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Peppa Pig and associated ills: three children’s programmes we’re too old to understand!

Posted on July 1, 2013 by

Peppa Pig and associated ills: three children’s programmes we’re too old to understand!

If you’ve ever joined your little one in front of the television or popped it on for a bit of background noise while doing the ironing in the afternoon, you’ll probably have come across some rather odd programmes that have undoubtedly left you feeling a little bewildered. As parents, it is our duty to sit through the third or fourth viewing of our children’s favourite show, but should we be worried that we don’t understand them? Or is it something better left for the kids to comprehend? Perhaps we’re just too old. With so much interest in finding box sets of children’s programmes at reasonable prices on Flubit.com, we felt inclined to find out a little more about them, and felt a little stumped when we didn’t learn anything at all…


peppa-pigPeppa Pig eats meatballs

At first glance… Peppa Pig is a mild, cute animation designed for young children that revolves around an anthropomorphic pig family of four. Peppa, the main character is about four years old and faces issues typical to that of a human child, such as conquering her fear of thunder. Peppa’s family and her group of animal friends help her as much as they can whenever she is faced with difficult decisions or problems.


After one or two episodes… Peppa seeks help from all of her animal friends – apart from the ducks who cannot talk. No reason is given for this, though perhaps it is because they live on water and the different environment causes a language barrier, as all the other animals live in houses on top of hills…


Even more concerning is the fact that while Peppa enjoys popular human child activities such as jumping in puddles and riding her bike, she also loves to eat their favourite dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Without being too graphic, we can’t help but wonder which of Peppa’s many animal friends Mama Pig is mincing and serving to the family for dinner. Of course, if it were to make any of them ill, they could always see vet or even a doctor, as both are available…


spongebob-squarepantsSpongebob Squarepants lights fire underwater

At first glance… Spongebob Squarepants is a yellow ‘sea sponge’ that lives at the bottom of the ocean in a place called Bikini Bottom. He works in a restaurant and has a best friend who is a starfish called Patrick and an enemy called Squidward. The two friends find themselves in comically tricky situations and constantly get into trouble, often involving Squidward, who tries to avoid them at all costs. Most episodes offer positive messages about friendship, hard work or loyalty.


After one or two episodes… Squidward is actually an octopus, not a squid as you may have first thought, whose species just so happens to be on the menu at the restaurant Krusty Krab, where Spongebob works. Also on the menu are many other of his acquaintances, so it’s not hard to see why he often finds himself in a spot of bother – though Spongebob himself eats hamburgers…


While Spongebob and Patrick find themselves in some peculiar situations, one of the strangest must have been when they successfully lit a fire on a beach underwater – or perhaps it was when Spongebob, the sponge mislaid his shorts…


pinguPingu eats vegetables

At first glance… Pingu is a claymation series about a family of penguins in Antarctica who live and work in igloos. The main character, Pingu, often goes on adventures with his little sister Pinga and gets into mischief with his best friend Robbie. It is full of many touching moments, such as when Robbie hurts his fin on a rock and him and Pingu both cry, many situations young children can learn from and scenarios that both children and adults alike will find amusing. All of the characters speak Penguish.


After one or two episodes… Pingu’s best friend Robbie is a seal who is more likely to want to eat him than play with him, being that some species of seals often prey on penguins. But even if he did turn on Pingu suddenly, Pingu would probably be able to get away, being that he is able to change his size and morph into a ball accordingly. These super-penguin abilities could be a result of Pingu often eating his fish with a side of vegetables, cleverly gathered from an unknown source in the middle of the South Pole…


Should they run out of vegetables at any point, Pingu and the rest of the his friends and family are expert at catching fish, as their favourite hobby is ice fishing with a fishing rod, so they’re unlikely to ever go hungry. Perhaps, if it really comes to it, Pingu’s dad could sell all of the clothes he spends his time ironing that nobody ever wears…


Obviously, there are flaws in every children’s programme that educated grown-ups could pick up on, but what do they matter to us? The bright colours, music and relatable characters capture children’s attention and deliver important messages to them that we may not always be able to teach them effectively. Rather than fret over a pig riding a bike or a sponge eating hamburgers, worry instead about where you might able to find these box sets for your children at a reasonable price! Once you’ve found the box set you know will keep your children occupied for hours on end, simple paste the link onto Flubit.com and we’ll make you a personal, perfect-price offer you can’t refuse!



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