This honestly upsets me.
While my generation grew up on a plethora of shows with passionate creators, today's kids are being straight up used and taken advantage of through heartless money schemes like these.
It scares me to think what they'll reminisce over as they grow.
And no I'm not trying to go all "back in my day" here. Call me dramatic if you must, but the people behind these channels should honestly be ashamed. These kids deserve so much better.
[garbage youtube kid channels] is like throwing candy at a kid, giving them whatever works. These videos just mindlessly add in music, sound effects, babies and ice-cream to appeal to such a wide demographic.
I understand how most shows in the 80’s and 90’s were quite literally giant toy commercials, but there’s been plenty of instances in the 90’s and 00’s where creators are legitimately passionate about making a difference in kid’s lives.
Yes they sold toys & merch while doing so, but the creators behind them still worked towards the show being creatively competent and passionate. That’s why so many people still connect to them, because the characters made it abundantly clear that they cared for the kids.
Characters like Bear, Blue & Steve, and the Sesame Street gang aren’t just mindlessly tacked concepts. They’re fleshed out to hold direct relationships with these children.
Johny and his walking ice-cream don’t talk with, encourage, or love on the kids watching. They just sing a song in broken english with crazy sound effects as they rake in that sweet ad revenue.