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Stargazer
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posted 14 June 2006 03:30 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The CBC has been rebuilding its morning kids' block over the past several years and the feeling in management was that it was time for Mr. Dressup to go.

From the Star today.

I grew up with this program. I'll admit I even watched it into my 20's and my son grew up with Mr. Dressup (he's 23 now with his own son). This is sad! I absolutely loved the creativity of the show, all the characters and oh the nostalgia!

Seems that most kids these days are more interested in video games and fast-paced action cartoons, which is fine, it's just a sad time.

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Michelle
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posted 14 June 2006 03:43 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, that's kind of too bad. My son is seven, but he still watches it if it's on. I can see, when I watch it with him, that it's pretty dated. Whenever there's a computer or something, it looks like one of those ancient Trash 80's or whatever. But still.

Eventually shows have to be retired, I guess, when they're no longer all that relevant to the audience watching it. I haven't seen The Friendly Giant reruns in a long time, and of course, the kids' shows that my parents (or, I guess, people about ten years younger than them) grew up with are no longer on the repeat circuit either, like Mr. Ed.


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Stargazer
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posted 14 June 2006 03:50 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Look up, look wayyyyy up"

Yes. I know things must close and new things take their place. Rusty the Rooster, another character I miss.


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RP.
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posted 14 June 2006 04:55 AM      Profile for RP.     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The CBC morning line-up is hit and miss. And no bilingual programming for at least 5 years now!
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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 14 June 2006 06:14 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, strangely enough this Yank grew up with them too - on Channel 10 from London. My mum thought The Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup were the best thing for me and my overactive sister after Captain Kangaroo, another excellent kids show that bit the dust many years ago because CBS wanted more news in the morning.

One thing I did notice as Kangaroo neared the end was a greater reliance on cartoons, especially action cartoons, rather than the great goofy sketches with the Captain and crew. It seems as though somewhere in the mid or late 70s, kid's programming was taken over by committees with surveys and such.

It was great to see the artifacts from both Giant and Dressup at the CBC museum. It was a kindler and gentler time for kids programming before the He-Man and the Ninja Turtles took over.


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