Yeah, so, we need to talk about Chica.
Parents, you know what I’m talking about, right? Folks without kids, allow me to explain.
Chica is a chicken puppet, who hosts the morning show, “The Sunny Side Up Show,” on Sprout, which is a TV network for preschoolers. Sprout airs preschooler-friendly programming such as “Sesame Street,” “Kipper,” “Caillou” (please read this epic takedown of “Caillou” – it’s amazing) and Calvin’s favorite “Super Why.”
“The Sunny Side Up Show” is Sprout’s “Today” show but without a drunk Kathie Lee. “The Sunny Side Up Show” is hosted by Chica and a rotating cast of humans. I am not making this up. Also, Chica doesn’t really talk. She squeaks, and the host pretends like they understand her.
Chica: [squeaking noises]
Human host: “That’s right, Chica! It’s time for ‘Bob the Builder.'”
So, yeah, I don’t get it. Why is there a show for kids that is hosted by puppet that cannot be understood? Shouldn’t preschooler-friendly shows be teaching preschoolers about words and letters, and encouraging children to communicate, instead of having an adult translate for them?
Who came up with Chica?
TV executive: “We should create a morning show for toddlers and have it hosted by a dog’s squeak toy.”
TV executive assistant: “You’re a genius, sir!”
I don’t understand the appeal of Chica, but The Kid and The Dog are into it.
Everything that is happening around Chica makes sense to me. I understand why kids would like to watch it. The hosts sing songs, announces birthdays and introduces the next show. But Chica just makes squeaking noises. I guess a squeaking puppet is a good way to get a preschoolers attention. I mean, they could have made “The Sunny Side Up” cohost a set of dangling car keys, but car keys don’t really have the emotional range of a dog’s squeak toy.
Please feel free to vent the comments about Chica, or any other kid show that makes you think “WTF?”