Wondershowzen is another program I have paid close attention to in regards to my own project. This is a television show which takes the idea of children’s programming to a whole other level. The show itself is presented as a fun, learning based program like Sesame Street with whimsical lettering and animations, however the content of the show is very adult oriented and extremely popular.
Here is some of the feedback from a viewer that I felt clearly describes the Wonder Showzen phenomenon and its success:
“What people need to understand is that this is parody within parody, and the humour is complex. It is presented as a kid’s show and a lampoon on cartoons of the sesame street variety. So its not just a simple “lol mexicans have babies” joke, its a morbid jab at what values we teach our children, a less judgemental view of the world, etc. You do have to be intelligent to fully appreciate some parts of Wondershowzen.” – wardlemike – You Tube User
-This Wonder Showzen Clip is clearly an attack on labor laws outside of this country, but done in an animated cartoon approach. The viewer is encouraged to think outside of this segment and explore the issues further. Even though the content is presented like one of those popular saturday morning cartoons, it is for an adult audience to understand.