Got a promo email today from the folks at Cartoon Network. But before I tell you what it’s about, let me give you a little backstory.
I basically can’t stand the Cartoon Network.
Now I like Looney Toons and Scooby Doo as much as the next person, but something about the newer Cartoon Network shows sets my teeth on edge. The noise? The commercials? Who knows. The only time it’s on is when we stay in a hotel with the kids and we’re all too exhausted to come up with anything more creative than flip on the TV. My children flop on the bed and go into a special state of open-mouthed catatonia when they watch the Cartoon Network — it’s rather chilling to behold.
In other words, the likelihood of my posting anything promoting the Cartoon Network on Parent Hacks is…small.
This should give you an indication about how excited I am about a new TV show set to premiere on CN on 2/4: The Mr. Men Show.
My husband grew up reading Roger Hargreaves’s Mr. Men book series, and introduced them to our kids. These are silly little stories about the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters — each of which is based on a habit or personality trait (Mr. Messy, Mr. Happy, Little Miss Helpful, etc.). The kids love the humor, and I love the opportunity to introduce the kids to aspects of their own selves.
The Mr. Men Show is an animated sketch comedy geared toward 2-11 year-olds — we’re not talking educational television here. But if the show follows the book’s lead, the fun may open the door to thinking about feeling.
We’ve got basic cable at home (no Cartoon Network), so I hope someone will watch and write up a review (email me if you’re up for it). I have high hopes for this show!