I just had the “pleasure” of watching a 7 minute episode of the show Pucca with Kender this morning. WTF is that show even about??
After some research, apparently it is owned by Disney. It started as a South Korean media franchise – it began in 2000 as an animated greeting card company, and began airing as a TV show in the United States in 2007 (I think…)
Okay, so the episode that Kender and I watched today probably had a story line, but but I’m not entirely sure what it was. There was this ninja guy thing that was doing all this wild jumping and spinning around and stuff, and one of his moves ripped off all of his clothes, and he landed on the ground completely naked, with a censor bar covering his… ahem…
So, try explaining THAT to a 4 year old.
Typically John and I don’t mind letting Kender watch shows that are geared a little bit older than her (within reason – she’s a smart kid), and this show is only geared towards ages 6-11. But instead, the show gears towards a girl, Pucca, who is
in love with obsessed with a boy named Garu. Episodes are spent with her trying to demonstrate her love, and him running away from stalker girl.
The animation should come with a warning for people with epilepsy, too, because it’s so bright and flashy, and moves in such a way that almost makes me motion sick.
I located a video of it on youtube, and embedded it here for you so you can make a judgement. However, I am not really sure what to think about it. I just don’t get it, but I definitely do not think it is appropriate for kids. As a note, this episode must have been edited later to have the character wearing blue underwear when his clothes came off. The one that Kender watched showed his naked behind and a censor bar in the front.
I don’t really even know why I’m sharing this, and why I dislike this show so much. I guess it’s because I see the potential for what could be there – it could be a cute little show or whatever, but it just… isn’t.
When I told Paladin about this episode, and what happens in it, he said, “So, kind of like something from South Park?” And my response was to pause and say, “Yes, pretty much, yeah!” I felt that to be a fair description of what I’d just watched.
So, Kender is officially not allowed to watch Pucca anymore, at least until she is much, much older. I think she even knew it too, because after the episode was over, and I told her to find something else to watch, she did, and she didn’t even argue.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this show, but these are just my brief musings on it.