I was watching some quality children's programming with Riley this weekend and during a Blue's Clues episode (featuring Joe, who I am reluctantly warming up to because Riley seems to greatly prefer him to Steve, as evidenced by his joyous shout of "JOOOOOOE" whenever Frat Boy's mug appears onscreen), just about the time I was starting to nod off from the repetition and songs and the constant obtuseness of the host when it comes to seeing a goddamned clue and the charming misunderstandings when it comes to having the clue pointed out to them and the fact that I was deliberately watching a show targeted towards people who still regularly poop their pants, it was THEN that Joe opened that big-ass cartoon letter ("Wonder who it's from?") and do you know who it was from? THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS, that's who. TMBG, playing "Clap Your Hands".
Best Blue's Clues ever. Now I'm always going to be wondering who might show up as a guest singer. If anyone from the show is reading, may I humbly request an appearance by GWAR, because that would rule.
After that, we put on some Curious George (don't judge, we had already exhausted our various wholesome non-television entertainment options, such as art time and Naked Hula Hooping) and for the first time I noticed that the show is narrated by Mr. William H. Macy, AKA "The heck ya mean?" Lundegaard. This led me to wonder whether other kid's shows have equally oddball narrators and voice-over actors. Has anyone considered the value Christopher Walken could bring to, say, the Backyardigans?
Lesson learned: if you watch enough pre-schooler programming, you just may expand your music/movie star trivia knowledge. And you will definitely get really, really good at spotting blue pawprints.