Monday, 22 August 2016

When Peppa Pig is Just Plain Silly

Peppa Pig is silly.

All the animals walk on two legs, talk and live in houses on the top of hills*. Miss Rabbit does all all the jobs. But I'm not even talking about that. I'm talking about moments within the world of Peppa Pig which just make no sense and are borderline ridiculous/confusing. 

Here are a few of my bug bears (and yes, I have devoted way too much time to Peppa Pig here):


1. Most of the characters have alliterative names. Even Zoe Zebra's twin sisters have (made up?!) alliterative names in Zuzu and Zaza. What, therefore, is the explanation for poor George Pig? Chloe Pig has also been denied a name in fitting with her pigginess although I think the creators were going along the lines of 'Cousin Chloe'. Poor Chloe; destined forever to introduce herself as a relation to Peppa Pig in order to capitalise on her alliterative name. And her baby brother, also a pig? Alexander. These poor infant piggies.

*2. Whilst we're talking about most of the characters, let's talk about the fact that being true to nature went decidedly out of the window the moment the creators decided to make animals talk. And live in houses. Why, then, did it suddenly become crucial to maintain a bit of scientific fact and have the rabbits live in a burrow. These rabbits talk, wear clothes and make carrot soup (in a blender probably - no doubt the burrow is on grid) so why not just let them live in a house like the rest of the inhabitants of Peppa Pig world? I appreciate the education in the episode where we learn about the burrow but this then just makes my children think it's all educational and that pigs sleep in bunk beds.

3. Now I know Peppa is in some sort of Narnia where time never really moves on and so, despite the odd birthday party here and there, the animals remain forever the same age. So I understand why George never really grows his vocabulary or the ability to speak in sentences. But I am perplexed at the way he says "Ganpa ig". He can clearly pronounce the 'p' because he says it in "Ganpa". Why then can he not pronounce it in 'pig'? 

4. Have you ever blown arm bands up? It's tough going sometimes. Now imagine blowing them up whilst already on your kids' arms like Daddy Pig does when they all go to the swimming pool (the same episode in which eighteen month old George is left to change himself for swimming independently in his own cubicle?!) Poor Peppa and George; it'd be like having your blood pressure checked before entering the pool.

5. My eldest is four. I'm considering sending him alone on the train to France and then calling his destination a few minutes before his arrival just to inform them he's staying there. Sound ridiculous? Spare a thought then for poor Delphine Donkey who is, at a similar age, sent from France with a quick courtesy call to inform Peppa's family of her arrival two minutes before she gets to the station. Her parents don't even know if Peppa and the gang are at home! They could be on a month's holiday in Barbados. Thankfully they are at home and Delphine gets to enjoy such wonderfully cultural experiences as 'The Bing Bong Song' whilst attending playgroup with Peppa. Lucky Delphine. She probably wishes the pigs had been in Barbados. 

6. The animals have pets. It's confusing. Some animals can drive cars and shop in supermarkets whilst others remain as nature intended (ducks, Goldy the fish, Tiddles the tortoise). Maybe it's a mammals vs others thing?

7. Whilst we're discussing different animals, with the exception of the pets, all the animals are the same size. So an elephant is the same size as a cat who is the same size as a hamster (with a PhD in veterinary practice and an irritating voice). The only exception to size is age. Otherwise kangaroos and rabbits are one and the same.

8. Mr Potato. As if Peppa Pig world wasn't weird enough, the inhabitants have a potato the same size as an adult pig/rabbit/zebra/elephant (see previous point) who talks, hosts his own TV show and has his own theme park. As a local celebrity he is definitely an unusual choice. 

The thing with Peppa Pig is that, despite all the silliness, it is somehow genius for children. I'll never forget the moment I realised that Madame Gazelle (the French, single, playgroup leader with delightful eyeshadow) sounds so close to 'Mademoiselle' that it can't have been an accident. 

All  ridiculousness forgiven. Just.






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10 comments:

  1. Brilliant observations. I chuckled from start to finish as I have this same conversation with anyone who will listen. #fartglitter

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  2. I find it hard to get past the fact they all have both of their eyes of one side of their head. It's just disturbing!
    x Alice
    #fartglitter

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  3. This is really funny and very true. Peppard is actually one of the most watchable kids TV programmes although the episodes are too short so it's the incessant theme tune that gets stuck in your brain! #chucklemums

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  4. Agreed. The whole concept is ridiculous but for some unknown reason it works. My almost 3 year old is obsessed and I literally do not have a clue why! #chucklemums

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  5. How have I not noticed the "George Pig" thing? I can quote pretty much every episode, and yet this seems to have alluded me until this time? I shall never be able to watch it again. From now. He shall be called Percy. Love this. Thanks for sharing with #fartglitter x

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  6. I was going I KNOW RIGHT throughout this. Marvellous #chucklemums

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  7. My goodness ! JUST HOW many times have you watched this show to write thoroughly accurate critical analysis !

    Lol

    #fartglitter

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  8. Oh my goodness - Madame Gazelle! Mind blown.
    We have a park near us called Alexandra Park....my boys call it "Baby Alexander Park" :)
    Great post!
    #chucklemums

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  9. Oh wow-as above, I'm totally blown away that I've never noticed this before!!!! I was nodding furiously at the George observations-it continually annoys me that he doesn't have a name beginning with P!! And that he can pronounce his Ps, but can't say grandpa pig!!!! Sooooo annoying!! The Delphine episode is another bug bear of mine too!! All of what you said!! All of it!! I clearly devote too much time to Peppa as well-did you know that annoying voice vet lady is voiced by mummy pig?!Thanks for the laughs!!
    #bigpinklink

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  10. I love this and have had many of these thoughts��who couldn't laugh at Captain Emergency��

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