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Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

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yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

And I'm supposed to be impressed?

Wrong messages for little kids.

It says more about the parents, of course, than their offspring.

Maryquilter
Farmington, UT

I think they are hilarious and their kids are great. In this world of economic disasters and starvation and war, we could use more comic relief. Beats watching the trash you see coming from most stand-up comedians and late-night comedy shows in my opinion.

buckrol
Orem, UT

I love that there's clean comedy out there. I also love that it's just a family of brothers getting together and having fun. That in and of itself sends a message of family.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

I love the Kid History series! I have thoroughly enjoyed all 5 episodes several times, and my family and I quote their lines in our everyday lives. These videos are brilliant and original. You can tell the Roberts families are enjoying themselves, bonding together, as they make a positive impact on the lives on our families.

What I feel is odd is the heading for the article, labeling this as a "Mormon YouTube" series. Okay, I understand these families were putting something together for an LDS film festival, but these videos do not prostylitize the LDS faith. There's no need to sell Kid History short by labeling it a "Mormon" series.

Because these videos are good, do we seriously have to label them as "Mormon" just because the Roberts families are Mormon?

MoJules
Florissant, MO

I think that the Roberts family has a choice as to how they label them, it would be fun to have the kids do some Book of Mormon stories. These are so fun and I can't wait to show them to my granddaughter and the step grand kids. It might be a good thing to do with my husbands family, maybe would get the feuding adults to get along.

Abeille
West Haven, Utah

I liked them.

F-A-C-T!

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

When you portray bad behavior as a joke, you encourage it--bad behavior, that is.

Road rage is not right, and it certainly should not be shown to be funny.

Fighting is not right, and neither should it be portrayed as funny.

Kids love "funny" and what parents laugh it, whether it's bad or good, kids will be encouraged to actually because mom and dad thinks it's funny.

That's why this sort of portrayal of parental behavior is not appropriate.

President Hinckley said that you can tell a lot about a man's character by what he laughs at.

Road rage IS NOT right. It is not in keeping with "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"; hence it is not good to portray it as humorous.

Abeille
West Haven, Utah

yarrlydarb -

It's not road rage we're laughing at, and we're not encouraging children to act inappropriately. Also I'm sure that the original telling of the story by the Parents to the Children was appropriate. Our laughter is due to the beautiful, wonderful innocence of childhood. In the retelling of these stories, the children brighten our heart and reminds us of a more innocent time in our own lives.

I went on a mission to France quite a number of years ago. While I was there I was arrested and kicked out of a town, had a gun drawn on me and my companion, was spat upon, had rotten vegetables thrown at me, etc. I've told all these histories to my children at one time or another. Why? To scare them? No, quite the opposite. I was showing my children how wonderful our blessings were - even in the face of hardship. I can only wonder how an 8-year-old would have retold my stories.

I laughed at all these videos. Would President Hinckley know what type of Man I am because I laughed at these cute videos - know of my commitment to the gospel? I sure hope so!

welcomethemall
Nampa, ID

Wow - you're going to chew us out for laughing at this? (I love the intergoogle.) What a bleak world you must live in.

President Hinckley laughed at himself - made fun of himself even in General Conference (re: when his son Richard was sustained as a new General Authority). I don't think he was mocking the role of the Prophet, or diminishing the sacred importance of General Conference when he did so, any more than I think these people are making light of road rage.

They are making fun of themselves for being stupid. This is not an advocacy piece. (I bet you hate the Simpsons too.)

The whole point of observational humor is to point out the inconsistencies of our world, especially our personal hypocrisies. This stuff from the Roberts is cute, but isn't my cup of tea (sorry - cocoa). That doesn't make it unfunny - just not funny to me.

Based on events in my life, including the callings I've been given, I am fairly certain the Lord has a vast sense of humor.

Have a footbath, Ned Flanders, and lighten up already.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm siding with yarrly on this one.

The style of the video is innovative and funny, but the center piece of the story is "If you punch our car, I'll punch your car." They could've just driven off and avoided conflict, but instead they escalated the conflict, which led to a fight, and then they bragged about it for years.

Not only was their response to this situation juvenile, it was dangerous. Conflicts like these have ended in death, in Utah, within the last 12 months. Even women are not immune. One road rage fatality in Utah was a woman who was a participant in a road rage incident.

Find another subject.

Randelius
SCOTTSDALE, AZ

I think they did a good job on this. Two problems: one, trying to shoot the Mormon fish in the barrel of marketing= LAME. Really? "LDS humor?" I'm LDS myself, and that phrase makes me dry heave. 2. No accreditation to the source of inspiration for this, the hilarious Drunk History, which has been playing at Sundance in their short film series for years and is available on youtube. Therefore, it comes off as a blatant ripoff of someone else's creative franchise and wherewithal= DOUBLE LAME.

ekiosity
OREM, UT

Let's look at all of the bad things this film encourages:
Public Urination
Littering
Road Rage
Wreckles Driving
Cleaning your windshield while driving
Playing with Barbies while at school
Making fun of people with no Barbie toys and no big friends
Car punching
It really should have an 'R' rating. HA! Where else in the world could this clean of a film be controversial?

Macaw
Herriman, UT

My 20 & 30 something year old kids started showing me these video's a while ago and they really are pretty funny. I wasn't sure what I was watching the first time and then realized the whole concept is to show how stories we tell our children, that were supposed to be history, can easily become fiction. I've had my own kids repeat stories back to me I've told them years ago when they were little and I hardly recognized it. It's hilarious. I can just picture these brother's sitting around talking to each other and reminising about the past and the little kids sitting there listening. I hope this family keeps it up. I for one enjoy them.

raybies
Layton, UT

This show is a brilliant idea and I've been watching this one for a while now. The whole idea is great and ironic. Kids naturally parrot adults. Watching adults parrot the kids telling the stories is a great twist on this. It celebrates kids and family traditions. I love how they capture the kid's tendency to pause, get distracted and all that. It's wholesome fun and it encourages storytelling in your family with all the rambling and missing details that all kids have when they attempt to tell a story that they were told by their parents. Every family has its own stories. I've thought about filming my own kids telling stories I've told them a number of times--just to see what they remember.

And remember, if you buy 16 completas it's only 16 dollars...

kes
Holland, OH

Our whole family has fallen in love with this series of videos. We are not LDS, but they've given us a whole new appreciation for the LDS church as a place that values family and fun. They're the best PR the Mormon church has going here in the midwest!

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