Old Nick vs New Nick Part 2

My Best Friend Carly hates iCarly. First of all, they have the same name. So when she would volunteer at Preschools and introduce herself, the little kids would ask her, “Hey aren’t you the girl from iCarly?” Second, they would ask her where Sam and Freddie were. Then they would ask her how come she wasn’t at home doing her show. This ticked Carly off 100%. Carly hated iCarly because she didn’t want to share the same name with a person who thought it was funny to make weird sounds and punch homeless people. She also didn’t understand the point of the show. Why was this girl trying to make the great points of Old Nick look so horrible? How was that even possible? Then there was the fact that people always called her iCarly.

The iCarly Cast. You might recognize Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) as the little sister from Drake and Josh and also School of Rock.

My friend looks nothing, and I repeat, nothing like Miranda Cosgrove. Carly has long wavy goldish brown hair while Miranda has straight black hair and as Carly says, “An annoying voice.” She was always disappointed when her youngest brother would watch iCarly on their TV at home. iCarly was a bad example and she learned nothing from her mistakes. According to my friend, Carly on the show broke at least 4 different laws whenever she watch the show (and she has seen the show about three times.) iCarly runs on doing stupid thing to make kids laugh. So how does that differ from the live action shows from the 90s?

All That was the preteen version of Saturday Night Live. They did crazy sketches involving food, loud noise, and wacky characters. Kennan and Kel was a show with two of All That’s members about two African American boys living in Chicago and the crazy things they got into. The Garcia Brothers, Unfabulous, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd, Clarissa Explains It All,  and more were shows I watched as a kid. Some were random, and some I learned lessons from. The way the shows kept your attention with story lines and entertainment were balanced in these shows.

Check it, check it, check it, now this is just an introduction before I blow your mind. The show is All of That and yes we do it all the time. So sit your booty on the floor or in a chair, ground or in the air, just don't go no where. 'Cause everything we do It's all of that! When entertaining you; We all of that! My posse and my crew. It's all of that! So sit still 'cause we're coming right back!

Now I have watched iCarly a number of times. Mostly to catch a celebrity who is randomly on the show like The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons. And I do have to say that I understand why it’s popular. It tries to use the old humor that Nick use to have with it’s 90s shows and it’s early 2000s shows. But it doesn’t have that lastly effect that the shows I grew up with did. iCarly’s audience are children between 9-14. So what happened to kids from about 6-8? They watch it too, but what do they get from it? What good is throwing food at people and laughing if they got hurt? What lessons do they learn besides falling in love and not getting the guy you wanted? At least when I watched Zoey 101 I learned something from it.

So the question that has been formed is this: Is there truly a difference between Old Live Action Nick and New Live Action Nick? And the answer is yes and no. Watching these shows with my 10 year old Golden Retriever, I have discovered that there is a difference but also a similarity. New Nick shows concentrate on relationships more than they do the heart of the show making it a mini TeenNick. Heck iCarly and Victorious are part of TeenNick showing the marketing for Teens. So what happened to the Live Action Shows that were market towards children as well? I guess that is the difference between the 90s and now. The 90s had shows and movies where they made sure you learned a lesson at the end. It could had been that brushing your teeth is important and a kid would have gotten it.

Here let me give you a better example.

Spongebob Squarepants when it first started vs now

When Spongebob first aired, there was a great balance between learning a simple lesson and having fun. Hey I’m not going to lie here, I learned how to tie my shoes better watching that crazy yellow sponge. Now he just goes around doing overly stupid things with Patrick not learning anything at the end. It’s like the more stupid and disguesting you are, the funnier it is. That was not really the case when Spongebob first stated. Having Patrick as the stupid one was enough to get the point. But having both Patrick Star and Spongebob not get the point just creates confusion and does not build a good story line.

