Several things I must admit:
1. I will not buy my kids character toys, clothes, gear (e.g. backpacks) because I don't want my kids to be walking advertisements for large corporations nor do I want them to limit their creativity to what media mongols deem "creative". Of note is that Halloween is a big exception. That is fantasy and part of the fun is being someone else. Plus I really want to dress up as Wonder Woman one of these years. But that is a different post.
2. I absolutely love (and luckily so do my kids) the PBS show Fetch with Ruff Ruffman, the game show involving six pre-teen/early teen kids and a cartoon dog host (the same voice actor who does Kenny the Shark). Season Three starts TODAY, September 29th!!
3. When a friend who works at the PBS station that produces FETCH offered to buy all three of my kids FETCH shirts, I didn't hesitate to say "YES! And do they make them for adults?" But then she insisted that I not pay her back when she handed me the shirts. So technically they are gifts.
But really, who wouldn't proudly advertise a well-written and thought out show about a cartoon dog with his own reality game show which is based in his garage (aka "Studio G")? A show that somehow gets my kids to make up their own math or science challenges or gets us to try new things like Circus Smirkus? And how can you not promote FETCH when this is one of the advertisements. Everybody get your Earth, Wind and Fire on (really click it - it takes 30 seconds to watch)....
So now that you all are getting down thanks to an orange cartoon dog (and plan on TiVo-ing the new shows on September 29th), what advertisements just make you smile?