Most of you know, by now, that I won’t miss an opportunity to make fun of a children’s program if it’s the sort of thing that can make an adult want to stab forks into her eyes to avoid having to watch again. Even some of the shows I fully appreciate—they have good music, the characters are tolerable—have elements that don’t sit well with me. I’m not saying there’s anything bad or wrong about, say, a pirate who spends more time tickling than plundering, I’m just saying that I’m easily creeped out. Or something.
And I do occasionally have nightmares about tiny, multicolored ears that certain very! peppy! entertainers! have, but that is neither here nor there.
My point, here, is that I want you to appreciate the depth of importance in what I’m about to tell you: I love The Backyardigans. Love them. It’s a brilliant show. Little kids like it because it’s brightly-colored animals, and adults can dig it because you don’t end up listening to the same song over and over and over again. In fact, if you’re hoping to nurture a musician? Tune in for diversity. “The CGI animated characters sing and dance in a different musical genre each episode, and each character has a unique personality and a lot of style,” according to About.com.
That’s right. You won’t be subjected to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” over and over. Sometimes it’s pop music, sure. Sometimes it’s opera. Sometimes it’s reggae. It’s all sorts of things. And your kids will be enthralled by it all, and you may find yourself bopping along as well.
Already a fan, or you’re newly converted to the appreciation of The Backyardigans? Then be sure to visit the newly launched Backyardigans Store at Ty’s Toy Box. Some of the things there are so adorable it should be illegal. And funny little creatures don’t creep me out nearly as much as technicolor humans.