If you have littl'uns, you'll be familiar with Jimmy Giggle and his owl mate, Hoot. For me, children's television is mostly an exercise in pain, but these two bring me a surprising amount of joy. I like them, and their friendship warms my cockles. Most male presenters of kid's shows are sappy and annoying, but Jimmy just seems like a good sort of guy. And Hoot, well what can you say about the lovable owl. He's lovable.
So, all was well. Until recently. Enter Hootabelle..
Now, I don't want to start a smear campaign, really I don't. I have nothing against her personally- she's probably a genuine and kindhearted owl. But for me, she is mucking with my beloved duo, creating a potential rift in the dynamic. You can see already how Hoot's loyalty has become divided, he's off his game a bit, distracted by the whole bromance vs. owl-pal issue.
Not wanting to tear her down too much, but I don't get Hootabelle. Why did the need arise for her to join the party? And what's with that voice? Hoot has a lovable little squeaky cartoon voice, whereas Hootabelle sounds like a 40 year old ABC news presenter. It doesn't add up.
I don't want to be too dramatic, but essentially, Giggle is Paul, Hoot is John, and Hootabelle is Yoko. And we all know how that story ended.