Both my children are obsessed with Tom and Jerry at the moment.
My mum and dad have about a million more TV channels than us so Izzy caught an episode on one of the cartoon channels at their house a while ago and now requests Tom and Jerry whenever we visit. She talked about it so much that Jon bought her a Tom and Jerry DVD which her and Sam both now LOVE. I have to say I love it too. Izzy and Sam both roar with laughter when watching it and it does make me smile. The humour doesn't seem to date at all. I remember watching it a lot when I was a child in the 1970's and thinking it was really funny then.
I'm kind of aware that its slightly frowned upon now for some of the 'violence' in it and also for some of the stereotyping of the human characters e.g the black maid. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I understand people wanting to move away from this but as a child I was completely unaware of that aspect of it. Its the same with Enid Blyton books. I devoured Enid Blyton books when I was little. I was obsessed with the Famous Five and Secret Seven and the girls at St Claires and Mallory Towers. I want Izzy to read them and love them in the same way I did even though I know that some of the language and content is now considered to be sexist and racist.
My cousin was recently bought a set of Enid Blyton books for her birthday which she loved but was told by her school that she shouldn't be reading them! I must admit I was outraged when I heard and felt very protective of this part of my childhood. I realise that attitudes, values and language have (thankfully) moved on but they are of their time and were written when attitudes and values were very different. I would, of course, change any old fashioned offensive language I came across whilst reading them to my children. Actually what a great opportunity to discuss sexism and racism with children when they are older by reading the book and pointing out to them how times have changed and how society is different now. The main thing they gave me was a love of reading and a love of books which I think is really important. So on balance I am going to continue watching Tom and Jerry and share Enid Blyton with my children and hope they love them as much as I did.
What do other people think. I'm really interested to hear your views.....