Caught sight of this little guy in a co-worker’s cubicle. His name is Paco and fans of the old PBS Kids series Maya And Miguel should recognize him as the bilingual parrot owned by the titular twins (although Paco originally belonged to their abuela). Maya And Miguel ran for 65 episodes starting in 2004 and focused on the adventures and misadventures of pre-teen siblings Maya and Miguel Santos and their family and friends.
It’s Thanksgiving week so I thought I’d ponder the birds of public broadcasting. There may be some pretty obvious ones from which to choose but I tend to gravitate towards the deeper cuts, so to speak. So here you go – MY TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING BIRDS. Not the best or whatever superlative you fancy – simply MY personal Top Five.
5) X THE OWL – Voiced by Mister Rogers himself, X the Owl was one of the denizens of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. X lived in the old oak tree next to Henrietta Pussycat and was always eager and cheerful.
4) THE “IT’S THE PLUMBER” PARROT – One of my favorite animated bits from the original The Electric Company featured an earnest plumber and a precocious parrot. “Who is it?” “It’s the plumber. I’ve come to fix the sink.” Continue reading →
For whatever reason, I started thinking of this old cartoon I used to see on The Electric Company (original series) when I was a kid. It still cracks me up and I think it’s a fantastic example of how much children’s television has changed over the decades. Can you imagine something like this airing today?