10 July 2009

Does a Little Bear Scheisse in the Woods?

We are a Little Bear family. Over two years ago, when the kids started paying attention to the television and I realized I could use this to my advantage (plop kids down for 30 minutes, get dry hair - AMAZING!), I knew we had to pick a show that wouldn't drive us bat shit crazy. Barney? Hells no. Dora the Explorer. Shoot me. That's when our friends told us about Little Bear. When we determined the character and stories were created and written by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are? Anyone? Anyone?) we were all in.

And the stories are sweet and engaging. Little Bear loses a tooth. Little Bear has an uncontrollable sweet tooth. Little Bear builds a house for his friend Emily. Little Bear solves the mystery of who stole Father Bear's pie. And on and on.

But the one story not dealt with? Where the frak does Little Bear go potty? He and his parents live in a house with two bedrooms. You never see a bathroom. They take baths in a big metal tub in the kitchen. They obviously don't have indoor plumbing because Mother Bear has to get water from a hand pump in the kitchen. When Little Bear and his friends play around the house, you never see an outhouse. So here's my question:

Does Little Bear shit in the woods?

Seriously! Do he and his parents take care of business in the woods surrounding their home? Is there a section of woods, just past the garden, where they all take care of business? Does Father Bear go out and dig a new ditch every few months, covering the old ditch with lyme? Or does Mother Bear use the stuff for her garden's compost? Do Little Bear's anthropomorphic friends (Cat, Duck, Hen, Owl) use the same area for their bowel movements? And what about Little Bear's human friend Emily? When the Bear family built a house for Emily and her Granny, again there was no bathroom.


I just don't get it. And, yes, this is the type of thing that keeps me up at night with worry.


HEATHER said...

Paddy doesn't watch Little Bear any more. What always bothered me about LB is that his parent's were totally dressed but he was not. WTF? Father Bear was even in a three piece suit, Little Bear-nothing!
Don't even get me started on Franklin the turtle. I was totally bothered by his friends Badger, Fox, Bear, Goose and Skunk. Why didn't Fox try to eat Goose? Why didn't Badger try to eat Fox and on and on!
I guess with kids TV shows adults are 1-not supposed to think about them and 2-not supposed to watch.

Creative-Type Dad said...

Maybe they do it in the tub?

Now get some sleep...(lol)

Bubblewench said...

That's awesome. I'm a huge Sendak fan.. so huge I have a tattoo on my back of Max... heh.

I like Little Bear too. And um, yeah.. bears totally shit in the woods. Where have you been?

marty said...

I think Mr. Hankie from South Park is a spin-off from Little Bear.

hello haha narf said...

new phrase for me: "does little bear shit in the woods"

thank you.

see what i miss out on by not having kids? (yay!)

Expat No. 3699 said...

Does Little Bear shit in the woods? Hmm. If he does and there's no one there to see it, did it happen?

Patois42 said...

I loved Little Bear. Definitely one I could stomach. Unlike you, however, I didn't ponder his toilet habits. I just accepted him in his naked wonderfulness.

sybil law said...

Awww - I loved Little Bear - mostly because it was QUIET. A nice, quiet cartoon that taught good lessons - score!
See - I have seriously always wondered about Clifford! I mean, that dog is humongous! Where the hell does he take a dump? He lives on an island! WTH?!

HEATHER said...

OH lawdy Sybil, my kid watches Clifford everyday and even though I have always owned dogs, I totally NEVER gave that a thought! Again goes back to my theory that adults shouldn't think too much about children's tv shows! LOL!!

Avitable said...

The bears use the Vatican to shit so that the Pope can shit in the woods. Duh.

Lynda said...

I loved the books when I was a kid. I didn't know they made it into a TV show.

It just doesn't seem right.

Oh, and they probably have outhouses, where you can't see them!

A Free Man said...

I have nothing to add about ursine bowel movements, but am interested in the program. Zach's starting to show interest in TV - which annoys me, but that's a different story. Damn day care - and I'm looking for some quality kids programs. Will check this one out.