Topic: cartoon characters

Seeing These 90s Cartoon Characters Knocked Up Will Make You Rethink Your Childhood

Seeing These 90s Cartoon Characters Knocked Up Will Make You Rethink Your Childhood

There’s nothing more fun than watching an episode of The Simpson’s 15 years later, only to realize that the show is just as funny, if not funnier, than it was when you were a kid. I may be biased, but I truly love the 90s. There was something about the grungy culture and alternative music that made me feel like the coolest high schooler on the block. I also firmly believe it was the perfect time in history because our generation got to enjoy the introduction of the Internet and the cell phone, before every baby was born with an iPad in their hands. More »

10 Educational Shows That Parents Don’t Hate Watching With Their Children

10 Educational Shows That Parents Don't Hate Watching With Their Children

This week, we’ve learned that educational television is an acceptable form of laziness and escape for stressed out parents everywhere. While society stills tells overworked moms and dads that screen time will turn our kids into “Supersize Me” slobs, we were at least relieved to hear that some TV programs might not make children horrible, misbehaving brats. The only problem is that these educational shows also have a tendency to be mind-numbingly obnoxious. Thankfully, we found a few that aren’t. More »

10 ‘Educational’ Children’s TV Shows That Only Teach Obnoxiousness

10 'Educational' Children's TV Shows That Only Teach Obnoxiousness

So now we know, educational television programs are important. Or at least, they won’t mess up your children as much as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles marathon. As parents, we need to skip the overly aggressive cartoons and stick with something that has a little learning thrown in. Of course, the problem is that plenty of educational television shows are also intensely obnoxious. More »

Don’t Worry About Prying Your Kids Off The Couch, Just Trade Out The Power Rangers For Wild Kratts

Don't Worry About Prying Your Kids Off The Couch, Just Trade Out The Power Rangers For Wild Kratts

Sure, it would be great if our young children never spent any time zoned out on the couch, mindlessly consuming Nickelodeon and Disney shows by the hour. But let’s be realistic. Modern kids are going to watch a little television. So wouldn’t you like to know how to make that experience do the littlest damage? Of course you would. And we’re going to tell you. More »

Dear Mattel, Please Don’t Ruin Thomas The Tank Engine

Dear Mattel, Please Don't Ruin Thomas The Tank Engine

He’s one of the most simple and innocent childhood characters out there. Thomas the Tank Engine, with his primary colors and calm, thought demeanor, is seen as the epitome of classic children’s entertainment. While Mickey and Minnie were marketed to death, and Mister Rogers received a cartoon update, Thomas the Tank Engine has always been a consistent brand. Now, it’s been bought by Mattel and parents have some justifiable concerns. More »

10 Children’s Characters That Deserve A Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon

10 Children's Characters That Deserve A Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is making it’s way through the streets of New York City. Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf, and Spongebob are floating in the air for the world to admire. Dora the Explorer is hiding somewhere in there, yelling at everyone to say, “Map.”

As I watch the parade of children’s characters that have earned “Parade Balloon Status,” I have to admit that I’m a little underwhelmed. I mean, Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Really? More »

5 Girl-Power Cartoons That Defy Gender Stereotypes

5 Girl-Power Cartoons That Defy Gender Stereotypes

When I think about cartoons for girls, it’s easy to imagine lots of princesses and fairies. The traditional examples of girlhood on television normally involve little ponies or supportive sidekicks. When it comes to strong and intelligent cartoon characters, I often find my daughter asking, “Mom, are there any girls in this show?” But that isn’t the case with these new cartoons, which all feature strong and assertive female role models. More »