Friday, March 9, 2012

In Memoriam: Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird

Moose and Zee heading to the
 unemployment line
Sniff. Sniff. It's a sad day.

After a quick Google search, I have found out that Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird (aka Moose and Zee) aren't on vacation nor are they holding out for contract negotiations. Nick Jr. gave Moose and Zee the axe. The ole' heave ho. The pink slip. On March 1 the beloved pair of woodland creatures who entertained Miss Paige and the Big D for the past few years were gone for good:
Bumpers, songs, and interstitial games featuring Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird were removed from Nick Jr. at 6:00 a.m. ET on March 1, 2012, following an update of the network’s image, produced by Troika Design Group. After that, Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird disappeared from Nick Jr. completely. Also, on that day, the “It’s like preschool on TV” slogan was abandoned and replaced with “The Smart Place to Play” (Wikepedia)

I'm not the only one saddened by the dissapearance of my fav moose and bird - someone created a petition to bring our pals back!  A little extreme, yes - but I much prefer the semi-educational info Moose and Zee provided vs. the new commercials that have replaced them. And to be honest, a few months ago our family's channel of choice became PBS - specifically for Sesame Street, Curious George and Dinosaur Train. Before anyone out there gets their panties in a knot over too much TV watching, my kids don't really "watch" the shows... it's more for background noise while we do other activities. The monotony of bings and beeps and CRASH (that's Legos beging thrown to the floor) has got to break at some point during the day, right? Right!

And here is a link from a story CBS did:  "It’s like to Occupy Wall Streeters grew up, had kids and turned their wrath on children’s television."  Some parents are taking it pretty hard... please don't camp outside Nickelodeon Studios folks... remember you have the kiddos to take care of  : )

In memoriam, I have included some of my fav Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird moments... you will be missed, my furry and feathered friends!