So which one wins for me? Old Nick for sure. Old Nickelodeon gives more of a fun safe feel to it that balances everything together from learning a lesson to laughing your heart away. TV ahas changed since I watched it. I can barely watch cartoons on Cartoon Network anymore (That’s for a different post). But I know that once this new generation grows up and Nick once again changes how they do their network, those kids will be making a post just like mine saying how much better iCarly is than Show blah blah blah. But I know that when that argument comes along, my friend Carly will be right there to prove them wrong.

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Journal Entry: My Favorite Disney Movies

What was my favorite Disney movie? That has been a big question since I entered into college. For a while I pretended that it was the Lion King. But then I realized that I only like the movie because I love the musical. But this took a year to really think about the answer for. I was lost thinking about every single Disney movie I watched as a child over and over again. What movie I watched every week not which one I had the most toys from because that was what my parents and my Grandparents got me. It was a challenged but after a year of thinking, I think I came up with the answer.

I thought about the times I would visit my Big Mama, my mom’s mother, over on the West Side of Chicago. Since she only had local channels, I would bring over my own movies to watch. The three movies I would always bring were The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Oliver and Company, The Rescuers: Down Under, and The Fox and the Hound. Sure I loved the Disney Princesses and I was a huge fan of Peter Pan since I loved Tinkerbell so much. But those four movies were always the ones I would watch. Kind of strange isn’t it?

My favorite Disney Movies

However they weren’t strange or random picks by a five-year-old going to her Big Mama’s house. All four movies were related in a way. These four movies weren’t fairy tales where the main character got everything they wanted, well maybe Oliver and Company, but all of them had the message of being different is normal. That you have to face your problems head on and that no matter what, you will have friends by your side. Now you might be saying “Hey there Monica, that’s The Lion King you are talking about.” But it’s not. The Lion King had a whole different message to it. Yes those were the sub messages, but the main one was that you have to follow the circle of life. My four favorite movies dealt with more serious issues. They were a bit darker than most, and they had a more mature story line than the Lion King. (Please don’t kill me) These three movies including The Great Mouse Detective, which I never owned but saw on a few occasions, were some of the most underrated Disney films ever. They deserve more hype than they have.

Sitting with friends and talking about why we love the films we loved, I knew why I love these three films better than any other Disney movie. Yes the Lion King showed Mufasa’s death and all that jazz, but it didn’t show the true darkness and sadness that the Hunchback showed. It didn’t show the loneliness that Oliver and Company had. And it didn’t show the true bound of Friendship and trust that Oliver and Company had. I might be rambling right now but this is a simple journal entry about my thoughts about my favorite Disney movies. I just feel like they should be heard. What was your favorite Disney movie and why? Do you think it’s underrated?

Powerpuff Save the Day!

Everyone has his or her favorite super hero. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Wolverine, The Flash, the list goes on and on. As a female watching TV and wishing for a hero that wasn’t a Disney Princess, I found that Cartoon Network’s The Powder Puff Girls took a good portion of my time and worshipping. They were originally called the Kick-Ass Girls but to be able to still be a children’s show, they changed the name to the Powder Puff Girls.

From Left to Right: Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup. My heroes when I was in the second grade.

This show was all female power. Three little girls made from Sugar, spice, everything nice with an extra accidental ingredient, Chemical X. Professor Utonium  just wanted daughter who were the perfect little girls but instead he created superheroes. The Powder Puff Girls were soon fighting crime in their city of Townsville. These 30 minute episodes with great storylines and a funny nostalgic feel to it, made the show a winner in my heart and in the hearts of many others.

The Powder Puff Girls had many villains such as Mojo Jojo (my aunt’s favorite), HIM, Princess Morbucks, The Gangrene Gang, and Fuzzy Lumpkins just to name a few. They were friends with the Mayor who kept a hotline phone in his office so that he could call the girls whenever the city was in trouble. But they had to do it before bedtime so that they could go to Kindergarten the next day. Even though they could fly and shoot lasers from their eyes, they still had spelling test to attend to.

