4.02.2008

Teletubbized

I woke up this morning to the sounds of "UH-oh!" coming from Alex's room. This has become his latest catch-all word. He does use it in the "appropriate" context, such as when he spills food or milk and needs to clean it up. But he uses it much more often--most cutely when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap. He'll just stand in his crib and say "UH-oh!" over and over and over until we come get him. It may be because he's thrown his pacifier out of his crib in protest, and he's saying "UH-oh!" because it's on the floor. Maybe not, though. He also just sorta says it when he's run out of other words.

I fear he picked the word up from his favorite TV show, The Teletubbies. He did seem to learn "Bye-bye" from them, and it wouldn't surprise me if this word also came from them. Their version doesn't quite sound like Alex's; it's more like "Eh-OH" with the emphasis on the second syllable. I think "Eh-OH" is a Teletubbized version of "Hello." (Most of what the Teletubbies say turns out to be baby-talk versions of real words. I only realized this when we watched it once with closed captioning on, and I discovered that what I thought was incomprehensible babble actually comprised real words!)

Some aspects of the show freak me out (the robotic "Time for Teletubbies Time for Teletubbies Time for Teletubbies" chant; the creepy pinwheel; Tinky Winky's voice). But the simple words, shapes, and slow pace of the show make it really captivating for Alex. I can't deny that the producers definitely "get" the infant mentality.

Yeah, I know infants aren't supposed to watch TV. Mine does. UH-oh!

7 comments:

DarkVamp said...

I hate Teletubbies :-) And I think I don´t want to see my child looking this stupid series ;-)

I saw the chineses version of Teletubbies in 2004 and this suffer from that day haha

greetings from germany...

Adamfast said...

On behalf of the UK I apologise for the Teletubbies. I let my little 9 month old boy watch it once and he was transfixed - it was scary to watch!
A few days later the tv went really weird and all the blue disappeared from the colour and Teletubbies looked like a post-apocolyptic wasteland - it was quite cool!

Needless to say it's not been allowed back on again!

jfh said...

ha ha. i love the little weird guys. my little grandson is transfixed also. It leads us to a lot of interesting 'conversations'

Jennifer said...

wie gatz! and, uh... hullo? to the international commenters!

Everyone says Yo Gabba Gabba is the way to go, but so far Alex doesn't love it. (I'll have to warn him he's not hip!)

DarkVamp said...

Hey good german haha....

Sarah Goss said...

YES!! YESYESYES! Daisy loves Tubbies too. That's what she calls them: Tubbies. She knows their names, she says "Eh-oh" too, she goes up and tries to hug the screen, and she says, "The sun baby!" with great glee in her voice when she sees him. (She also goes up to him and says, for some reason, "Don't bite the sun baby!" She is going through a weird phase.) Tubbies are important to her, and they make her happy. And they make ME happy when she is awake at 6 AM and I am barely conscious.

So... I feel like defending Tubbies, I guess. I was utterly horrified by them at first, too, but her love for them has softened me up. And I don't think she's become stupid or demented or anything as a result of them. Maybe I'm wrong and later research will prove I did her irreparable harm... but I'm hoping not. It's not like I plant her in front of Tubbies for hours on end. It's just a little brief part of her day (often), half an hour of Tubbies in the morning, and it brings such joy. She dances like Tubbies...she sings like Tubbies... she does a fake British accent based on some of the Tubby videos (I am not kidding--she really does)...I could write an entire post on this myself, it seems. I prefer when the Tubbies are frolicking in their pastoral "oceanic" setting (I read somewhere about the theory behind Tubbies--we should discuss sometime), rather than when they are in their bizarre disembodied universe of "Tubbies everywhere!"

Jennifer said...

Sarah, I'm glad to hear daisy also watches teletubbies. She's gonna have to teach Alex SAT words :)