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Bear In The Big Blue House
Tidy 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 Dolby Surround, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions

Released: May 7th, 2002

 

 

"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:

Working Like Bear - Bear preaches to his friend about the importance of work and what it means. Soon, his friends have an understand of what work can be through cleaning the house and playing.

Woodland House Wonderful - This is a pretty interesting episode, and should be fun for the kids, and feels more like a sitcom. After some stork lady (I forgot her name), calls the house and invites Bear to be part of the next issue of Woodland House Wonderful magazine, featuring the Big Blue House. So it's up to Bear and company to clean the house (and make that fun!) so that everything's nice and clean so the photos can be taken.

We Did It Our Way - Through work, cooking and other normal activies, Bear and his friends learn that sometimes teamwork is needed to complete certain objectives the correct and needed way.

 

 

Presented in 1.33:1 full screen here as originally shot, if you care, you'll like the transfers on the episodes. There's a nice three dimensionality to the image which makes it really shine, and I bet kids will be attracted to the colorful and bright colors in the blue house and the characters themselves which are actually really awesome. There's some noise and shimmering throughout, but the transfers are incredibly solid.

 

English Dolby Surround is included on this release, and it's fine for the material. There's not much surrounds or major sounds or anything, but what's here is quite suitable. Dialogue is incredibly clear and crisp, while the background music sounds really nice. Little noises make their own impact too. Overall, everything here blends very nicely and is a solid, straightforward mix. Also included are Spanish subtitles, English subtitles and English closed captions.

 

Four Sing-Alongs are here - "Everybody In The Tub," "Brush Brush Bree," "Clean Up The House" and "Get It Together." So if your kid or you like the songs and want to sing along and learn them, go crazy. There's also some Bonus Trailers for other "Big Bear In The Blue House" episodes, "Dragon Tales," "Kermit's Swamp Tales," "Jay Jay The Jet Plane" and The Trumpet Of The Swan.

 

 

"Bear and The Big Blue House - Tidy Time With Bear" are enjoyable episodes for kids, especially if you want to teach them the importance of work in many different ways. The sound mixes and transfers on the episodes are fine, while the supplements are standard. So if you're a fan or know a fan, you'll like this volume.