Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Warning to the Parents of Babies

Here is a picture of Miss Evelyn Mobley and a white cat. Both of these creatures appear to be in the middle of a mutual fascination stare down. This picture was taken last year, when Miss Evelyn's attention span and interests were not as well developed as they are today.

This is the package for the DVD of a new BBC program for the babies called In the Night Garden, developed by the same creative people who brought us Teletubbies. Right now in the U.S., there is only a clip on You Tube and a video game version of available. If what I saw when last I was together with Miss Evelyn earlier this month is any indication, prepare for a planet of babies to be HYPmotized by these new characters. Miss Evelyn likes watching the computer, but when the video game or the video is on the screen, she L-O-V-E-S watching the computer. For her, it's much more fascinating than any old white cat.

There are more characters on In the Night Garden than there are on Teletubbies, but the love of simple repetition is much the same. The narrator is Derek Jacobi, so grownups too can marvel at one of the best trained voices in the world reading some of the silliest nonsense word poems ever written.

Now I have warned you, parents of babies. The rest is in your hands.

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