Critical Mass Media

Analysis: Bo on the Go

Analysis: Bo on the Go

I came in with high hopes! A girl lead. Bo has blue hair and rainbow hair ties. Her dragon friend is male. There is an old man wizard who has knowledge and helps Bo. This is another Dora-style show, with the characters calling on viewers to help them solve things. […]

Analysis: Blaze and the Monster Machines

Analysis: Blaze and the Monster Machines

This week’s show is Blaze and the Monster Machines, which is on Nick, Jr. Image Blaze is the name of the main character-the monster truck. AJ is his driver. AJ is a boy (age unspecified, but he does not seem to be grown up)  The monster machines make a lot […]

Analysis: Berenstain Bears

Analysis: Berenstain Bears

Image Note: this is the PBS version of the Berenstain Bears from the early 2000s. Surprisingly, I had few objections to this show [Spoiler: not true]. Sure it was a heteronormative, symmetrical nuclear family. And in the first episode I watched, Mama Bear was a little more concerned with housekeeping […]

Analysis: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Analysis: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Image Oh good golly, Youtube has a live stream of this show. That was unexpected. Vacation OK, the shtick is that everyone is small. A tiny kingdom in the grass. That is cute.   Ben is a boy elf. Holly is a girl fairy princess. […]

Analysis: Beat Bugs

Analysis: Beat Bugs

This show is Beatles-esque. Crick- an inventive cricket (boy) Jay-ambitious and impulsive (boy) Kumi-mother-type (girl) Buzz-little kid-(girl) Walter-silly, body humor (boy) This is going to be a short post because there is just not a lot going on here. The premise is that the show will find a way to […]

Analysis: Animal Mechanicals

Analysis: Animal Mechanicals

Animal Mechanicals Image Cast of Characters: Rex-Mechi-Strong (Male) Unicorn-Mecha-fly (Female) Komodo-Mechana-Gizmo (Male) Mouse Fast (Female Youngest) Sasquatch-stretchy(Male) Island Owl (Female)   Owl only gives mission and that is the only time we see her. Not this owl Photo by Andy Chilton on Unsplash Mission They have to plant a bean. […]

Analysis: Angelina Ballerina

Analysis: Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina Episode-The Next Steps Image found here This week I watched an episode of Angelina Ballerina. The theme song has an empowering feel. She can do anything and her friends are supportive! Image I like the notion that pink can be strong, so it is cool that the main […]

Analysis: Blue’s Clues

Analysis: Blue’s Clues

Today I look at Blue’s Clues, cuz it’s really fun.  Blue is a cute dog who lives with Steve until Steve goes to college, then she lives with Joe. I am watching a Steve episode. My oldest 2 sons watched a lot of Blue’s Clues when they were little, and […]

Gender in Media-The Master List

Gender in Media-The Master List

I have a list of 102 preschool shows that I will analyze for gendered content and perspective. I will try to watch and post about 1 show per week, so this will be a 2-year project! I asked a couple of groups of parents I know online to chime in […]

Analysis: DJ Handy Manny

Analysis: DJ Handy Manny

Today I look at Handy Manny Photo Credit: Disney, Jr. Handy Manny- Manny is a handy man. Please note, he is also Latino. Does that feel a bit stereotypical to anyone else? Manny goes about fixing things. I watched two clips. In the first one, I learned that Manny is […]