One discovery last week was a pair of really beautiful, smart, and funny animated segments on an NHK kid's TV show called Pitagora Suicchi [Pythagoras Switch].
Juppon Anime [10 Stick Anime] is a story or game told by 10 animated sticks. It's easy to follow and deadpan amusing, and it has that rarest of commodities on children's television, especially in Japan: normal, conversational voices, not the annoyingly perky kiddiespeak. [The voices are provided by a comedy duo called Rahmens, if you want to know.]
The episode the kid and I saw had the ten sticks divided into two teams to play an exquisite corpse-like game where they took turns depicting words that that began with the last syllable of the previous word. So far on YouTube, though, I've only been able to fine one episode, similarly entertaining, about a trip to the beach.
Juppon Anime alternates with the story of Framy, a cute little dog and his family drawn just with squares. The episode online shows how Framy's spotty cousin does such a good job taking care of the baby. Even if it weren't fun, nice, and inventively drawn, it'd be a welcome antidote to the pit bull story I just posted. [update: Just search for Framy on YouTube; the video keeps getting removed and reposted.]
Pitagora Suicchi homepage, in Japanese [nhk.or.jp]
Pitagora on Wikipedia Japan, translated by excite.jp [ja.wikipedia.org]
Download fandubs of Pitagora episodes by dattebayo [yhbt.mine.nu]