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‘I rate The A-Team four out of 10!’ The great childhood TV swap

What happens when kids and parents sit each other down to watch their favourite childhood shows – from Sesame Street to The Powerpuff Girls? Six families find out Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Parents and parenting, Children's Tv

The "Muppet Show" disclaimer "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures."

"Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe." The NY Post reports, adding "It’s unstated precisely what Disney considers to be offensive on the show, but some characters depict Native American, Middle Eastern and Asian people. And...
Tags: Comedy, Law, South Park, Censorship, Disney, Puppets, Ethnicity, Children's Tv, Flags, Warnings, Ny Post, Gary, Carter, Johnny Cash, Fantasia, Jim Henson

The Muppet Show: Disney+ adds content warning of 'negative depictions of cultures'

Studio says it is acknowledging and contextualising culturally offensive material rather than cutting itDisney+ has added a new disclaimer to old episodes of The Muppet Show, warning of “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures” throughout the series.The platform began streaming Jim Henson’s family variety show on 19 February but prefaced 18 of its episodes with a content advisory that adds: “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this conten...
Tags: Television, Race, Disney, Culture, Television & radio, Children's Tv, The Muppets, Jim Henson

Tights! Spatulas! Action! The madcap world of chain reaction videos

Need your hair cut? Cake served? No problem! Lockdown has led millions to discover the work of Joseph Herscher and friends, whose absurdly complicated ‘labour-saving’ machines reveal the potential for magic in the everyday“It’s one thing to maim myself,” says Joseph Herscher. “But maiming someone else? I’m not sure I could live with that. At least I’d have it on tape, but it’d still suck to be killed by one of my machines.”Herscher, 36, is a chain reaction artist who works out of his bedroom in ...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Science, Technology, Film, Youtube, Culture, Brooklyn, Engineering, Art and design, Television & radio, Sculpture, Installation, Children's Tv, Rube Goldberg, Short Films

Denmark launches children's TV show about man with giant penis

Critics condemn idea of animated series about a man who cannot control his penis, but others have backed itJohn Dillermand has an extraordinary penis. So extraordinary, in fact, that it can perform rescue operations, etch murals, hoist a flag and even steal ice-cream from children. The Danish equivalent of the BBC, DR, has a new animated series aimed at four- to eight-year-olds about John Dillermand, the man with the world’s longest penis who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-br...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Children, Society, World news, Culture, Television & radio, Denmark, Children's Tv, MeToo Movement, BBC DR, John Dillermand

Odd Squad: a kids' show about maths that's gloriously bonkers

Designed to introduce young viewers to tricky concepts, the Canadian series is one of the most laugh-out-loud shows on TVWhen I think about what first caught my attention in Odd Squad, I reckon it was probably the time that a singing mayor smeared chilli all over his face.It was a weeknight evening and I was getting my sons ready for bed in front of ABC Kids when a show about two tween-agers in suits talking about recurring number patterns at a civilised chilli cook-off took an abrupt tonal swer...
Tags: Television, Australia news, Netflix, Culture, Canada, Television & radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Children's Tv, TV Comedy, ABC Kids

'Boys can be fairies – it's the 21st century': How Fate: The Winx Saga finds the reality in fantasy

The writer and star of the new Netflix series explain the myriad challenges of turning a manga-style kids’ cartoon into a live-action teen dramaHow do you make teen TV magic? You call Brian Young. The writer cut his teeth on The Vampire Diaries, a supernatural teen drama that emerged from the Twilight era of sexy-horror fandoms, but it soon established its own identity, resulting in a successful eight seasons. So, when Netflix wanted to turn Winx Club – the hit Italian cartoon about fairies – in...
Tags: Television, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Children's Tv, Brian Young, Fantasy TV, Winx Club

Michael Angelis, Thomas the Tank Engine narrator, dies aged 76

The Liverpudlian actor voiced the children’s programme for 13 series and was known for TV work in The Liver Birds and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Michael Angelis, best known as the narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine series Thomas and Friends, has died at the age of 76. The actor died suddenly while at home with his wife on Saturday, his agent said. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Culture, Children's Tv, Thomas, Michael Angelis Thomas, Michael Angelis

"All of us on ['The Quiz Kids'] experienced to some degree ‘child star letdown,’ but we remembered the actual experience fondly. It was a high for us."

