Kids Shows, “Imagination Movers” and Twitter – Oh My

Kids shows can make me insane. I’m always slightly hostile to any show that my three kids adore, because:

a) the show definitely holds more power over them than I do

b) I have to watch it over and over

c) I actually start to sing along. Curses.

First it was Baby Einstein: Genius. Why didn’t I think of sock puppets dancing disturbingly to classical music?

The Wiggles: Dancing guys wearing primary colors. Still, replacing Greg the yellow Wiggle w/ Sam is like replacing Bo and Luke Duke with Coy and Vance. Shabby substitutes.

Curious George: Monkey who NEVER gets in trouble for doing seriously bad stuff.

Calliou: I know he’s four, but I hate that kid. 2-year-old sister Rosie is more mature than he is.

Sesame Street: Still the gold standard – plus they hilariously spoofed Mad Men and 24. With muppets. Who else can do that?

Thanks, Imagination Movers!

Then, the kids moved into Disney territory. The M-I-C-K-E-Y Mouse Clubhouse became an obsession along with a new show called the Imagination Movers. Four guys – Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty – who kinda form a rock band but live in a warehouse (with a mouse), solve people’s problems and there’s a cute girl who lives upstairs. I think that’s it in a nutshell. They scored high in my book, because they got the kids engaged in problem solving. And they weren’t 50 years old trying to jump around and sing songs (see The Wiggles). Now, they’re also into Phineas & Ferb (my 2-year-old screeches “They’re making a title sequence!” when the show comes on). And we’re the proud owners of a talking Dr. Doofenschmirtz doll.  Don’t ask.

But there came a day when the Imagination Movers collided with my husband’s world. Jamie is a sports radio guy, and couldn’t resist when he found out one of the Detroit Pistons was going to be ON the Imagination Movers. So he did what any sports nerd – uh, anyone would do. Went to Twitter with the breaking news.

Jamie tweet: “Rip Hamilton is going to be on the Imagination Movers. I don’t know which is worse, Rip on the show, or me knowing that show exists.”

I blasted back something like, “Hopefully he wont be wearing woggle goggles”. Which, is the eyewear of choice for the Movers when they’re solving problems. Or something like that. (Again, I can’t remember what I learned in college, but apparently can list stupid details to kids shows.)

Well, apparently, Scott the Imagination Mover is on Twitter.

I love Scott the Mover

And my husband got an email from STM (Scott the Mover), gently chiding him for ragging on the show. And as an aside, said the Movers were sports fans too, so how could they be so bad?  Jamie, who has no fear of questioning athletes and sharing his sports opinion, now felt bad at taking shots at the IMs. I mean really, it is just a kids show. And a huge reminder that in the age of social media, we’re all only about 6 degrees of separation from Scott the Mover.

Scott (new best friend) and Jamie exchanged a few fun emails and a few weeks later, we got a package in the mail. Three autographed posters for each of the kids from the Movers. They now hang in their bedrooms. A classy move that made me fall in love with the Movers even more, and cut them some slack when one of their songs gets annoyingly stuck in my head.

After this blog goes out, I can only hope that Calliou isn’t on Twitter. I’d hate to make a 4-year-old cry (more than he already does). #whiner

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11 thoughts on “Kids Shows, “Imagination Movers” and Twitter – Oh My

  1. Oh so many things to say here….I LOVE Warehouse Mouse (WM). My kids are older, 12 & 8, but just 2 years ago my then 6 yo was watching Imagination Movers in the morning before school and he would yell to me when WM was on.
    As for Caillou……my daughter was obsessed with him. I cannot believe that such a whiney cartoon boy is so popular. My brother was over once when it was on and he said “How do you stand it, that kid is annoying. I would hate him if he didn’t have cancer.” “He doesn’t have cancer, he is just a bald 4 yo for some reason”, I said. “Good, then I hate him.”, was my brothers response. Great post!

  2. Out of all the kids shows my kids watch, Imagination Movers is the best. I like that they create their own music for the show and were together before their Disney days.

    I agree with on Calliou. Ever since we got the Sprout channel, I am cursing him!! Stop whining already!

  3. Loved your post! Too true! I think some children’s programming is designed solely slowly make parents loose their sanity. Yo Gabba Gabba HAS to be the worst offender. I don’t care how many trendy celebrities you throw on that show, it doesn’t make it better! They are STILL singing those mind numbingly repetitive songs!

  4. Great post!! I loved it and I agree with so many things. Yeah and why didn’t you think of making movies of sock puppets dancing to classical music? LOL This TED talk has a lot you’d probably agree with! http://seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org/what-does-tv-do-to-my-kids-brain/ Some Baby Einstein references are in there. Thanks for the post I really get frustrated with Children’s shows if you can believe it! My kids have watched Imagination Movers a couple times at hotels so I’m glad that they are pretty good! Otherwise they watch kids tv shows in French — I’m hoping that at least they can learn another language during that time 😉 Oh but the Magic School Bus is pretty fun! But I think that’s an old one now…

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