My Daughter Loves Care Bears

Growing up as a little girl I always loved the Care Bears.  So cute and cuddly with those cool symbols on their chests to represent each character’s unique traits and personalities.

I bring these bears up because my daughter age 3 is OBSESSED with the Care Bears right now! Can’t get enough.

Her favourite is Cheer Bear whom she lovingly refers to as….Cookie!

CARE BEARS: ADVENTURES IN CARE-A-LOT  -- features funny, colorful bears, each with a special way of caring and a belly badge to match.  Cheer Bear, Funshine, Share Bear, Grumpy and Oopsy live in the beautiful cloud world of Care-a-lot.  They use caring hearts and their powerful belly badges to help each other and to thwart the evil plots of Grizzle, a bad bear with his own flying lair.  Through it all the Care Bears help kids understand caring and feelings. ©2007 American Greetings Corp

I guess now that I look back on it, I might have had the same obsession.  I used to watch the show like my life depended on it.  I collected as many plush characters as I could possibly convince my parents to buy for me, ran around the house pretending to be Grumpy Bear whenever I was in a bad mood.  So I guess my little Princess takes after me a little more than I realized.

In all fairness her new and updated version of the Care Bears is very similar in values and storylines, but the big difference is in the updated CGI animation and the readily available episodes and stories featuring Care Bear Cousins and such which are available on Netflix for her to enjoy at her leisure.

It is such a wonderful feeling to see your kids growing up and enjoying things that remind you of your childhood and days gone by.  It gives us something in common from her perspective and allows us to bond over a common theme.

One major difference is that my very favourite Bear of all time is Grumpy, well because i’ve always found him to be really funny for someone who is perennially in a foul mood.

My Daughter thinks Grumpy is the worst of the bunch because he is always “mean” as she says.  Very true young lady but also a normal feeling that everyone goes thru, which is the parenting lesson i turned it into!!….Score one for the Momma Bear!!

Now if only I could get this kid to get outside and play in the sprinkler system or something fun outside of the house!

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Where are you?

The Mystery Machine, 4 people and 1…well sometimes 2 dogs.  My inner child has always wanted to be a detective.  I’m almost positive it has a lot to do with watching Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the gang solve mysteries as I was growing up.

scooby

So involved with this silly cartoon as kids that one of my best friends growing up was a cool kid named Brian.  Who also grew up into one of the best roofers I know.  If you’d like to see his skills, click here for the company he works with.

The reason I bring up Brian is because he is now a grown adult in his 30’s.  He is also a grown adult with a absolutely awful tattoo of one of my least favourite cartoon characters of all time.  Scooby-Doo’s annoying little cousin Scrappy.

scrappy

I’m not sure what it was about him that irritated me as a child.  Most likely it was just that I always enjoy status quo and every time that little bugger was on an episode it disrupted my Mystery Machine Gang mojo.

He just didn’t bring anything to the show in my opinion.  It’s great how much Scooby cares about his little cousin but we don’t need reminders about how awesome Scooby is.  The show carries his namesake for crying out loud, he’s beloved without having a whiny twirp to take care of!

No matter what, I always knew that an episode with Scrappy would always turn up crappy! (see what I did there!?)

Brian on the other hand, looked forward to those few episodes with Scrappy-Doo with such fanfare you would think he was the one who invented the character.  I’m not kidding I remember him jumping up and down, fist pumping like the his favourite team just won the Super Bowl.

When Brian turned 18 he asked me to head to the tattoo place with him and he sure enough brought out a photo of scrappy doo holding a hockey stick.  Writing this now reminds me how funny I thought it was at the time.  How persistent he was that it was a great idea and he will love it FOREVER!!!!

15 years later.  Scrappy is officially about to be covered up with a dragon.  RIP to a shitty tattoo my friend.

Now if only I could erase this shitty character from my mind so easily!

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ALVINNNN!

This is a cartoon from the 80s that has definitely stood the test of time.  Alvin and the Chipmunks was such a fun show to watch as a child.  The antics of Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they lived with their “father” Dave who also doubled as their music manager.

80s chipmunks

The Chipmunks was a blast for me mostly because of the music.  Every episode had the chipmunks singing and dancing around  It still makes me happy to this day, especially at Christmas time where the Chipmunks Christmas song is my all time holiday favourite.

Over the years the little rodents have gone from Saturday morning cartoon to a Multi sequel Hollywood franchise.  Granted these movies aren’t well reviewed and will never be considered Oscar contenders.  What they are is what they should be.  FUN! Watch the Chipmunks with a child and I guarantee they will be laughing their little hearts out.  There is something about the characters that you just relate with.  All three are so different.  Alvin is brash and arrogant.  Simon is smart and book wormish and Theodore is the sweet innocent chubby brother.

The attribute I like best about these characters is that they never use their characteristics on each other.  They are brothers and always find a way to get along and help each other.  Siblings today should be lucky to have brothers or sisters who will be there when needed and always have each others backs.

I think that is the foundation for it all at the end of the day, it resonates with kids because it is funny and heart warming…and thoughtful all at once.  The formula must be working because i’ve sat through Chipmunks, a squeakuel, Chipwrecked, Road Trip and who knows how many more.  But I know i’ll be there watching and enjoying with my kids and the way these characters resonate thru generations, perhaps one day i’ll tell my grandkids all about the Chipmunks when I was a little boy too!!…. Here’s hoping!

 

 

Where did the good cartoons go?

I was hanging out at my sister Janet’s place this weekend,  during dinner her husband Rick went on quite the rant about the poor quality of his son’s cartoons.

80s cartoon montage

Rick who was obviously doing a little early St. Patrick’s day celebrating was very upset that his son was watching Pokemon, Digimon, Johnny Test and Adventure Time.  Upset in his mind for a legit reason.  His son was being robbed of the childhood that Rick had in the (80s) – YUP it sounds as crazy written down as it did coming out of his mouth.  While this generation of children may not have The action of the Transformers, Silverhawks and Super Mario Brothers.  Nor do they have the funny and imagination inspiring Muppet Babies or Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, but is this really a problem?  (more…)

Lion-O – Lord of the Thundercats

lion-o

When thinking about a heroic character, I think of a few attributes that point to a character being a hero.  Are they likeable? Brave? up for adventure? a great leader?  Lion-o checks of all those questions with a resounding YES and then some.  I remember thinking how incredible this half cat – half human character was.  How he was meant to lead this team of warriors, the Thundercats.  His weapons were also amazing the Sword of Omens which fit snugly into his clawed glove until the moment Lion-O would shout the words Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats hoooooooooooooo!  The sword would grow and project the Thundercats logo into the sky, summoning the other Thundercats to the battle.

With his sidekick Snarf by his side, Lion-O and the Thundercats had to battle the evil Mumm-Ra.  A mummy whose magic transforms him into Mumm-Ra the Everliving!!

Along with Cheetara, Panthro, Tigra, Wily Kit and Wily Kat the Thundercats will always have a special place in my heart as one of the greatest cartoon shows of all time!

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