"But Joel said it destroyed his childhood. When he was 6, I was 11. The program put stress on the smallest kids. They got the most attention and were the least equipped to deal with it.... Once the show went on television they kept Joel, because he was so well known, but the general age got lower and lower. I’m guessing that experience was pretty sour for him. No real competition and no real comradeship."Said Richard L. Williams, who was on the radio version of the show in the 1940s, quoted in "...
Tags: Psychology, Comics, Law, Judaism, Children's Tv, Michael, Joel, Salinger, Greta Garbo, J.D. Salinger, Ann Althouse, Joel Feldman, Michael Kupperman, Kupperman, Joel Kupperman Scarred, Richard L Williams

Duchess of Cornwall reveals she takes ballet lessons to keep fit

Camilla praises Silver Swans tutorials, while Prince Charles will appear in a Thomas the Tank Engine specialThe Duchess of Cornwall has turned to ballet as part of a keep fit regime, joining lessons with three “ancient friends” that leave them groaning, huffing and grunting, she has said.Camilla, 72, has become a cheerleader for Silver Swans ballet tutorials aimed at the over-55s, designed to improve core strength balance and flexibility. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, UK News, Dance, Culture, Television & radio, Ballet, Prince Charles, Cornwall, The Queen, Prince Harry, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Children's Tv

How a new Sesame Street show is bringing Muppet magic to refugee camps

Three new Muppets, Basma, Jad, and Ma’zooza, will star in new show for the millions of children displaced across the Middle EastCooperation, kindness and the alphabet. For over 50 years, the characters of Sesame Street, from the Cookie Monster to Big Bird, have helped children from diverse backgrounds navigate the challenges of life as a small person in a big world.From the moment it launched, Sesame Street has unflinchingly dealt with difficult issues – and from this week they are bringing thei...
Tags: Television, Children, Sesame Street, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Television & radio, Refugees, Global development, Children's Tv, Basma Jad

"Twenty-nine years after a notorious run-in at a Florida adult movie theater derailed his career — which was heading toward becoming the biggest children's-programming phenom since Mister Rogers..."

"... he's still hoping to pedal his red Schwinn back into America's hearts... [H]e's been pitching studios on The Pee-wee Herman Story, a very un-Pee-wee-sounding screenplay that takes his puckish TV persona into dark and unexpected territory (Pee-wee gets sent to a mental hospital for shock treatment for his alcoholism, no joke).... In today's overstuffed entertainment landscape, it's hard to imagine a lane for a sexagenarian man-child who talks to his furniture.... 'People have argued I've don...
Tags: Florida, Law, America, Paul Reubens, Children's Tv, Pee Wee Herman, Kangaroo, Rogers, Herman, Groundlings, Ann Althouse, Reubens, Gary Austin

Floella Benjamin on Dame Honour: ‘Absolutely incredible.’

The charity campaigner and former Children’s TV presenter is included in the New Year Honours list.
Tags: News, Children 's TV, Floella Benjamin

Arthur: Alabama bans episode of kids' show featuring same-sex wedding

Episode was deemed inappropriate for the state’s young viewers by Alabama Public TelevisionAlabama Public Television has refused to air a recent episode of a children’s program that featured a same-sex wedding.An episode of the popular animated series Arthur, titled Mr Ratburn and the Special Someone, was deemed inappropriate for the state’s young viewers by Mike McKenzie, the director of programming for the station, saying broadcasting it would be a “violation of trust”. Continue reading...
Tags: Alabama, US news, Culture, Television & radio, LGBT rights, Children's Tv, Arthur, Same-sex marriage (US, Mike McKenzie, Alabama Public TelevisionAlabama Public Television

Is video killing the TV star? VidCon London heralds a YouTube revolution

The arrival of the popular US festival for vloggers in the UK is a reminder of the powerful forces changing children’s televisionFor people working in the outwardly bright and cheerful world of children’s television, the past week was not a happy one.On Thursday, a report on the UK’s television viewing habits confirmed many of their worst fears. Among 4-to-15-year-olds last year, the hours of conventional or “linear” television viewed – that is, television watched at the time it was being broadc...
Tags: UK, Technology, Television, Media, Youtube, US, Social Media, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Television industry, Children's Tv, VidCon London

"Both the book and the film work hard to adjust the notion that [Fred] Rogers was... 'a two-dimensional milquetoast who spoke in warm bromides.'"

