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scene in which Mr Clever and Little Miss Curious discuss the Forth Bridge. It reads: ‘Mr Clever explained that it was named after the River Forth. Little Miss Curious thought for a moment. “So what happened to the River First, the River Second and the River Third?” she asked.
Mr Clever sighed. It was going to be a very long day.’
She said: ‘The Mr Men books are intended for children and it’s telling them “girls, you need to be stupid and men, it’s your job to explain things”.’
originally posted by: Ahabstar
It seems I vaguely recall these characters from the 1980’s in stories meant for little children? Complex character development doesn’t work well in younger children’s literature. I think someone needs go back and watch some more sanitized cartoons like the voice over work in old Tom and Jerry cartoons. And see if they are pleased with the results or more offended that original academy award winning voice work and dialogue was changed to reflect modern times making some actions disjointed.