I miss this show. I would often watch my favorite episode on Youtube which was the dedication to the Beatles where every line they said was a lyric from a Beatle’s song. But when I had Boomerang on my Cable TV, I would sit and watch that show like it was no tomorrow. And although my mom hated me watching that show growing up because of the violence they showed, I still watch it today. This show showed me that little girls could be superheroes too. That they could save the world and take a nap with no problem. You can still catch me at times singing the “Love” song from one of the episodes where a mime takes all the color away and Bubbles saves the day. That’s how much Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup impacted me. And that’s why I would will show my future children this show when I start a family. Powder Puff!

Talking Toys Part 1: Cabbage Patch Kids

To her it was like any other day. She woke up in her bed, yawned, and wiped the sleepy out of her eyes. She was a bit confused on why her parents kept telling her that Christmas was tomorrow yesterday. She didn’t really understand what Christmas was. All she knew was that her parents were excited. And if they were excited, then she guessed that she could be excited as well.

The little girl waited until her parents came into her room and picked her up saying, “Merry Christmas Moo-moo!” the two-year old smiled up at her parents and gave them a hug. They walked her to the living room, which was right down the hall from her room, and sat her down in front of the Christmas tree. She smiled with delight seeing all the new toys that were in front of her. Then she saw it. It was a doll. Well it was more like a stuffed baby doll but a doll no less. The doll was smiling at her with brown hair sticking up like weeds. His eyes were big and brown and had a huge smile on his face. The little girl carefully crawled over to the two and picked up it. She examined him for a while before she gave her approve. This baby doll was different than most others. It was heavier and it was also bigger than her other dolls.

The girls mother walked over to her and said, “This is a talking cabbage patch kid! You squeeze it right here on the tummy and then-“ the mother squeeze the stomach of the toy and a laugh came from it. The little girl moved away from it.

“No, no sweetie, it won’t hurt you!” the mother said. But the girl wasn’t listening. Tears started to run from her small brown eyes down her soft brown skin. When she squeezed it again it said “I love you!” and she through it across the room. Toys weren’t supposed to talk. They weren’t even supposed to laugh! And here was a perfectly good toy and it talked and laughed. What was it going to do next? Try to eat her food? The little girl did not like talking toys. And her parents found that out after searching ten different Toys ‘R Us to find this hot item.

“Maybe in the future she will like them.” Said her father.

To be Continued.

The Easy Bake Oven Nightmare

Who remembers the Easy Bake Oven? I do and my parents certainly do as well. They always bought the accessories for me but I much preferred baking with a real stove than a fake one. I always baked Christmas cookies with my dad ever since I was just a few months old. My parents would buy all the accessories for me and everything to go with the oven Santa bought for me. But see for some reason, I was too scared to use it.

Safe and fun until you get nightmares...

See it all started when I went to bed when I was about 5 years old Christmas night. I had this dream that I was baking with my easy bake oven like one of the girls on the commercial. Then suddenly, the small little oven that was white and pink and no bigger than a mini microwave, smiled at me.

“Hey there princess/” it spoke to me. My eyes widened at how this toy was talking to me. More less forming words and smiling!

“Yeah princess you heard right, I’m talking to you.” It told me. Me in my white little mermaid pjs and my hair all in braids walked closer to my talking Easy Bake Oven.

“No need to be afraid of my princess. I don’t bite.” It winked at me.

“Toys aren’t suppose to talk.” I told it. I watched it chuckle at my statement and then sighed.

“And dolls aren’t meant to be played with. Look princess you have something I want.”

“What is that?”

“You food of course! I want you to make something inside of me! Let’s have some fun!” I smiled at my Easy Bake Oven and started to get my things together to bake. Once the little packages were mixed together in my M&M pan to make a cake, I walk closer to my little oven to open it.