"In this endeavor [Maxwell King, in "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers,"] seems obsessed with Rogers’s sexuality—though to be fair, a lot of people are, with the apparent exception of his wife, Joanne, to whom he was married for fifty years. King seems to almost reluctantly settle on 'androgynous' when he might have just left it with what Rogers told a friend: 'Well, you know, I must be right smack in the middle. Because I have found women attractive, and I have found men attra...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Homosexuality, Children's Tv, Rogers, Apologies, Fred Rogers, Joanne, Clemmons, Mr. Rogers, Ann Althouse, Francois Clemmons, Maxwell King, Fred -RSB- Rogers, François Rogers, Ministry of Mr Rogers The New York Review of Books

'Someone called me the antichrist': behind the battles for Christmas No 1

Christmas No 1 was once a fiercely fought-over prize. From Rage Against the Machine v Joe McElderry, Slade v Wizzard and George Michael in Wham! v George Michael in Band Aid, winners and losers recall the great festive stand-offsThe rivalry erupted in a custard pie fight Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Television, Christmas, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, The X Factor, Band Aid, Michael Jackson, Children's Tv, Oasis, George Michael, Machine, Rage Against The Machine, Wham

Netflix & Children’s TV Creator Chris Nee Enter into Overall Deal

Netflix & children’s TV creator Chris Nee enter into overall deal Netflix has announced that it has entered into a multi-year overall deal with Chris Nee, the Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s television screenwriter and producer. Under the deal, Nee will write and produce new animated and live action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on feature film projects from Nee and her production compa...
Tags: TV, Movies, Netflix, TV News, Lgbtq, Chris, Nee, Netflix Original Series, Netflix Netflix, Chris Nee, Melissa Cobb, Netflix Additionally Netflix, Children 's TV, Peabody Emmy, Netflix Children s TV

Stephen Hillenburg: the naive genius who made SpongeBob a cultural titan

The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who has died aged 57, channelled the surrealism of 90s animation and his own childlike zest for life into a show that brought joy to millionsThere are few creative acts that strike me again and again with such joy as SpongeBob SquarePants. Grinning out from a child’s backpack, or his goofy features cast in milk and sugar and stuck on a lolly stick, the cartoon character is so ubiquitous as to almost become unremarkable. But like all truly great art, its powe...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Children's Tv, Spongebob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg, Animation on TV

BBC to reboot Tomorrow's World for one-off live special

Exclusive: much-loved technology show returns, updated for modern viewersThe BBC is reviving its science and technology show Tomorrow’s World, 15 years after it was axed.The popular series is making a comeback, with two of its original presenters Maggie Philbin and Howard Stableford, for a live special this month, which Philbin said was timely given “technology is moving faster than ever”. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, Television, Media, UK News, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Children's Tv, Bbc Four, Philbin, Maggie Philbin, Howard Stableford

Sesame Street disputes writer's claim that Bert and Ernie are gay

Children’s show responded that the characters are ‘best friends’ and are ‘puppets and do not have a sexual orientation’The Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are not gay and in a relationship, the children’s show was moved to say on Tuesday after a former writer said they were.In an interview with Queerty, Mark Salzman was asked if the question had ever come up when he worked on the show in the early 1980s. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Sesame Street, Society, US news, Sexuality, Children's Tv, Bert, Ernie, Queerty Mark Salzman

Stefán Karl Stefánsson, LazyTown's Robbie Rotten, dies aged 43

The Icelandic actor, who played the junk-food-munching villain in the children’s TV show, had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer The Icelandic actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, who played the villain Robbie Rotten in the children’s TV programme LazyTown, has died of cancer aged 43.The news was confirmed in a Facebook post on Tuesday by Stefánsson’s wife, Steinunn Ólína. He had been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, more commonly known as bile duct cancer, in 2016, but had surgery to remove it in ...
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'He loved making people laugh': fans mourn Barry Chuckle at Yorkshire funeral

Chuckle Brothers fans flocked to remember one half of comedy duo, after his death age 73The hearse was just pulling in to Rotherham United’s football ground when the first cry rang out. “To me!” shouted one woman. “To you,” yelled another. Inside one of the funeral cars, Paul Elliott, better known as Paul Chuckle, sat silently, head bowed. His brother Barry was dead, and along with it a lifelong comedy partnership, the Chuckle Brothers.Among the mourners was Tommy Cannon. One half of Cannon and ...
Tags: Comedy, Television, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Yorkshire, Rotherham, Children's Tv, Barry, Rotherham United, Chuckle Brothers, Barry Chuckle, Paul Chuckle, TV Comedy, Paul Elliott, Tommy Cannon

