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Saturday morning remixed

Remember curling up in front of the TV with a bowl of sugary cereal on Saturday morning? The characters you loved are back on TV with better graphics and modern touches. You might be surprised to find that your kids are watching your old favorites, from Pound Puppies to Care Bears.

Want to wow your young kid? Tell her you used to watch her favorite shows when you were a little girl. Retro cartoons like the Pound Puppies and the Care Bears have been updated with sleek animation and snappy, modern dialogue. Next time your child curls up for a lazy morning of cartoons, join in and check out what your old favorites have been up to.

Pound Puppies

The original Pound Puppies television show expanded on a popular line of collectible children’s toys first released in the 1980’s. It’s hard to find an 80’s kid who didn’t “adopt” at least one Pound Puppy. The new televisions series, which premiered in 2010, has more developed plot lines, featuring shelter animals who run a secret underground organization. With a great message about adopting shelter pets, Pound Puppies focuses on working as a team to help others. Catch Pound Puppies on The Hub on Saturdays at 9 a.m.

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Care Bears

Three decades after the original Care Bears took kids in the 80’s by storm, teaching lessons about relationships, behavior and positivity, the new musical series Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot premiered on The Hub. The new series features old favorites and a younger bear, Wonderheart, voiced by 10-year-old Michaela Dean. A traditional Saturday morning cartoon, Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot airs at 8 a.m. on The Hub, right in time for the little ones to enjoy breakfast in pajamas and some gentle life lessons. As with the original series, the new Care Bears series highlights issues that affect young children, such as competitive behavior and insecurity.

My Little Pony

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic launched a surprising phenomenon of highly enthused male fans who call themselves Bronies. With no irony, these older fans support the themes of friendship and love expressed in the new television series. The latest update of the 80’s toy franchise involving a variety of brightly-colored ponies, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic explores themes of identity and growing up as it follows several ponies’ adventures. Watch on Saturday mornings on The Hub at 10 a.m. or DVR to watch it later with your tween when she’s done sleeping in. You might be surprised at how enjoyable (and relatable!) the show is.

Strawberry Shortcake

Do you remember having Strawberry Shortcake shampoo? The little freckled redhead has shifted since her original 80’s persona. After a brief resurgence in the early 2000’s, she’s back with her friends on Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures. The Strawberry Shortcake characters have gotten updates, with streamlined hairstyles and cute, striped leggings. They look more modern, but they’re still very age-appropriate for young viewers. The messages aren’t too deep, but it’s a great youthful example of groups of girlfriends and different looks and personalities. Strawberry Shortcake airs every Saturday at 11 a.m. on The Hub.

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