There are several programs that we know our child has seen at least ten times just this month. It’s true that many episodes get repeated. But just as often, many programs just start sounding the same after a while.
I love the laughable things that are said. Jenna and I can laugh at the same program, but usually at different parts. And usually whatever is funny to me makes her wonder exactly why I am laughing.
There was one time (before Jenna had started going to preschool for four days a week) when she was in my bedroom watching Sesame Street. I had just finished folding clothes and was going in and out of different rooms and putting the folded laundry away. So I wasn’t watching Sesame Street, but was in the room long enough to hear this dialogue between Maria and Telly.
First she praised Baby Bear for having guessed the last sound (I think a horse) correctly. The next sound was a “vroom, vroom . . .” like that of a motorcycle.
Maria asks Telly if he can guess the sound. He thinks about it before answering that “. . . it sounds like a bunch of lactose intolerant antelope ate a bunch of cottage cheese . . .”
Jenna didn’t see any humor in it whatsoever and couldn’t figure out why I was laughing. That wasn’t the correct answer.
Oswald is a unique cartoon that features three friends, Oswald, a purple octopus; Henry, an uptight persnickety penguin; and Daisy – well, a daisy. They live in a city with some odd shaped buildings like a guitar and teepee. Other characters include Steve, a tree; Egbert and Leo (egg brothers) Madam Butterfly and her baby caterpillar, Catrina and Johnny the snowman.
Oswald is the peacemaker of the show. Usually resolving issues among the different characters. Usually between Henry and Daisy. Henry says things that make me laugh – just because he’s so self-centered and persnickety.
Peep is a cartoon narrated by Joan Cusack. It involves three foul: Quack – a blue duck; Chirp, a red robin; and Peep, a fairly new yellow chick. Chirp is the know-it-all who tries to put Quack in his place, and Quack never gets it. His character reminds me a little bit of Oswald’s Henry – only younger.
Martha’s voice (from Martha Speaks) alone is enough to make me laugh. I don’t know what it is about the voice – but it’s not one that I personally could never hear and be able to take it seriously.
But I think the program I laugh the most at is “Arthur”. Though I am guilty of having watched Oswald and Peep, I only hear pieces of Arthur.
Arthur: What makes feel so stressed is –
Buster cuts him off: a bear?
A: I was going to say a test
B: Why worry about a test? I think I’d be much more worried
Even DW (I can’t stand that whiny character) made me laugh in one episode when Pal (the dog) is trying to eat her sandwich and DW says, “Hey, I don’t go around trying to eat your dog food, do I?”
I suppose it depends on my frame of mind. It’s nice to be able to laugh.