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If you’ve got young children, odds are good that you are familiar with and have seen more than your fair share of Disney Junior’s PJ Masks. I’m usually a fan of the shows on Disney Junior (I loves me some Sheriff Callie and Henry Hugglemonster), but this PJ Masks show is a bit much.
The villains all seem to be stereotypes for the weird and reject kids. Think about it. Luna is the “artsy girl,” Romeo is the brainy nerd, the Wolfy Kids are the new kids who moved in from another district and no one get them. Night Ninja is the only one who doesn’t fit neatly into a stereotype as far as I can tell. As for the rest, we’ve got the normal kids as the super heroes and the different kids as the bad guys. Rather disappointed in the writers for not picking up on this. And where do the villains go to school? Most of them don’t hide their faces, so you’d think it would be easy enough to find them during the school day and turn them in to the principal or something.
Then there’s the noticeable lack of adult supervision and proper parenting. In every episode, we see the adults at the very beginning, just long enough for them to explain what has messed up, gone missing or been broken into. They’re portrayed as bumbling, inept and completely clueless about everything. Yep, you know us adults – a bunch of dummies. There was one who was like, “Oh no, I messed up the painting, I guess we can’t paint,” and then he just walks off and you never see that adult again. What’s also weird is that there are all these super hero and super villain vehicles driving and flying around the city and literally crawling up and down buildings (the gecko mobile) and not a single adult bothers to stick their head out of a window to see what all the commotion is about. The most lackadaisical adults ever, even worse than the Charlie Brown adults. At least with those adults you heard their “whomp whomp whomp” and knew they were saying something to try to help direct morality for the kids, based off of how the kids would respond. In the world of PJ Masks, the parents are just completely absent.
And let’s tackle the crux of the show – that these kids battle evil at night, when they should be in bed. After their bed time, while in their pajamas, they suddenly morph into super heroes and stay out during all hours of the night battling ne’er do wells. So there’s the takeaway kids – hop out of bed while in your nightgown, drive a large vehicle down the street (or up the side of a building) and be sure to laugh at the dumb adults once it’s all said and done.
Yeah, I just don’t get PJ Masks.