Having kids changes the things you obsess about.
Still, I had to come out of hiding to address a slew of unrealistic inaccuracies in Disney’s The Little Einsteins; an often-adorable show about a quadfecta of young friends and their sentient robot rocket, Rocket. On a weekly basis they launch off on a variety of missions and tie in music and art while they’re doing it.
I just wish they could pay as much attention to the other small details.
Besides the fact that animals’ voices don’t sound like musical instruments, and that with the price of real estate these days there’d be no way a bunch of pre-elementary school kids could afford to build a huge underground lair down the hill from their parents house, and way beyond the fact that they travel out of the country on a moments notice without passports, approvals or any kind of permission whatsoever…there’s one glaring visual issue I seriously can’t get past.
Look at this picture:
Here you see all the little Einsteins getting ready to take off in their Rocket. Everyone’s buckled in, they’ve got their seats and they’re ready to go. There’s (from L to R) Annie, Quincy, Leo and June. Most importantly, it’s pretty tight in there, everyone’s seats are all pretty much about two feet from each other (I measured). Pay particular attention to Leo and June and then look at the next picture (a close up of Leo as he gears up to take off):
Do you see what’s bugging me? How is it even possible that Leo is sitting there and we don’t see any of the other kids? From looking at the spatial layout in the first picture we should plainly see June on the right side of this second picture. Nothing matches up. June should be there in the background. Or on the side. Or somewhere.
Basically, we’ve been cheated here, and handed an inconsistency and basically it’s assumed that no one will care, speak up about it, or even mention it on Twitter (which I’m about to do right this second). If this was Transformers there’d be a huge discussion about it on some board somewhere. If this was a Presidential commercial, there’d be a post up about it. But because it’s a kids’ cartoon, everyone just seems to let something like this slide.
And we can’t have it.
Not if we want to save the economy.