Think it's funny that China is cracking down on Peppa Pig? Think again | Phoebe-Jane Boyd

The censorship of children’s entertainment for adult ends is an old story, and everyone is at it – including usPeppa Pig, subversive symbol of the counterculture, in China video site ban A girl-piglet and a boy-piglet, a mummy and daddy pig, no LGBTQ characters or focus on race or religion; Peppa Pig isn’t an obvious target for controversy or counterculture worship. At first glance, it could be a pretty solid adult choice for boredom or sleep. Yet the Douyin video platform in China deems its inf...
Tags: Politics, UK, Children, China, Censorship, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Peppa Pig, Children's Tv, Phoebe Jane Boyd, Tumblr Reddit

"It would seem that last year some Chinese parents complained that their children were 'addicted to Peppa Pig,' and 'began oinking and jumping into puddles after watching the cartoon.'"

"But the subculture referred to [in the state media outlet Global Times] is a more serious phenomenon. It is called shehuiren, which translates directly as 'a member of society,' but is used to describe rowdy young adults, particularly young men. How did an animated farm animal meant for preschoolers come to be associated with millennials who are labeled by state media as 'slackers' and the 'antithesis of the young generation the [Chinese Communist] Party tries to cultivate'?"From "What Does Bei...
Tags: Law, Sesame Street, China, Children's Tv, Don, WaPo, Elmo, Global Times, Ann Althouse, Jordan Peterson, Chinese Communist -RSB- Party, Beijing Have Against Peppa Pig

"Creator of beloved cartoon accused of sexual misconduct."

That's the front-page teaser at the Houston Chronicle for what turns out to be about the creater of "Ren & Stimpy." If this man, John Kricfalusi, did what the women say, he deserves condemnation.But "Ren & Stimpy" does not deserve to be called "beloved." It was great, but not in a soft, gooey way. It had edge — in content and especially in visual style. The main article, upon which the Houston Chronicle piece is based, is in Buzzfeed, which uses the word "iconic" — "The Disturbing Secret Behind ...
Tags: Headlines, Law, Rape, Cartoons, Pornography, Children's Tv, Sexual Harassment, Houston Chronicle, Ren, Katie Rice, Ann Althouse, Tom Jerry, Ren Stimpy, Stimpy, John Kricfalusi, Robyn Byrd

Goodbye to Tinky Winky.

"The actor Simon Barnes, best known for playing Tinky Winky in the BBC children’s series Teletubbies, has died aged 52," The Guardian reports. He became embroiled in a furore over the sexuality of Tinky Winky, who was accused of being a gay role model who could be morally damaging to children by evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell in 1999. “He is purple – the gay-pride colour; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle – the gay-pride symbol,’’ he wrote in the National Liberty Journal.“People alwa...
Tags: Law, Bbc, Homosexuality, Children's Tv, Jerry Falwell, Simon Barnes, Barnes, Ann Althouse, Tinky Winky

"Louis C.K. Is No Longer A ‘Sweaty Horrifying’ Monster In Disney Cartoon."

"The comedian, who has acknowledged sexual misconduct, was dubbed out of 'Gravity Falls' episodes," HuffPo reports.Wow. It's hard to believe this was ever considered okay:It's awful what we expose kids to. How could that ever have been a Disney cartoon (quite aside from what we may know or believe Louis C.K. does in his off time)? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Disney, Cartoons, Children's Tv, Monsters, Louis, Louis C.K, Ann Althouse, Disney Cartoon

"I think one of the reasons that I feel empty after watching a lot of TV, and one of the things that makes TV seductive, is that it gives the illusion of relationships with people."

"It’s a way to have people in the room talking and being entertaining, but it doesn’t require anything of me. I mean, I can see them, they can’t see me. And, and, they’re there for me, and I can, I can receive from the TV, I can receive entertainment and stimulation. Without having to give anything back but the most tangential kind of attention. And that is very seductive. The problem is it’s also very empty. Because one of the differences about having a real person there is that number one, I’v...
Tags: TV, Law, Relationships, Surveillance, Conversation, Children's Tv, Orwell, David Foster Wallace, Scott Adams, David Lipsky, Ann Althouse, Television Without Pity

The death of Rocky the Squirrel (and Natasha of Boris and Natasha).

Did you know June Foray?"June Foray, the last of the great old voice actors, has passed away at the age of 99...." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Cartoons, Children's Tv, Boris, Natasha, Ann Althouse