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No Fairly OddParents on ABS-CBN

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ on the Nick on ABS-CBN block is not good for Nick fans.

Since 2009, select Nickelodeon programs have been airing on both ABS-CBN and Studio 23. All of the Nick programs are dubbed in Filipino. However, one noticeable omission took my notice, and that is the fact that Nickelodeon’s second most popular series ‘The Fairly OddParents‘ is not airing on either network.

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ dates back to the years when TV5 had the rights to Nickelodeon programs. At the time, the most recognizable programs on Nick were aired on the Kapatid network; namely Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Danny Phantom and CatDog, among others. When the rights moved to ABS-CBN, Spongebob and Dora were retained, after which new series such as Wonder Pets, Back at the Barnyard, El Tigre, Planet Sheen and Ni Hao Kai Lan began to air. Despite that, neither network wanted to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’, despite its long history and critical acclaim.

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ really caught me by surprise. I really wanted to see Timmy Turner, Cosmo and Wanda, Vicky and the Pixies speak in Filipino. Very funny and interesting, right? But the management at ABS-CBN never wanted a part of ‘The Fairly OddParents’, either because dubbing the high-pitched and fast lines in Filipino may be difficult for the voice actors, or that the program’s rights may be more expensive, since they already have Spongebob and Dora at their disposal. Regardless, the omission of the popular ‘The Fairly OddParents’ is not a good one for viewers who cannot afford cable TV and have no business watching Nickelodeon’s second-tier animated series.

In the past, I have criticized ABS-CBN for cutting too many scenes on their Nickelodeon programs. For example, a lot of Spongebob episodes have so many scenes cut off that I tuned out for good. This was not the case when TV5 still handled the programs. What ABS-CBN did should be derided and frowned upon; you have no business in editing some funny scenes.

If ABS-CBN finally decided to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’ in the near future, it should satisfy the viewers’ hunger for an animated series featuring magic, moral lessons, and humor. If not, blame the Kapamilya network for not airing it at all.


Boring Game of Cat and Mouse

Cartoon Network needs to thrive and adapt to a new generation with younger cartoons such as Adventure Time, in order to survive.

Tom and Jerry are a legend. They have been around for over 70 years, and has stood the test of time. However, it is becoming clear that I grew bored watching this cartoon, and I always wanted this program to be relegated to the late nights/early morning slot where there are only a few people awake at this time.

I don’t understand why Cartoon Network continues to air the program during the daylight hours, considering that the shorts are 65 years old on average. For those who watch the program, the premise is always simple : a cat named Tom is chasing a mouse named Jerry, and it is always the mouse that is winning the chase. There is basically no script; only a musical score and large amounts of visual humor are emphasized in every short. Tom and Jerry’s formula has been replicated on other cartoons, such as another Cartoon Network program Oggy and the Cockroaches. However, because of its age and repetitive airings I think it is time for Tom and Jerry to step aside for good.

Cartoon Network needs to emphasize more on younger cartoons, such as the hugely popular Adventure Time and Ben 10 series. They have already stopped airing classic cartoons such as the Looney TunesScooby DooDexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls, among others. And since the Toonami block spun off into its own channel, Cartoon Network’s programming has been somewhat limited, and programs usually air on a three to four hours rotation. Perhaps adding new cartoons to the mix may help Cartoon Network introduce itself into a younger audience, and more importantly, maintain its status as one of the most-watched animation channel on TV.

If Nickelodeon has survived well with Spongebob Squarepants and The Fairly Oddparents as its standard-bearers, and if Disney Channel has survived with Phineas and Ferb, then Cartoon Network has to survive with Adventure Time and Ben 10 as its standard-bearers. Cartoon Network needs to get rid of the older cartoons and give way to younger ones in order to introduce themselves to a new audience. And getting rid of Tom and Jerry is a good start.