1.) Tell us about a kids TV show that you would be happy watching…without your kids.
2.) What was the last thing your child threw a temper tantrum over? Write a blog post from his/her point of view.
3.) Do you love YouTube? Share five of your all time favorite YouTube videos.
4.) Pumpkins! Anything with pumpkins!
5.) Open Instagram (if you have an account) and scroll down to the 4th photo shared by a friend. Share the photo, link to the person who posted it, and let it inspire a blog post.
How can I decide between those?!!! Well... actually, I knew that 5 was out. I don't have an Instagram account. And four... well, it didn't draw me in as much. But with the other three, my brain has been running around and around, trying to decide which one is best. I mean, there are a few kids TV shows that I love watching even when my kids aren't around. And I suspect writing about Pete's last tantrum from his point of view would have everyone cracking up. And the YouTube videos... I've got a favorite list to pull from. So what to do?
Answer all three!
Let's start with 1) Tell us about a kids TV show that you would be happy watching
I actually have four that I watch without the boys on a regular basis, three of which are comic-based. I've actually set up the DVR to tape Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Young Justice. I've been on a huge superhero kick and this feeds nicely into it. Avengers is straight up Superhero Team adventures, but it does help develop the characters, and the storylines that they've had are very engaging. Iron Man is basically asking "what if we put the people in Tony Stark's world back in High School?" The artistic style is CGI, which is kind of eh for me, but the storylines pull me in every time. Young Justice is a step away from Teen Titans. They have a lot of the same backstory, but they don't go by the name Teen Titans and their line-up is a bit different from both the comic and the TV series. Plus is has Mia as Green Arrow's protege in the group and Alan Tudyk as the voice of Green Arrow. *swoon*
Here's a brief glimpse at all three of these shows:
The fourth one is just pure awesome in a 30 minute format: Phineas and Ferb. Seriously, this is probably the best kids show on television right now.
For those unfamiliar with the show, it's about two young brothers and how they make their summer count. Every day, with every episode, you'll hear Phineas say, "Ferb, I know what we're going to do today!" And they, along with their friends, proceed to build something that is beyond imagination - often breaking a few laws of physics along the way. Their older sister, Candace, is always trying to bust them to their mother and her attempts just add to the fun. There's always a B-Plot as well, involving their pet platypus, Perry. They think that because he's a platypus, he doesn't do much. What they don't know, however, is that he's actually a secret agent that fights his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, as the later tries his latest scheme to take over the Tri-State area.
So why do I like it? First of all, it's just a FUN show, and one that doesn't take itself too seriously. There are physical gags, intellectual puns, self-referential humor... there's always laugh out loud moments. I know that if I'm in a bad mood, an episode of P & F will often turn that around.
Second, the characters are awesome. They each have their little quirks, their problems, their strengths and each gets explored at one time or another throughout the run of the series. And it's not just the "stars", but the secondary characters as well. Whether we're watching Isabella and her crush on the clueless Phineas, finding out the softer side of the bully Buford, or smiling along with Candace's boyfriend, Jeremy, at his girlfriend's latest attempts to bust her brothers, we know that we're getting to know the characters a little better.
Then there's the fact that, unlike so many kids shows that drive me insane, the kids have parents that are involved in their lives and also have *gasp* personalities. Linda Flynn-Fletcher and Lawrence Fletcher have their own quirks, strengths and weaknesses. Linda was a former pop-star who is incredibly happy being a stay-at-home mom. Lawrence owns an antique store and, while he sees a little more than Linda does of the boys' contraptions, he seems to be a little more clueless. But the important thing is that they are always there, in the background, letting the kids be kids yet being a steadying presence. Soooo much better than Max and Ruby.
Finally, there's the music. Each episode has an original song, often in a different style. Being the music lover that I am, I love any show that incorporates songs into their episodes. Most shows have music, and those that have songs are usually spotlighting an artist for that song. P & F have a different song, often sung by the characters, every week. The songs are catchy, they introduce kids to a wide variety of musical styles, and they mesh perfectly with the show. I honestly would love a copy of every single song they play on the show. It would be on the CD player in my van and I'd listen to it even when the kids weren't with me. (I do have one of the discs already, and that gets played a lot.)
Now here's a taste of this wonderful show, showcasing one of my favorite songs, "Busted":
Babelcolour is THE name in Doctor Who tribute videos. He's made fake trailers, done tributes, shows the history of the show in one awesome video... I don't think I've ever seen him create anything bad. This is one of my favorites, set to Carbon Leaf's "What About Everything.
When it comes to parody songs, I've always felt the geekier the better. And being the gaming geek that I am, "Roll a D6" is near the top of both my "most awesome parody songs" list and my "most awesome videos" list.
All of the reboot of Doctor Who is on Netflix... except the Children in Need specials they shoot yearly. This short episode, where the 10th Doctor gets a chance to meet the 5th Doctor when their TARDISes collide, is one the best. Especially because of the 10th Doctor's speech at the end. Because, for so many of us, Peter Davison was our Doctor.
I can't have a favorite video list without putting up a video of one of my boys. This video was shot a few weeks ago when we had family in town for Pete's birthday. We'd gone to Steak-n-Shake for lunch and Pete just started singing this song. I wanted proof, so I turned my camera to video mode and just started recording. You can hear Teddy prompting him in the background, too.
So those are my responses to three of the five prompts. I hope you've enjoyed another glimpse into my mind and my life!