If you are sick of the kid options on Netflix, there are a few sweet alternatives to be found on the youtubes. I thought I would gather a handful together for you just in case anyone else out there is desperate for something a little different… Also a reminder that Pomelo has a youtube channel, where a larger selection of online gems can be found.
(A disclaimer: youtube playlists, as you most likely know, are oftentimes low-resolution and have the odd deleted vid or strange lego-version thrown in the mix. Just for a heads up in case this sort of thing drives you crazy. Another thing to keep in mind is that some of these suggestions are pretty old-school, which comes with its attendant un-politically correct moments. Please be aware if this is a sticking point for you…)
A sweet white bear (although he is brown on the Rupert Annual covers), who goes on endless adventures with his assorted buddies in Nutwood and beyond.
Everyone knows about Tin-Tin right? A boy with a dog who goes on grown-up adventures. Wholly thrilling for seven-year-olds! Beware of occasional shoot-outs and some (minor) characters dying, I can’t remember what exactly, but you may want to sit through a couple episodes to make sure you are down with your little buddies absorbing it.
This show had me sold with the episode where the mom reads the paper and the dad knits in the background. Pingu is an easy-to-love and true-to-life kid character that has temper tantrums and is basically bad half the time. Super fun to watch, especially for the younger set.
4. Pee-Wees Playhouse:
Pee-Wee, he is weird and sometimes disturbing, but mostly in a good way – right? Not for everyone, but most definitely for others who can appreciate a good dose of wacky surrealism mixed in with their kid entertainment.
The Moomins originated as a comic strip created by beloved artist Tove Jansson. Working in the opposite direction as Disney, the characters are refreshingly multi-dimensional and avoid the usual moral tales and lessons-in-disguise.
6. Fifi Brindacier (AKA Pippi Longstocking):
Hands-down the best opening sequence and theme song, it gets stuck in your head for days, but you like it. Fifi is Pippi Longstocking in her Swedish/French iteration. Dubbed mostly in french, but if you are an english-only household, still completely understandable and worth watching.
These shape-shifting blobs of colour can solve any problem by morphing into assorted creatures, tools, and what-have-you. Dubbed here in Italian, but like Fifi, still totally enjoyable for an english-only audience.
The cutest stop-motion kitty that sews her own dolls for her own stop-motion animation, these fuzzy and sweet meta-stories will charm you and your smalls off your feet…