As anyone who has read my blog knows, I’m a big, bleeding heart liberal. So I care about the environment, sure. Pumping every bit of oil out of the ground only to dump it in the sea is Bad. I get that. But sometimes, a show comes along with a Very Special Message that , frankly, makes me want to burn down a whole rainforest full of spotted owls. Case in point, our next program:
Big, Big World
This is a show with puppets, but not the cute, funny kind like Grover on Sesame Street. These puppets make you want to commit puppetcide almost immediately. The animal puppets all live in this Big Tree O’ Life – the World Tree – in a rainforest and teach kids about loving every creature and taking care of nature and all that crap. As in: “We are the world! We are the puppets! We are the ones that make you want to puke and rip your hair out!” The main character is a sloth. He had a name, I’m sure, but a fellow mom friend (who also doesn’t like doing dishes) and I just called him “Hippie Sloth”. I’ve never seen a puppet so stoned. This guy made Bob Ross look like an ADHD poster child.
How can I stop eating
And he had friends. There were two irritating monkeys, an old, wise turtle (how original!), some bitchy bird, and finally an anteater that loved ants. I mean, the anteater actually wanted to be friends with the ants despite them being the core of his diet. He was constantly fretting and whining “The antssss, why won’t they be my friendssss?” I don’t know, because you EAT them? That would put a damper on a relationship. That’s like me wanting to befriend Chicken McNuggets. I’m not sure what the writers were going for education wise with this character. Hey, kids, some people need therapy, and that’s okay!
Monkey: That thing’s gonna eat us!
Sloth: Far outttt.
This show was literally painful to watch, with its repetitive message of reduce, reuse, regurgitate! Naturally it came on at a time when the kids were out of school. So we got to see a lot of Hippie Sloth chilling out in his tree with his message of peace and love. Not that I can blame the guy – if I had friends like his, I might look into weed too. My friend came up with the name “Reefer Tree” because that seemed to fit better than Big, Big World (after all, they didn’t show us the world, just the stupid tree). Also, it made us laugh, and that was the only way to keep our sanity. Our kids did pick up on it, though, and one of them remarked during a hospital visit that “Hey, Reefer Tree is on!” Luckily the nurse was amused, and didn’t hop on the phone to CPS. I bet she had kids too.
Bottom line, taking care of the environment is a good thing. This show did not help the cause. I’ve never hated my environment more than while watching this show.