Brennan, my almost five year old son, for whatever reason has discovered and fallen in love with Strawberry Shortcake. Watching him enjoying movies and TV shows that I loved as a child has been so much fun, however, I have a big bone to pick with all of these updated characters.Let's look at the Strawberry Shortcake that I knew and loved. I loved her so much that I bought my mom a Strawberry Shortcake video tape for her birthday when I was four years old. (Okay when I say, "I bought" I meant my dad bought.) Now, she's "updated" and, well, really pretty! What about the younger looking Strawberry who was more like me as I was a child? I don't have any qualms with bringing back classic TV characters but why do we have to update them? We have everything from Littlest Pet Shop (one of my sister's favorites) to the ever changing and popular Barbie. These characters are brilliant but in order for them to sustain popularity with today's kids perhaps they need a new look? Or maybe the new look is geared towards us, the parents, the keepers of those dollars? Whatever the case, there's one character that hasn't seemed to make a comeback in a new updated version and I have to admit that I'm happy about that. Who is it? It's my favorite, Rainbow Brite. She hasn't seemed to attract the attention of modern day toy makers and I'm more than okay with that. Look at her? She's so sweet! I've seen some "updated" versions of her and I don't know, she's way too grown up for my taste. Oh and don't even get me started on the horror that is Pluto, the star, not the planet.
Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids, in the "Brand New Day" song from the Star Stealer movie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] What characters were your favorite from your childhood? Have they come back and if so are they updated? What do you think?
I’m glad they made Strawberry Shortcake look less like a doll. My only problem with the Strawberry Shortcake update is that, like every other character for girls, I think they made her too thin. But the Ponies…they were totally fine how they were—I don’t know why they changed them!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were my favorite… and now they just look creepy. :(
I agree that Daniel Tiger is a pretty good interpretation of the Mr. Roger’s world (still respecting the lessons, while not trying to replicate it exactly). I hate how all girl characters look like Bratz dolls these days. We stick with PBS kids stuff because I can’t stand how all cartoons are just commercials for toys.
Nothing about the updated and older Dora?
I love watching shows with my daughter that I watched as a child too! It brings me back to my childhood :)
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