We have had our digital TV over a year now and there are two great things that we didn’t expect about it. We pick up two all-day cartoon channels. For people who don’t have and do not intend to pay for cable, that’s exciting. There is a second PBS channel that shows PBS cartoons all day, plus a Qubo channel.
Qubo is now on Saturday mornings on NBC as well. Our kids love it. And most of the cartoons promote good behavior/ethics. I am going to rank for your benefit some of my favorites.
Tier 1–Some that I Like
Miss BG is probably the favorite of our kids. It’s about a girl who is always getting in trouble. She is much more real than say, Elizabeth from Clifford. She has a little brother who has a pet gerbil who often sits on his head.
3-2-1 Penguins is a show that focuses on behavior. And it’s very entertaining. The characters are funny and the theme song is awesome. They have great villains, such as the hamster thing that controls a giant metal robot.
Babar is fantastic! I never read the books or saw Babar cartoons growing up but it is such a peaceful cartoon with great characters. There are even two time periods represented, Babar as a child and Babar as adult (very Lost-like).
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse is great. Maybe at the top of my list. The characters are funny: the grouchy tiger, the whiny, scared pig, and Marvin is a great lead.
I have rarely watched Turbo Dogs but love that someone was finally smart enough to combine two of my sons favorite things into one show. The next best thing is Dinosaur Train (not sure which channel), which combines the two other favorite things of my son (and little boys everywhere).
Another favorite of mine is Jacob Two-Two. Based in Canada (as many of the qubo shows seem to be, or of European origin: Rupert=British, Babar=french influence), it’s about a boy and his adventures. The dad is great in that one.
Sitting Ducks is hilarious. It’s about a duck and an Alligator who are best friends but live in Duck Town.
Rescue Heroes is pretty cool. It’s kinda like G.I. Joe for natural disasters and teaches safety. The only downside is that the characters have punny/cheesy names: the fireman is Billy Blazes, the pilot is Ariel Flier, etc. Rocky Canyon
Another great show for teaching is Adventure from the Book of Virtues, which occasionally includes Bible stories along with fables and myths to teach morals
Tier 2–Haven’t really watched and am therefore Indifferent
My Friend Rabbit has a great song, but after that, I am not interested.
Tier 3–Some I don’t like as Much
Zula Patrol is very educational, teaching about astronomy, but not as fun for adults. On the boring side.
Pecola is about a cube-shaped penguin in a cube-shaped world. The theme song always makes me think of the “I dream of Jeannie” theme song although my wife continually tries to explain the difference to me.
Rupert annoys me for some reason. I can’t put my finger on it, but I don’t like the British bear living in an animal/human world.
So, what are your favorite Qubo cartoons?