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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