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We are, perhaps selfishly, giving Ava and Lulu a heavy dose of our own 1970s US/UK childhoods - we have Electric Company, Sesame Street, Mary, Mungo & Midge, Clangers, Schoolhouse Rock, Herbs, etc DVDs. But it does seem like a bit of a golden age of children's TV. But we would say that.
Their behaviour is absolutely shot to pieces after a heavy day of TV (i.e., we've resorted to it because there's something we really have to do that doesn't involve them) - they don't listen, they're disobedient, they're moody, etc. So, y'know, moderation in all things. There seems to be an ideal of about 30-35min during which they're entertained, engaged, asking questions...beyond that it's very much zombie mode. There are some exceptions - Ava was genuinely rapt and charmed throughout the whole of Miyazaki's Totoro, for example. And they were golden during their one cinema visit (The Aristocats, a kids' matinee at the Barbican - OUR first cinema visit since 2004!).
It's a meaninglessly small sample, but the one family we know who don't own a TV have two super-bright girls (four and two, like ours - plus a baby brother) who are exceptionally articulate but also rather disconcertingly serious for their age. But I'm not going to suggest that's down to no telly!
I suppose we should be grateful that we hear "Can I dance to Blondie/We Are The Robots/the monkey song*/crazy fast music**" as much as "Can I have a little bit of CBeebies?"
(* - Peanut by Quitzow; ** - Get Yr Snack On by Amon Tobin)
― Michael Jones, Saturday, 4 April 2009 08:48 (fourteen years ago) link
The Aristocats, a kids' matinee at the Barbican
Don't make the mistake we made and get the Aristocrats - it's not the same thing AT ALL...
― commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 10:03 (fourteen years ago) link
four years pass...
ten months pass...
one month passes...
They watched Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best! the other night. It's a 15 certificate but that's pretty much entirely for swearing and they can get past that. They loved it so much. Lulu (7) thought it was better than the Lego Movie, which is high praise indeed.
I mean, they already have a "band" (Pitchfork Pandemonium) which isn't much less realised than Bobo and Klara's band in the first half of the film. They could relate.
― Michael Jones, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 13:24 (eight years ago) link
four years pass...
I'm prob considered weird (or eurotrash lol) for letting my kids watch most things. We watched Sex Education together. Ophelia's 13 yo. Actually it should be required watching for all teens. It's awesome.
― nathom, Monday, 11 February 2019 21:17 (four years ago) link