The Cat in the Hat is Cheap About That

There's a new animated Cat in the Hat show on PBS. The animation looks awful to me, but it took me a while to figure out why. The 2d animation uses no motion blur at all, making it look like cheap Flash animation. Super Why uses 2d animation for its book segments, but it uses stylized art and motion blur to make it look pretty good. And the animation in Caillou looks cheap, but it's minimalistic and slightly charming. The animation in Cat has fancy drawings but awful animation.

It doesn't help that the Cat himself is voiced by Martin Short in bellowing over-the-top mode.

(These are the things I think about as the kids watch this stuff, loving every minute of it. If only they knew how awful it was!)

Comments

I actually like Between the Lions and Sagwa.
The first will actually make adults laugh and the second is just really cute.
You should check them out if they are still on.
I liked the former the few times I saw it (it's was on midday here, so I only caught it when home with the kids on a weekday when they were sick or during vactions). I don't think I've ever heard of the latter.

I spent an episode of The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That with an expression of great disgust on my face, but it wasn't for the animation. Of course, I'm not exactly in the target audience.

Catering to a similar age range, however, are some of my favourite shows on PBS: Wordgirl and Martha Speaks. Though perhaps I should be afraid of what getting my entertainment from PBS children's shows says about my mental health. :)

(Anonymous)

The animation is fine. Some people...
Some people have no taste. It's hideously ugly!

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