There’s a show I watched as a kid I’m trying to remember the name of. I’m afraid I won’t be able to solve this mystery.
It was a darker children’s show. It had puppets, and they were all darker colors like grey, blue, purple. I think there was a hotel in it. It may have been vampire themed. The story line was fascinating. I think I may have been five or six. It only lasted for like a year or two. I was sad when the series was over. Then a couple of years later, my mum, sister and I went to my mum’s village in Alaska. And programs at that time ran late, like a couple of years late. I got to rewatch the series again.
Of course I can’t find the show in my research. It wasn’t a popular show because it was a bit dark for a children’s show.
But that got me to thinking, when did children’s shows become all cheery? Children’s shows in my time as a child were mostly dark. There was an element of danger. I grew up on the Dot and the Kangaroo series. Dot was this girl who went missing and to help her find her way home, a kangaroo saves the day. And half of Australia is burning due to climate change. Then there was Wombat. Then again, the book it’s based off of was published in the Victorian era. The book probably didn’t talk about climate change. I probably couldn’t watch those movies again, it was cartoons mixed with live animation.
Children’s stories were often darker, full of danger. Fairy tales from the brother’s Grimm, not the Disney adaptations were all very dark. And that tradition had gone on until maybe the eighties. I’m thinking that the Smurfs brought on this change. But the Smurfs were a cartoon and was meant to be funny.
The children’s programs of today are all cheery. And pretty much crap. I have a difficult time watching them, when the off chance happens. Even if there are ghosts or witches, they’re likely to be friendly. Where as the shows I watched as a kid seem to say it’s a cruel world out there and you better prepare for it.