Don’t get me wrong – this is not another article extolling the evils of screentime. I am not anti TV – on the contrary I think that TV can be an incredible source of learning for kids if navigated with some thought. So what exactly is my problem with children’s TV these days?
At the risk of sounding like an old foge, for the purposes of this post, I’m going to concentrate on the reinvention of some of our much beloved classics – yup, we’re talking Thomas The Tank Engine, Postman Pat and the like.
Do you ever have a sneaking suspicion that kids are over stimulated these days? I certainly do, and all I need to do it take a look at some of the reinventions of these TV series twenty or thirty years on, and it certainly looks this way.
Thomas The Tank Engine goes from the gentle everyday chugging of Thomas and crew…
…to whizz bang in your face emergency scenarios which make you feel that the world is constantly on the verge of some travesty.
Postman Pat has seen a departure from trundling along across the hills and valleys, delivering delight and surprise to his much beloved community…
to haring around the place like the human race depended on his very existence.
In both these once classics, everything has been sooped up, sped up, and amped up to become an adrenaline-pumped viewing experience second to none.
Next the Clangers will be having a rave in outer space.
In today’s fast paced world, where quite frankly – TV needs to be more than ever a way of relaxing and unwinding after a busy and over scheduled day, do we really need these remakes to be quite so exhilarating? Does everything need to be such a gripping, nail-chewing drama? I say it’s time to bring back the simple pleasures of children’s TV , when the world wasn’t so fast, crazed, emergency or drama driven.
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