Personally, I try to watch as little kids TV as possible. For me, the likes of CBBC is basically free childcare – why would I stick the kids in front of a cartoon, thus freeing up valuable time for messing around on the internet working, only then to sit and watch it with them?? It just doesn’t make sense.
Some of my friends though see a dual purpose for kids TV, namely the selection of attractive young presenters and the double entendres. OK, so sometimes this makes it worthwhile, but sometimes it is a bit much. There were far to many anal probe gags for my liking in Planet 51 for instance.
What I’ve never quite understood though is crushes on cartoons, Jessica Rabbit style. I know a lot of people secretly quite fancy a roll in the mud with Daddy Pig – like this mummy at Notes from Inside My Head – but I confess I’ve always felt slightly weird fantasising about a cartoon pig. Call me narrow-minded, old-fashioned, what you will – it just seems wrong.
So when the lovely people at Peppa Pig offered me a copy of the new DVD to watch, I thought the time had come to educate myself, and see if I could be charmed by Daddy Pig’s rugged good looks and assertive manner.
So what did the family make of ‘Peppa Pig – the Fire Engine and Other Stories’? Well, we loved it! Even my mum enjoyed it, but then she does have rather a fondness for kids TV. I actually bought her a Peppa Pig annual for Christmas, but that’s another story. Bee was a little disturbed by the idea of a pet ladybird that barked, but then she is 14 and rather pedantic. “Ladybirds just wouldn’t bark!” she protested. I tried to point out that as a rule pigs don’t talk and put out BBQ fires, but she wasn’t convinced.
I have to confess I didn’t feel any chemistry for Daddy Pig, although I did notice that Mummy Pig quite often comes over all coy and giggly in his presence, and generally looks quite pleased with herself, so he must be doing something right. Aside from that though, it was great fun. Forget blogging and wasting time on twitter, I think I might start watching kids TV in the daytime…
Peppa Pig – The Fire Engine and Other Stories is out on 29 March
Funny! Personally I hate Peppa Pig, although not as much as some of them. My friend who works in kids TV told me that they’re having/had to to reanimate the whole of the series because they forgot to show them putting on their seatbelts when they’re in that car. Which they are a lot.
I wonder what attractive young presenters there are? Must be missing a trick. Although I did watch David Tennant reading cBeebies bedtime stories over and over on iPlayer. My child wasn’t even in the room!
I know a couple of my friends quite fancy the man who presents Doodle Doo – where the hand puppets do crafts?!
That’s funny about the seatbelts thing. Funnier if they accidentally caught Daddy Pig on film smoking or something :-)
Oh, Jo … how funny! I remember that when I was a kid, I used to have a not-so-secret crush on Felix the Cat … but then I was a little kid!
Ha ha! Felix the Cat? That’s funny :-)
I have been trying hard to think up odd crushes from my childhood but haven’t come up with anything yet. Hopefully someone will remind me of something…
lol Felix the Cat! although shamed to admit that when I was a kid my crushes were Basil Brush and Popeye!
Lol @Basil Brush – he’s not even a cartoon, he’s an actual puppet with someone’s hand up his backside! He does have a confident, assertive air about him though that could be seen as attractive…
I reckon that Daddy Pig has a dark side. The fact that he lets his family drive around without seatbelts is an obvious incarnation of this side of him.
Personally, I love Peppa Pig. I’m an animator and I love it for the animation; it really is good. Honest!
I think you could be right. I reckon that’s why Mummy Pig is always looking so pleased, he is probably filthy ;-)
He is a pig after all
Chick is 7 and adores Peppa Pig but I can’t say Daddy Pig does it for me. Sadly the only kids TV presenter that I think is quite cute is Stephen Mulhern (but please keep it a secret!!!) ;-)
Lol, your secret is definitely safe on the internet.
Jo! Very funny…
Sadly it seems I am not alone in my Daddy Pig crush, there are others out there… although when one tries to actually nail it, it gets very weird. I can’t say as I lay about and fantasize to be frank…
Glad to hear it’s not an active fantasy as such – you don’t make your husband oink in bed or anything then??
We are a Peppa Pig famile. I love the way that Daddy Pig is always getting laughed at by the family for being a bit rubbish. But have I fantasised about him? I don’t even understand how that is possible. My head doesn’t compute that, thank god.
See now you’ve got me thinking about the logisitics and it’s not a pretty iamge for seven o’clock in the morning…
I laughed yesterday to see that someone had found my blog by googling ‘pig blogging’.
Hello! We don’t watch Peppa Pig in our house any more (O is too grown up at five for that kind of thing apparently), but I have to say that Daddy Pig gives me the heebie-jeebies. He is very sinister…
I had a miniscule crush on Chris from Doodle Doo in the not so distant past which was very shameful, but my most secret crushes from childhood days were Darth Vader and The Hooded Claw. I do not know what this says about me, but I suspect it is very wrong…
Too grown up at five? Nonsense. My mum is the biggest Peppa Pig fan ever and she is 60 next year. In fact, I just bought her a Peppa Pig easter egg. Don’t tell her – sshhh!
When I was a kid i loved Basil Brush
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