Wednesday, April 6, 2011

YouTube Favorites

Just recently, Ashrie discovered YouTube.

It’s not actually a bad thing because she can learn a lot of things from educational clips, and be entertained by numerous animated videos. But we are making sure that we have screened the videos first before showing it to her. And of course, watch the same together with her.

Her favorite includes the following:

In the Night Garden
From left : Makka Pakka, Igglepiggle,The Three Tombliboos, and Upsy Daisy

Not shown here are the Pontipines and Wottingers, the teeny-weeny peg-doll families, the Haahoos which are the very large inflatable pillow-like creatures, the Tittifers are CGI-enhanced tropical birds with their own unique songs. And not to forget Ninky Nonk (train) and the Pinky Ponk (airship). What we love: Need I say more? The out-of-this-world names and the cute songs never fail to amuse.

Brewster, Wilson, and Koko are the trainees in Chuggington. With the help of experienced chuggers, (one is called Papa Pete) they learn the value of loyal friendship, honesty, listening carefully, persisting under adversity, completing tasks, resolving conflict without violence, and many similar important life values.What we love: Aside from the values to be learned, we love how the locomotives are very much animated unlike their "more serious" counterpart, Thomas and Friends (please don't get me wrong, Ashrie loves Thomas too and has 4 books on him) and we adore the characters' accent as well! Traintastic!

Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
The BFF (stands for best friends forever) need no further introduction.What we love: It's funny how these girls experience rivalry, they have arguments and misunderstandings, and they fight as well! But in the end they will always be BFF.

Pocoyo (even most of the clips are in Spanish)
An inquisitive young boy clad in blue, together with the rest of the gang: Elly the ballet-dancing pink elephant, always carrying a blue backpack; Pato the yellow duck with the green hat, he can rotate his beak 360 degrees, and Loula the dog with purple patches.What we love: The 3D animation, no backdrops, but all are simply set in white.

Tom and Jerry (Brace yourselves for a lot of PG!) Despite being very energetic and determined, Tom is no match for Jerry's brains and wits. So what lesson can we learn from this popular cat-chase-mouse plot? Ah, violence, lots of it. And "little creature" empowerment! Oh well.

Silly Symphony
These are very old animated series dating back to the 1920s but I simply could not remember watching any of the 75 episodes of Silly Symphony. We love the musicale-like theme of these cartoons, the vintage appeal, and the moral lessons from the stories. I can't wait to share one of our well-loved stories, The Wise Little Hen. Here it is.

By the way, that was Donald Duck's first appearance ever! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we do.

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