Friday, May 01, 2009

Max & Ruby

Please oh please don't flame me for letting my kids watch tv. Whenever you mention tv and children, the crazies come out. Yes, I know watching tv is an inactive activity. My kids are in a structured learning environment all day and some days, they need some inactivity to relax and release tension. So we choose age-appropriate (and limited) tv as one of the inactive activities.

And, I love how one 20 minute show can make our morning scramble so much more peaceful. Each morning, we need to get two boys changed into clothes, teeth brushed, hair fixed, and sunscreen on. Letting them watch tv while we do this makes it go faster and calmer for everyone.

That off my chest, what is up with Max & Ruby? I've never really paid attention to any of the shows until this morning. Max is a toddler and Ruby is the older sister. I watched one with the boys where Max and Ruby go shopping by themselves. Ruby leaves Max in the store while she tries on clothes in the changing room. Max gets some free ice cream from a strange man, gets a shirt at the store dirty so they have to buy it, and then they don't have any money left for the stuff they were supposed to buy. The end.

Really???

With the cute bunnies and music, I thought it was a harmless show! I'll have to watch some more episodes and report back.

15 comments:

Joanna said...

We only recently got digital cable on our living room TV, so I've just started watching Max & Ruby for the first time. You are referring to the Dragon Shirt episode, which I have the book for.

I know what you are complaining about, but I'm in love with Max. I don't know why I like him so much, but I actually forced Michael to watch Max & Ruby one day because I'm so in love with Max.

Honestly, we grew up with things like Peanuts, which not only lacked responsible adult supervision, it was also extremely depressing. And then, there were things like Tom and Jerry, where they bashed the hell out of each other. I'm not too worried about Michael picking up bad lessons from Max & Ruby.

Plus, I think it's a good message for parents to not leave their toddlers alone with irresponsible siblings for long.

Anonymous said...

Oh please, the crap they have on TV today and you talk about Tom & Jerry????? Or Snoopy. Come on....I'm totally ok with kids watching a little TV but TV has only gotten worse. You might as well pick on on Three Stooges too.

What A Card said...

No judgment here about letting the kids watch TV. I've been known to let a show be watched each day :)

However, I LOATHE Max and Ruby. It's terribly, terribly gender stereotyped. I mean, ridiculous. I haven't seen the episode you're talking about, but I've seen some others and read some books, and some it just leaves me floored, wondering if it was written in 1950.

Of course, my boys love it :)

Mostly, I let them watch The Backyardigans, which I think is actually a fun, quality show. Lots of singing, dancing, and imaginative play that carries into our day in a positive way (i.e., questions about where pyramids are, whirlpools, dolphins, etc., and lots of pretending that begins with situations from the shows). I have an extremely low tolerance for children's television, but can actually watch (and enjoy!) The Backyardigans.

mruchti said...

First of all, there will be no judgment from me on TV watching! There are guidelines, but what is too much for a child is very subjective and if you're in tune with your kids you know when too much is too much.

That being said, I need to weigh in on the shows. With 4 kids and tolerating 10 yrs of kid shows, I have to say Max & Ruby ROCKS!! They are sweet, adorable, innocent and they take care of each other. It's a simple message. That being said, we *have* laughed wondering where Max & Ruby's parents might be (working??) but none of the kids have ever wondered or asked.

(And I really dislike Backyardigans but that's other story...)

Erin said...

HA! I am totally laughing because we have M&R on RIGHT NOW! It's Molly's favorite. I think I have seen every episode 500 times.

Do you want me to recite "Max Misses the Bus" word for word??...Because I can. You and I could do a Weird Science/Max & Ruby production for our friends and family. It would be great. Totally sell out!

Funny how TV posts bring out the crazies...and the OPINIONS! Sure - there are problems with Max & Ruby. Even my girls have said to me "Ruby is not very nice to Max...she is always trying to not play with her brother!" But there is so much worse out there. And I think you could find something wrong with most anything on TV these days.

At least it's not Sponge Bob. My brother let my girls watch Sponge Bob and they came home calling each other "Butt Face." Nice. So classy.

Joanna said...

I was just talking with my mom and discovered why I love Max so much. Rosemary Wells published a children's book in 1975 called Morris's Disappearing Bag that my had bought for me when I was little. I loved that book! When I looked at the cover on Amazon, I realized that Morris looks like Max! No wonder I like him.

1975 also explains a lot about Max and Ruby.

Now off to order that book...

Sadia said...

We love Noggin: Backyardigans, Wonder Pets, Dora.

Max & Ruby - not so much.

I have some of the same complaints about gender-stereotyping and glorifying misbehaviour. I was delighted when Jessie recently declared that she was "sceeried" of Max.

We watch TV, rarely on weekdays, some on weekends. The girls love the shows I mentioned, and Mary Poppins is their newest obsession. They know every song, and they're getting the complete soundtrack for their birthday.

Karla said...

Max & Ruby drive me crazy but Devin loves it!!! I think overall its harmless and somehow, some way it sucks in our toddlers/pre-schoolers in a way that is great for us!!

FWIW I find nothing wrong with a little harmless, educational television. I agree they need some unstructured time to unwind and relax.

Maria said...

We enjoy a good tv show here, too. How else does dinner get cooked? We went througha big Max and Ruby phase, but my girls now think that Ruby is too mean to Max and that is is odd that they never have parents around. I find Max quite entertaining, Ruby not so much.

Sarah said...

Max and Ruby is a tough one! My children, older sister/younger brother, try to realate to them. Max's sneaky, lack of listening does NOTHING for me. And Ruby is pretty bossy and not very nice to her little brother. Like my children need to be seeing that!
PS-they still love the show and once in a while i do let them watch it. b/c the 20 minutes of quiet is needed some days!

edie & ella said...

While you are watching take note of how BOSSY Ruby is..she is the most annoying bunny....I've only watched it a couple of times because it comes on around the time Backyardigans is on......my girls love the music in the Backyardigans......and I must admit Shaniqua and Tyrone are quite the little dancers.....

DesiDVM said...

I'd be a complete liar if I said J only watches "a show a day" or "only when I'm cooking dinner." Haha, please. He has his regular Dora fix first thing in the morning while we're getting ready, then two shows in the evening after dinner. I'm sure there are days when I'm super tired or super lazy or we're sick when he watches more than that. Whatever.

I don't know why, but I can't stand Max & Ruby. The sister is so annoying! J however likes this show. I have to laugh at Joanna, though, because you know what he REALLY loves? Tom & Jerry. By far his favorite out of all the cartoons on right now:)

Erin said...

HA! I came back to look at other's comments and I have to admit, my girls love....FREAKING LOVE.... what they call "Cat and Mouse" AKA Tom & Jerry. I have gone back and forth a million times whether I want them watching it or not....because they do beat he SHEE-YOT out of each other...

The conclusion I have come to is in the grand scheme of things, Tom & Jerry is the least of my worries!!

Becky said...

Weighing in late but the only episode of that show that is EVER on when we have watched is where the little brother won't be quiet so that she can hear the gossip that her friend has to tell her. I wasn't impressed but as others said it is pretty harmless.

My boys are Barney fans and I have come to love the message behind a lot of it although the songs will be FOREVER stuck in my head. They are also big Sid the Science Kid fans which is adorable and FAR less annoying.

Cynthia said...

My husband thinks Ruby is a saint for being so patient and always letting Max hang around. I think she is a little bossy and Max is just a little bunny who needs his Mommy. But I guess if I had to do everything and I was only, what, six? I'd be bossy too. :-)