Zaki's Reviews: Oobi
by, 14th August 2012 at 12:39 PM (1833 Views)
I figured that Captain N: The Game Master wasn't bad enough, so I am going to review something REALLY bad! Drum roll, please!
Yes, Oobi. A show for 3-year-olds. But I figure that it's so bad, it's worth reviewing. It is just awful. Talk about a most unintelligent kids' show. I used to watch it sometimes just to make fun of it. And why else wouldn't I make fun of some piss-poor show? You'll find out:
Okay, so here's what Oobi is about. It is about this hand puppet named Oobi. He is a hand with eyes, like virtually all of the characters on this show. Oobi is supposed to be an average kid. Except for one problem: his lack of sentence comprehension.
Yep, that's the biggest problem with the show. The characters don't talk in complete sentences! At least the characters in Dora the Explorer use complete sentences! And it's not just the kid characters: the adult characters do it too! As far as I know the only adults who talk like that are severely disabled. I have a second cousin who is mentally disabled and even he speaks better than these characters! (He's about 20. I feel bad for him.)
So Oobi also has a little sister, Uma. She's probably the least annoying character IMO since some really little kids do talk in incomplete sentences. Although she has her slips too, such as being obsessed with being a chicken. The two live together with their grandfather, Grampu. Grampu is rather creepy in the way that his fingers are positioned. And his catchphrase is "lovely" . Oobi and Uma's parents are never shown. I only wonder what happened to them. Maybe they went to jail for child abuse?
Then there's Oobi's friend Kako, who is supposedly "ethnic". He says "perfecto" all the time and talks in a vaguely "suave" kind of voice . What, are they trying to make fun of ethnic people too?
So now that we have gone through the main characters, let's look at some other aspects of the show. It is full of talking hands. There is even a talking foot in one episode! These hands can grow hair and wear clothes. They go to school and work. They're just like normal people (well, except for the fact that they TALK IN INCOMPLETE SENTENCES). And you got to see the creepy way that they eat food. And guess what? They have puppets for animals too! Although sometimes they use real animals, so it seems that they can't decide whether they want real animals or fake ones.
The plots are pretty typical for a little kids' show. Oobi and the other kids go through various things that real little kids experience, such as going to the park or getting ready for bed. Nothing new, but what could you say about a kids' show?
And want to see how bad the speech gets? In one episode Oobi goes to the doctor for a check-up. When Oobi finally meets the doctor, we see that she talks in the same broken English that the other characters do . Yes, the DOCTOR actually speaks like that! What message are they trying to send to kids? That it's okay for a professional to speak like that?
I actually learned from a number of parents (including at least one of my cousins) that the type of speech used in shows like Oobi is an annoyance to speech pathologists. They think that it creates problems with kids learning how to talk. How would you like it if you had a 4-year-old and you kept hearing them saying, for example, "Chloe scared" or "James poop"? Some also have a big problem with Elmo from Sesame Street with his third-person talk. And I can see, since Elmo is much more popular than that pathetic excuse for a kids' show Oobi.
The only funny moment on the show was when Oobi is watching a baby and then he notices a smell. He asks what it is, and then the mum says "Baby poop!", and then Oobi says "Baby poop? REALLY?"
So there you have it, that godawful show Oobi. It's lame, unfunny, and teaches kids things that they shouldn't. It really treats viewers like a bunch of babies. I actually heard a rumour that this show was made for autistic kids. As someone who is autistic, I find that to be a little unnerving. I remember a line from a book called Double Fudge where one character says TV turns thinkers into vegetables. Well this show certainly does! Actually, it turns thinkers into shit!
Oobi ranks up there with Max & Ruby and Caillou as the worst kids' shows ever created. It's bad enough that the former features a six-year-old who raises her ADHD-inflicted little brother by herself and the latter is about the king of tantrums, but Oobi takes the cake for most unintelligent.
My rating for Oobi:
0 (Abysmal) - It is just awful. Please avoid it at all costs.
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