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Running Time: 75 minutes
Retail Price: $19.95
Features: Sing-Along Songs, Bonus Trailers
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Surround, Spanish Stereo, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions
Released: August 20th, 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 that deal with, you guessed it, dancing!:
Music To My Ears: Yes, the power of everyone in the house comes together again as everyone uses their voices and instruments to bring Ojo's orchestra to life.
Dance Fever: Teelo is caught with the deadly virus "Dance Fever" and only has 24 hours to live... err, is really in the mood and happy to dance, and soon everyone catches Teelo's obsession and learn to love dancing.
I For-Got Rhythm!?: Dear Lord! Bear has lost his cha-cha-cha! How could he? What a tragedy! It's depressing, but all his friends help him try to get his own special rhythm back.
It's presented in 1.33:1 full screen here as originally shot, so no widescreen here you DVD enthusiasts. Will the kids care though? Probably not. Like past installments, the episode transfers really do give off a slick, three-dimensional look.. The series itself is quite colorful, and you can see the details on the puppets, the colors of the rooms in the house and more. These episodes feature a good deal of noise and shimmering, moreso than other DVDs from the series. Still, it's pretty vibrant and overall nice.
For the first time on a "Bear In The Big Blue House" DVD release, there is a Spanish track. So you Spanish speakers can listen to bear and all his friends in that language. Your standard English track is here too, which also works quite nicely. Rhe dialogue can easily be heard and has a very clear quality to it, while the background music sounds pretty superb in addition to the nice little sound effects. It all comes together very nicely, so no problems here. Also included are English subtitles and English closed captions.
Four Sing-Alongs are here - "Everywhere There's Music," "Let the Rhythm Take You," "You've got the Rhythm" and "Take It Lower." 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 - Dancy Party!" are good programs to show your children and whatnot if they like the "Bear In The Big Blue House" series, and want to teach them about the power of song and dance in our lives. This release is on par with the rest of them, so if you got kids who like the show... enjoy.