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What Has Happened to Children TV Shows?!

Updated on July 19, 2012
Franklin, before the dreadful transition to 3D.
Franklin, before the dreadful transition to 3D.
Franklin after the transition. Ew.
Franklin after the transition. Ew.

You all probably remember the good old 90's shows. Oh, the nostalgia I get when I think back. Do you remember the times when children TV shows actually taught a lesson? That actually were modest and entertaining enough for the whole family? I have some DVD's and recorded VHS tapes of my favorite shows as a kid stashed away somewhere in the attic or basement. And when I decide to take them out and watch them out, it's still entertaining. No matter how many times I watch them, I'll always laugh at the same joke a gazillion times. But lately, I turned on the TV, and decided to switch to the kids channel just to see if any of my favorite shows still aired. Boy was I wrong. What I saw was endless torture of little animated aliens dancing around muttering gibberish. How entertaining, I'm sure kids will learn a lot from this show (not). And that was just one show, the other shows weren't much different. I frantically looked to see if any of the good shows I remembered still aired. I saw a couple, but when I watched the current episodes, I realized that the newer producers ruined my favorite shows. Do you guys remember Franklin? That cute, animated turtle? Well, they absolutely ruined the story line of the episodes, and they ruined animation! The lovable, handrawn animations I had come to know and love were turned into 3D computer rendered animations, which look horrific. And the plot is simply disgusting and sad. What has the world come to? They call this entertainment? I miss the 90's, and not just because my childhood is there, but because it's where the entertainment was more modest. Writers and animators put more passion into their work, and cared for the children. I know as a fact, that I will never let my children watch the rubbish we have today.

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      Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

      Lol, the new Franklin designs are disgraceful.

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Totally. Makes me sad every time I see it!

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      imprezive00 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      Oh I completely agree. The shows they have on tv now are incredibly lame, uneducational or skill building, and just flat out stupid. I let my daughter Watch old re runs of curious George, Dora (which is still kind of borderline on the stupidity scale but her aunt got her hooked on it and he loves it) there is a show called word world that is kind of cool for little kids, and super why kind of encourages learning but not necessarily life lessons. What ever happened to shows like mr Rogers neighborhood? I learned so much from that show as a kid, sure they could have done without the creepy puppets but all of the other real world stuff that you learned was cool.

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Haha Mr. Rogers! Now that I think of it, the show was a tad but creepy. But I totally agree with you on the learning part. Shows today teach kids nothing but tomfoolery and dancing around. Literally. Every good show has either been taken out or dulled down to become like the other mainstream shows we have today.

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      imprezive00 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      Lol yeah and I do not like the new animation either. I mean cgi is cool for things like finding nemo but to reboot classics like Franklin an whinnie the pooh in 3d animation just doesn't look right. The classics should stay drawn cartoons.

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Well said. I couldn't agree any better.

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      imprezive00 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      Lol thanks ;)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Our kids watched Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo and Smurfs. Our granddaughters had Rainbow Brite, Pound Puppy, Care Bears, Scooby-Doo,The Wiggles and that awful little Sponge Bob.

      Saturday morning cartoons for me was Betty Boop, Casper The Friendly Ghost, and Popeye. In those days we were lucky to even have a tv I remember the day we got our first tv. Disney World, Queen for a Day, Lassie and Hit Parade, those were the good old days. Oh and of course I forgot Roller Derby.

      Very interesting hub. Cartoons are very different now days.

      Voted Up.

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      It's sad; our kids are pretty much forced to watch today's garbage. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      For some reason it's hard to watch cartoons for kids. I babysat while I was in college and if I had to watch Nickelodeon or Disney Channel- I'd find something else to do. There's no real lessons or insights in these shows- it's just like whatever comes from the minds of the people in charge (scary indeed). Awesome hub!

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      I agree. Watching modern TV in general is torture for me.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      This is the first time I've seen the re-designed "Franklin" - yikes. Kinda scary looking.

      The makers of "Thomas the Tank Engine" have gone to full-on CGI animation recently as well, which totally sucks the charm right out of them. When my kids were small they loved "Thomas" and I always admired all the work that must've went into building those quaint models, figures and miniature landscapes.

      I guess CGI has finally reached a saturation point, or it's cheaper than traditional old-school animation.

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Exactly. The producers are getting lazy and un-original. That takes the "love" out of the show.

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