Children\'s Show, Adult Characters
A show targeted specifically at young children focuses on the affairs of characters who are essentially adults.


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The show is targeted at children, often very young children, and often focuses stories on issues important to young children, yet the characters are for all intents and purposes adults. How do we know they're adults? Because they don't go to school, manage their own households, and in many cases hold jobs or drive vehicles. The shows may include a token child character or a few token children, but the main characters are adults.

Examples:

  • Lest we forget, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the other My Little Pony incarnations are targeted at children. But the "mane" characters are adults. They manage their own affairs, in many cases hold important jobs, and if their parents are seen, it's only for a visit. In Friendship is Magic, the token children are the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
  • Though the characters of Winnie the Pooh are allegedly Christopher Robins's stuffed animals come to life and have many child-like qualities, they are essentially adults. Each lives in their house, they gather their own food, and otherwise tend to their own affairs. Roo is the token child, Lumpy as well in some later Disney installments, and Christopher Robin / later Darby are undefinable because they live separate from the Wood.
  • The characters on Strawberry Shortcake each have their own house. No parents are even seen and again, they manage their own affairs, though working together with each other is a big theme. The most recent incarnation of the series presents them as even more mature. The token child is Strawberry's sister Apple Dumplin', though even she has been presented as grown-up at times.
  • The Care Bears are adults, though they help kids with their affairs. Each is also intended to represent a child-like quality of emotion, such as the bear who likes to have fun, or the cheerful bear. In earlier installments, Hugs and Tugs were the token children, in the newest one, that's Wonderheart Bear.
  • Maisy Mouse is a very odd case. The characters each live in their own houses, and Maisy shown taking her own bath and driving vehicles. Yet on the TV show, the characters speak in a sort of baby babble, and one of the books depicts Maisy as going to school. So, which is it... adult or child?
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