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?
My favorite characters from childhood have been remade time and time again, and I have never really liked the “updates”. I was more of a tomboy when Iwas younger so I liked shows that weren’t as “pretty”. I was in love with X-men and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Oh, and Power Rangers. I have seen new cartoons and movies for all of these and always feel some type of way with each.
We must be of a similar age, because I loved Strawberry shortcake and My Little Pony as a kid, but can’t stand what they have done to these characters now. Why does every character need to have a skinny little waist and hair that falls just so? I swear, if they touch a Rainbow Brite it’s all over, lol.
I loved Barney as a very young child… he hasn’t really changed much. But even Scooby has changed and not for the better!
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