Teletubbies - I don't get it

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  1. Chris Baucom

    Chris Baucom Stunt Coordinator

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    Like most of you who have toddlers or young kids, my wife and I try to limit the amount of TV our kids (ages 27 months, and twins that are 18 months) watch and we screen whatever they are allowed to watch. The other day, I turned the TV on and flipped past the Teletubbies on PBS. My oldest saw it and indicated an interest in watching it, so I said okay and we watched it together.

    The show is a combination of live-action video (real-life kids cooking or making crafts, playing, etc.) and the tubbies. I have to admit that I didn't get it or see the "educational benefit" from the show. My son seemed interested in it and it held his attention, but the editing seemed strange to me. For example, halfway through, a 3 or 4 minute live-action piece was intentionally played twice, back-to-back. And there seemed to be an inordinate amount of time spent focusing on the tubbies jumping around or just looking at each other.

    Admittedly, I have only seen this show once, but can someone tell me why this show is so popular?
     
  2. Jason Seaver

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    Well, you don't get it because you're not two. It's specifically designed to be entertaining to toddlers, with a lot of bright colors, repetitive reinforcement, and very little dialogue. Small children's brains are apparently much more visual (and less linguistic) than those of adults, and the repetition is also geard toward toddlers - at that stage of development, showing them the same thing several times in a row is supposedly more effective than showing multiple things in a row (too confusing) or the same thing spaced out over a period of time.
     
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    Nothing beats the educational and entertainment value of good ol' Sesame Street.
     
  5. Chris Baucom

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    Thanks for the input, guys. I guess I am just a Sesame Street/Thomas the Tank Engine old fart!
     
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    They are pure evil, EVIIILLLL! I have setup my TVs to black out all Teletubbies and Barney shows. I much rather have my daughter watch Blues Clues, Sesame Street, Wiggles, Mr Dressup or Bob the builder. MUCH better shows IMO.

    Dean
     
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    Going through the whole toddler TV thing for the second time around I've reached a few conclusions about the state of kiddie TV. Teletubbies are like crack for the pre-3 set and I don't really mind their mindless jabbering. Barney is evil and disliked by most. Sesame Street is a non-stop barrage of noise and chaos that neither I nor the kids can stand for very long. The Wiggles flat out scare me as a quartet of men sporting serious five o-clock shadow and cavorting around sounds more like a Simpsons episode gone horribly wrong. The only kiddie TV that I'll actually admit to liking is Arthur.
     
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    I'm amazed that your wife gave birth to your first and then had twins just 9 months later!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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    I watch the Tubbies and it feels like I'm halucinating when they roll those clips back-to-back.[​IMG]

    Bob the builder rules.

    Nothing like a few episodes of Blues Clues to get me thinking in the morning, either.[​IMG]
     
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    My kid always enjoyed "Pulp Fiction" as a toddler [​IMG]

    But I must admit, I am lost with the intrinsic value of the tubs. I honestly think kids should hear adults properly articulating words, even at the youngest age. Read to your kids, rather than watch dem tubs.
     
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    With the greatest respect to you guys - have you been on a different planet the last few years? Tellytubbies have been around for ages! Heck, it's even been referenced on The Simpsons.

    The programme is originally British (different countries insert their own 'real life' clips into the centre of the show). I think it's safe to say that Brit parents and child care experts generally love it.

    Comparing it with Sesame Street et al is missing the point - they are intended for older kids. And you are *way* wide of the mark with the 'jabbering' criticisms; the use of babbling was very carefully thought out. Young kids can identify with the characters far better than characters with an adult-level vocabulary. I hate to break it to you folks, but it's *your* job to teach your kids to speak, not the TV's.
     
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    "Teletubbies - I don't get it "

    If you're watching Tele-tubbies I understand why[​IMG]

    Brent
     
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    The first time I saw the teletubbies I got a sick feeling in my stomache. It may just be me but I think that show is evil and is probablly sending wicked and evil subliminal messages to children.
    Then again I'm not all there....
    [​IMG]
     
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    But Sesame Street is aimed at four and five year olds, PreKinder and Kindergarten age kids ...I think it is cool that the babies have a show aimed at them.
     
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    The most shocking thing about the Teletubbies is that the purple one is gay! (not that there's anything wrong with it) [​IMG]
     
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    I stumbled on the show accidentally a few years ago, and loved it. Purchasing the 4 stuffed toys ($100) followed immediately. A couple more viewings of part of the show were enough. I mean after all, I'm not 2 and I already knew how to wash my hands. The laughing Sun infant is really my favorite part.
    My 6 and 8 year old daughters are not interested in Teletbbies, they say it's for "little kids."
    The toys are MINE!


    Little known fact: The tallest Tubby is right at 7 feet!
     
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