Recently, in a fit of what might have been contrarianism, my wife and daughter chose to expose the entire family to the live-action film version of ‘Dora The Explorer.’  It was… okay?  I mean, it’s one of those things that takes something earnest and puts it in a cynical, ironic lens to combine celebration and mockery of the source material into one, and it was aimed at audiences much younger than anyone in the house.  Granted, I don’t believe in age limits for our favorite pop culture, and will happily read, watch and listen to the proverbial kids’ stuff and enjoy it, leading to today’s Ponce de Leonic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still finds ‘Crashbox‘, a Y7 show seemingly aimed at 7-12 year olds as one of the great joys of my HBO subscription, asking: What favorite bit of pop culture, meant to be kids’ stuff, is still among your adult favorites?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Granted the latter was aimed more at a slightly older audience, and the show was clearly made to be enjoyed by adults as well as kids, but damn if it isn’t great.

  2. The gold standard for me are the Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons from the 40s and 50s, as replayed on Nickelodeon and TNT most weekday nights in the early 90s. They were already old when i was a kid, but somehow the animation, production quality and….ehhhh….most of the humor still holds up.

  3. The Wiggles, first watched them 25 years ago when my brother was born. When I had my first kid 8 years ago the thought of getting to watch them again had me way more excited than I should have been.

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