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As aunt of a preschooler and an aspiring voiceover actress (I knew all those hours of watching Bugs Bunny would come in handy), I apperceive all the kids’ shows as able-bodied as every kids’ DVD out there. My TV Critic column will be a regular family-fare adviser to Kids’ TV.

In my assessment, there’s no bigger road celebrities can regain their outrageous salaries than entertaining and sometimes educating kids. And They Might Be Giants amuse the “cooler than Elvis” vote for singing the topic song to one of Playhouse Disney’s newest hits, “Higglytown Heroes.”

For those of you not accepted with all things Higgly (an adjective used as much as “Smurfy” but not, thank Higgles, as a verb), the series centers on a baby town and four tots named Eubie, Kip, and siblings Wayne and Twinkle. Anticipate “South Grassland” with bigger art and no foul mouths. The strongest speech is, “Aw, pickles,” usually uttered by Twinkle (pinker than Trista Rehn Sutter!) after her fanciful ideas for solving the kids’ dilemmas amuse gently punctured by Fran, a affable squirrel voiced by Edie McClurg.

In each two-episode half-hour appearance, the Higgly Kids acquaintance accepted, innocent childhood events such as finding a caterpillar, hosting a television affair for the Blessed Hairy Higgly Monster Primetime Adapted, losing a tooth, Kip’s Grandpa locked in the bathroom, or caring for an atramentous bird. The kids ace shot to solve their problems, guided by Fran who is the articulation of astuteness, helped by their admiring families and the ever-enthusiastic oddly Bill and Ted-ish Pizza Guy…plus someone adapted. Then comes the inevitable song…

“Someone adapted, who could it be?

This action’s too ample for you and me.

We charge some advice!

But never abhorrence-o,

It looks according to a action for a…Higglytown Ace!

A Higglytown Ace!”

Some of the heroes are accustomed choices, especially after September 11: Police Woman, Firefighter, etc. But how abounding of us anticipate of sanitation workers, electricians, plumbers, gardeners, mail carriers (voiced by Kathie Shelter Gifford) and farmers as heroes? Or a telephone operator (voiced by Cyndi Lauper)? Although the heroes accept celebrity voices, the Higgly Kids ascertain that the absolute stars all around them are the bodies who solve problems every day.

Some of the dilemmas amuse a babyish antic from an adult perspective. For archetype, when Kip climbs a tree to save a fiancee neighborhood cat and her kittens, his friends advice him. Why, when he gets stuck, can’t they advice him back down? Ahem…when was the last age you tripped and panicked? You charge advice in your own action every day without thinking about it.

The adorableness of “Higglytown Heroes” is that it celebrates working at buttoned up, “having amusing at buttoned up,” and the Higgly Kids as able-bodied as their families never booty for granted the Heroes in their lives. The Electrician (Spear Bass) gets invited to share in the “Higgly Monsters” TV affair after repairing the circuitry for Kip’s abode. The Blaze Fighter (Donald Faison) who gets Kip out of the tree shares in a birthday affair for the neighborhood cat. How abounding of us action out of our road to thank the bodies who accomplish our lives easier? Sometimes we forget to beam them as bodies with needs and feelings.

We even forget to beam our own families as heroes. Kip’s Grandmama (articulation of Betty Achromatic) knits the kids sweaters. Kip’s Mom acts according to the soul of ‘50s domesticity, but gets rewarded when Kip and his friends accomplish her a amuse-able-bodied card. Wayne’s Mom shows the kids a caterpillar and drives them to the beach.

Interestingly, Higgly families aren’t always nuclear families, something Disney portrays as accustomed without calling attention to it. Kip’s family is the closest, with twin sisters, a baby sister, a mom and dad (who operates a ardent dog cart), and two grandparents who either alive in Kip’s ample abode or appointment constantly. Twinkle and Wayne’s mom seems to be a single root (although all are African-American, no one has screamed racism yet), and Eubie is apparently being raised by his Southern-accented Aunt Millie and Uncle Zooter, with visits from his Southern-accented Grandpop (a farmer).

In abounding ways, Higglytown is idealized. No one really seems to anguish about jobs, almighty dollar or status. Bodies action to the library, and a Librarian is a Higglytown Ace! The kids “assignment absolute adamantine” and booty albatross (gasp) by thinking up ways to advice themselves and their families, and in each episode there are babyish ethical lessons and advice (booty affliction of your pets, don’t statement too much electricity, accomplish someone smile) to appearance the kids how they can abound up to be…Higglytown Heroes!

Cynics and naysayers will deride this as kiddie pablum. I call it a refreshing dose of absoluteness and a tribute to the heroes all around us. The Disney animators are Higglytown Heroes for creating this appearance.

Copyright Kristin Johnson.

Kristin Johnson is co-author of the “highly recommended” Midwest Book Analysis pick, Christmas Cookies Are For Giving: Stories, Recipes and Tips for Manufacture Heartwarming Gifts (ISBN: 0-9723473-9-9). A downloadablemedia equipment is available at our Interlacing site,, or e-mail the publisher (

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Originall posted January 20, 2012