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Kids' Show Brings "The Beatles" Down?

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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's Mom Logic: I'm not sure if I want the Wonder Pets introducing my kids to the Beatles.


Nickelodeon's The Wonder Pets! are traveling to Liverpool in their new episode "Save the Beetles!" to introduce our children to the music of the Beatles. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for kids experiencing the music of the most prolific, artistic and influential rock band of my lifetime. But are the Wonder Pets the best role models to do it?

The show centers around three friends with major issues who have deluded themselves into thinking that the world's problems can be solved through teamwork - pretty naïve fellas. First there's Linny, the bulimic Guinea Pig, who blurts out "This calls for some celery!" no matter how inappropriate the occasion. Then there's Turtle Tuck, a needy little guy who's constantly asking for hugs from any random stranger who will oblige him--abandonment issues, anyone? And finally, rounding out the dysfunctional trio is Ming Ming Duckling who, despite the disclaimer at the start of each episode that the show is designed to build vocabulary in preschoolers, has an obvious speech impediment. You only need to hear her catchphrase "this is sewious" just the once to want to deep fry her butt.

It just seems wrong to introduce such classic, kid-friendly hits as "Yellow Submarine" by having them interpreted by the animal trio. The show creator, Josh Selig, says "They were such brilliant songwriters that just cross over every age group." I agree but what ever happened to just putting on the actual music and dancing around the living room with our kids? I wonder.

The "Save the Beetles!" episode premieres April 21 (7 p.m. EDT).

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
JMM April 21, 2008, 6:10 PM

My kids love the Wonderpets and my husband and I like the Beatles. At least if we’re going to watch something with them, we can enjoy it too. I like when kids’ shows think of the parents who are watching along.

justin April 21, 2008, 9:47 PM

The Wonderpets are nice and I like listening to the Beatles with my mommy.

Fontaine April 22, 2008, 1:55 AM

The use of classic rock songs is just there to give the parents something to enjoy. Lucky for other parents the age demographic the wonder pets is targeting is the under four set; so most children that young aren’t judging the characters so harshly. So some adults get to continue watching a cute little show with some good music choices. The little ones are just happy some animal friends talk and have adventures. What’s wrong with team work anyway??

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