can’t see how awesome it is when He-Man and She-Ra work together.
Anyway, I miss the good old days. It all seems so, so, so… fake now.
What cartoons do you miss? Which ones do you like that are on today?