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Bear In The Big Blue House
Potty Time With Bear

review by Zach B.

 

Running Time: 75 minutes

 

Studio: Columbia/Tri-Star

Retail Price: $19.95

Features: Sing-Along Songs, Bonus Trailers

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles

 

 

"Bear In The Big Blue House" is a show that I believe once aired on cable's own Disney channel (I'm not sure if it still runs), and I believe it became pretty popular. So popular, in fact, there must have been a need to put them on video and DVD so parents can pop them in and kids can watch them again and again. I'm a bit old for "Bear In The Big Blue House," but it's in the vein of Sesame Street (Jim Henson Company even produces it) so I can see why kids enjoy it and why parents don't mind. The characters are lovable, it's a very happy and positive show and it teaches kids stuff they're learning and getting used to, things they should know about. Again, I'm a bit old for this... but with fun characters, songs to sing that they can learn and have a good time with. This installment includes three episodes of the show:

When You've Got To Go - I was potty trained a long time ago, but it didn't hurt me to brush up on a few pointers. In this episode, we learn about the fun using the bathroom. Going at the right time when we listen to our body, using the sink after going and hearing kids and their potty experiences. Just don't depressed when you go in your pants. We all have "accidents."

If At First You Don't Succeed - Practice makes perfect... (hey, look at my reviews when I first started with the site). Here, we learn if you want to get good at something, you need time and commitment. Practice makes a different.Whether it's a circus act thing, an instrument... yeah, it's here to enjoy.

Call It A Day - What make a day? Bear reflects on his day and all the adventures he had. Yes, a lot can happen in a day, whether good or bad, but tomorrow is another one for sure...

 

 

NO ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN! HOW DARE THEY! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! Just kidding... 1.33:1 full screen here as intended, I'm sure. There's a nice three dimensionality to the image, and I bet kids will be attracted to the colorful and bright colors in the blue house and the characters themselves. Kids won't really care what's wrong with the image, but if you do, I noticed some slight shimmering and noise here and there in the episodes. Still, kids are sure to enjoy these.

 

The English stereo track is fine. No distorition or hissing here, this is a fine track. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, you actually kinda feel Bear "sniffing" you. Nothing gets in the way of the dialogue... the sound effects and musical overtures come into play nicely. There's also English closed captions, English subtitles and Spanish subtitles.

 

Four Sing-Alongs are here - "Your Potty Chair," "What's That Smell?," "Hello Song" and "The Tolleteers." So if your kid or you like the songs and want to sing along and learn them, go nuts. There's also some Bonus Trailers for other "Big Bear In The Blue House" episodes, "Dragon Tales," "Jay Jay The Jet Plane" and The Trumpet Of The Swan.

 

 

There are fun programs kids will enjoy, so if you know someone who can't resist Bear and his big blue house (a younger sibling, child, etc), then this DVD is worth picking up for them. Have fun!