Awesome Music: Covered Up pop tunes aside, this franchise not only turns some well-known children's tunes into well-orchestrated ones for everyone to enjoy, but also has some original songs which are exceptionally well-written and boast great pop sound.
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" where the scarecrow gives a kid a pep talk before he has to go out and "save the team" during a friendly game of baseball. Scarecrow then says, "Remember, you can do anything in your life if you really believe in your dreams."
"Ride the Rollercoaster" has a moment where two boys do a Demolition Derby on the bumper cars, the girls ask them if they'll be careful. Bumper cars are not dangerous and they just bump each other playfully.
Network Red-Headed Stepchild: For Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, known during the 1990s for producing shows that regularly pushedtheenvelope in regard to children's programming. To see their name associated with a PBS Kids franchise must have been mind-boggling to regular Fox Kids/Kids' WB viewers back in the day.
Nostalgia Filter: Mainly applies to the older music videos, and to an extent, the original 1987 TV show.
"Mary Had A Little Lamb" shows Mary's classmates laughing while her teacher scolds her for bringing a noisy lamb into class. She does a Face Palm and the teacher leaves the lamb outside until Mary reunites with it at lunch.
"Santa Please Don't Forget Me" as the singer admits that he hasn't been that good a kid, but he apologizes for the wrong things that he did, including watching TV while doing homework and staying up late reading. Santa in the meantime has a neutral expression about it. On a brighter note, however, after the song ends, Santa asks if surely the singer did something nice, and the singer replies that he found a lost puppy and took care of it until its owner could reclaim it.
The Biggles have got to be some of the most ridiculous-looking creatures ever created for a kids' series. They look like a cross between Pikachu and Gizmo, with garishly-colored fur.
The costume for the kangaroo who very randomly enters in "Waltzing Matilda" to set the Jumback free. It's only on-screen for a few seconds total but it can easily come off as Accidental Nightmare Fuel for some.
"A Day at the Circus" shows the children walking alongside elephants and even riding them in various ways. Dogs are also shown dancing and running in a circle. Given the modern day lawsuits against circuses for animal abuse, especially where elephants are concerned, it may be hard to watch these.
"A Day With the Animals" likewise shows children riding elephants, juvenile chimpanzees acting out a love story, and dolphins and whales performing.
"Ride the Rollercoaster" toys with this. The kids cover the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe" where the girls cheer on the boys on the bumper cars. There's also a song about a love for eating fast foodnote albeit they are at a theme park, before the issues of child obesity in the US became more widely discussed.