A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Snook being a hippie. I intended to follow that post with another ever so interesting post about cartoons. Unfortunately even the best laid cartoon plans get derailed sometimes. The topic is late but not forgotten.
Many of today's cartoons do something that bothers me a little a bit. They ask questions. The little cartoon people stare at you out of the TV. They ask their question. Then there is silence as they stare at you and wait for your answer. It freaks me out a bit. Who can focus on properly answering a question when a cartoon mouse is giving you the stink eye.
When I was a kid the closest thing we got to interaction with our cartoons was when the Road Runner would look toward you and say beep! beep! Now Dora, Mickey Mouse, The Little Einsteins, and practically every other cartoon are constantly quizzing the kids.
I can see the obvious benefits of this concept. The kids love to participate, and who can blame them. Trivia is a lot of fun, and until Alex Trebek figures out how to make millions off a kindergarten jeopardy tournament this is pretty much all the kids are going to get. Don't count out Trebek though. He is a crafty one. The future kindergarten tourney might go something like this.
Trebek: This ruminant's milk can be used on Froot Loops and it often makes the sound moo.
Kid1: My uncle Johnny has a cow. It's name is Elsie.
Trebek: Judges?....sorry we can't accept that.
Kid2: Mr. Startrek, do you know Luke Skywalker?
Trebek: That is incorrect. We were looking for "What is a cow?"
Trivia aside I have one major problem with all these cartoon queries other than being weirded out. They don't always listen to your answer. Once the Little Einsteins asked me and Braden if we wanted to help them find the purple unicorn to save the woodland orchestra. I said NO! I do not now nor do I ever want to help anyone find a purple unicorn.
These little hooligans just ignored me and jumped right in their rocket ship and started carrying on about adagio and moderato. I guess it doesn't really matter what the kids think to these arrogant TV stars. The cartoon bullies just do whatever they want. They are teaching our children that their opinions don't really matter.
No one is going to tell my son that his opinion doesn't matter. I don't care if they have their own TV show, their own rocket, or their very own magical kingdom in Florida. If these cartoons are going to insist on asking hundreds of questions a day then the very least they can do is listen to the kids answers.
And staring isn't polite either.