“Careful princess. Don’t want me to gabble you up!” it told me. I giggled and opened the door to the oven. When suddenly my Easy Bake Oven opened it’s mouth wider and gulped me up whole.

I woke up the next morning in my bed and realized that it was all a dream; A freighting dream. A terrifying dream. I hardly touched my little Easy Bake Oven since then. It’s now been given away to charity or to a friend. I don’t remember which. But I was glad when it was gone. No more dreams about being eaten by my toys. I was safe. For now that is.

Furby: A Horror Story

It was a hot summer night when it all happened. In a simple, quiet house on the south side of Chicago. Three people: one mother, her daughter, and her daughter’s friend were having a fun night of games, movies and laughter. The two girls, who were no more than 8, sat in the mother’s room playing “WAR”, a card game they learned at school.

“Okay girls,” the mother said walking into the room. “It’s time for bed. It’s almost midnight!”

“But mom! The game was getting really good!” the daughter said.

“Nope, it’s time for bed girls. Let’s turn off the light and sleep.”

“I-I-I’m afraid of the d-d-d-dark.” The friend said fiddling with her hands.

“It’s okay, we can leave the hall light on, right mom?” the daughter said.

Furby...

“Sure.” The mother smiled and patted the bed for the two girls to start lying down. The daughter curled next to her mom and the friend lied at the other end of the bed with her face towards the hallway light. The house was silent and comforting. Yet it was too dark for the friend. Her brown eyes opened only just 2 hours after closing them and was being greeted by small brown eyes as big as a ping-pong ball sitting on the TV stand.

“Furby.”

“Hello?” The friend asked.

“Furby.”

“Brit, you Furby is awake.” The friend started shaking the girl who was curled up safely in her mother’s arms until her own eyes opened.

“What?” Brit said.

“Your Furby. It’s awake.”

Brit got out of bed and walked over to the small Furbie.

“All you got to do is turn him off. Then he won’t mess with you anymore.” Brit lifted the small robotic toy upside down and switched it off. “There, now let’s go back to sleep.” The friend nodded her head and went back to sleep at the end of the bed. Only minutes later did she hear the word “Furby” start to echo in her head. She switched positions in the bed, thinking it was a dream, until she heard the voice become louder.

“Furby.”

“Brit! It’s on again!” the friend screamed.

Brit and her mother woke up and stared straight where the toy usually stayed but didn’t see it.

“Wait where did it go?” Brit said as she started to get out the bed again.

“Furby, Furby.”

“It couldn’t just walk off!” the mother said. The friend stayed in the bed, refusing to move where she sat. She never understood the true meaning behind the toy. It looked like a cross between an owl and one of those creatures from the movie The Gremlins. The toy ran on batteries and it just said, “Furby” when ever you moved your hand in front of it. But the fact that Brit had turned the toy off and yet it was still on and now missing did not sit well with the friend. There was something more to the Furby.

“Found it!” The mother said. She walked back into the room with Brit right behind her. The mother, with a screwdriver, took the batteries out of the toy and place the toy back at it’s spot by the TV. “Okay girls, let’s go back to sleep now.” The mother and daughter climbed back into the bed and drifted off to sleep. The friend sat quickly on the bed, afraid to close her eyes. She watched the Furby, with it’s eyes now closed and sat quietly eloped in the darkness. Then she saw the toy widen it’s eyes. It’s head turned, which it was not able to do, and said, “Furby likes to eat children.”

Furby is watching you...

The friend screamed and ran out the room and to her friend’s room where her overnight bag stayed. She had to get out and quick. Then she heard Brit’s piercing scream echo throughout the house followed by the mother’s. The friend grabbed her bag and ran down stairs where she found the little monster waiting for her, it’s ears moving up and down.

“Furby likes to eat humans.”

“Please, leave me alone! I have a future ahead of me!”

“Furby.”

“Please stop!”

“Furby.”

“No I beg you!

“Furby.”

And then there was silence.

Furby is your friend...