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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Swiper, No Swiping! Swiper, No Swiping! (Oh, Maaaaaaan!)
So, I tried to teach Mia the merits of non-annoying children’s animation, like Spongebob Squarepants and the Powerpuff Girls. And Aqua Teen Hunger Force. But she’s really latched on to Dora the Explorer. Not that this is entirely horrible (e.g., Barney or Backyardigans).

Now, I don’t mind Dora so much. It’s nice for children to be inexplicably bilingual, adventurous, and interested in soccer. But what is it with all the shouting? That’s my biggest complaint, really. Dora never just says anything. “WHO DO WE ASK WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO?” “DO YOU SEE SWIPER THE FOX?” “THOSE MOTHERFUCKING PIGS STOLE OUR PIRATE COSTUMES!” Okay, maybe that last one is somewhat enhanced. Nobody steals pirate costumes.

Anyway, I could deal with Dora a little better if she didn’t shout so much. Even with all the bizarre plot holes. I mean, there’s a path from wherever she is to any place on the fucking planet . . . how could she get lost?