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Visiting The Doctor With Bear
Running Time: 75 minutes
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
Created by the Jim Henson Company, "Bear In The Big Blue House" is a show that is somewhat similar to Sesame Street. I doubt it will reach its pop culture status and momentum as well as popularity, but it has to have some kind of following as I believed it aired on the Disney channel on cable (I'm not sure if it's still on). So yes, there has to be an audience if they keep on releasing DVDs and tapes of it. I'm sure kids want to watch these again and again, have them sniffed over and over again by Bear and they make good babysitters for parents. I'm a bit old for "Bear In The Big Blue House," but I can see why kids enjoy it so much and why parents don't mind that they watch it. 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 that deal with health:
The Big Blue Housecall - Doc Hog is coming by the Big Blue House to give everyone checkups. Here we see why doctors are good for you and why we shouldn't be scared, and how it's important to see the doctor.
That Healing Feeling - Tutter hurts his tail, and has to visit the doctor now to check it all out to make sure it's okay. It shouldn't be bad to visit the doctor, right?
Picture Of Health - What's important for good health? No junk food, yes... excercise? yes... and also sleep (YAY SLEEP!) that relax and rest our body and get us refreshed.
1.33:1 full screen is here, and I'm sure kids wouldn't really like the black bars if this was widescreen. There are colorful and bright colors in the blue house and the characters themselves are that way too. 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. There's a nice, vibrant 3-D quality to the picture. Still, kids are sure to enjoy these.
The English stereo track is decent and fine for the material - nothing more or nothing less. No distorition or hissing here, this is a fine track. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, you actually kinda feel Bear "sniffing" you when he does. 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 if you need them.
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's also four Sing-Alongs here to enjoy (in case the kids want to sing, you do and/or learn the songs): "Everybody Say Ah," "Hello, Doctor," "Picture Of Health" and "Goodbye Song."
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. This is also good when you want to teacher younger kids about the importance of health. Enjoy!