Despite attempts to clear my mind and watch all of these shows with the fresh eyes of a 25-year-old who's never made a baby or had spit-up down his shirt, I've brought a load of preconceptions to all of them so far. So this week I thought I'd try something I'd never seen before, and set my 1981 Sony Betamax VCR to tape Timmy Time, about which I know nothing.
Quick note to producers after seeing just the title. A simple exclamation point: Timmy Time! would make the title 10 times more awesome. Though folks may think you're a South Park spin-off.
The opening title song -- "Timmy, it's Timmy, he's a little lamb with a lot to learn!" -- doesn't bode well. And the thing's on the Disney Channel, rarely a good sign (for me anyway).
Oh but it gets good immediately once we get into the multispecies -- with the subtext multicultural -- classroom. The characters are damned adorable, starting with Timmy the lamb himself. And there's no talking! Always a huge plus for an adult who's had to sit through Barney's blather. The closest we get to verbiage are the wordy mumbles of the paper-plate faced owl that teaches the barnyard kids. It's like a variant of the dialect the teachers speak on Charlie Brown.
In this episode, Timmy's calf buddy gets a horrible -- but horribly cute -- case of the hiccups. And Timmy makes it his little-lamb mission to cure them -- through ear flapping, head-shaking, pogo-stick-style jumping. It's all so infectious and effective looking I plan to try it all when I get my next case. He finally gets (SPOILER ALERT!) cured by a popped beach ball. And the hopping lamb-calf love they use to celebrate is legendary.
This is definitely one I'd watch on my own. I give it four dad martinis on a scale of five.
But despite my being new to it, there's something so familiar about all these characters. The simple, googly eyes, the thick-necked pig in a turtleneck. Oh! Got it! Didn't even need to IMDB it! They're relatives of Wallace and Gromit! Aardman Animation is in on it. I didn't recognize the style without the adorable English accents.
Well, now all the goodness makes sense. I hope they make toys, I'm going all in.
Do you watch Timmy Time? What do you think of the show?
Images via Andrew Dalton, Timmytime.tv