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TV Tuesday: Swiper, No Swiping

Has there ever been a foe more stupid than Swiper the Fox? I don’t understand why Boots and Dora worry about Swiper. Most of the time he is forced to stop his swiping ways if they are able to say “Swiper, no swiping!” three times. What sort of life lesson does that teach children? Can you imagine your daughter as an adult yelling “Mugger, no mugging!” three times while someone is snatching her purse? Our kids are going to be so disappointed when this doesn’t work.

If Swiper does manage to swipe, he just throws his goods into the bushes and Dora and Boots are able to reclaim it after a short hunt. Why go to the bother of stealing someone else’s stuff if you aren’t even going to use it? Is it just for the thrill of the steal?

Not that I want much danger in my children’s tv, but if Swiper is going to be a thieving villain, I want him to be an actual menace. I want Dora and Boots to do something legitimate to prevent Swiper from stealing from them. Short of that, if Swiper actually succeeds in swiping, he should keep the loot! Instead, we have this lame villain.

It’s fun to yell “Swiper, no swiping” and to hunt for missing items, I just wish there were actual consequences to Swiper’s thieving ways.


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