I never considered that I would ever write an actual review of a television show, or even post about one (if you ignore my occasional Doctor Who or the rare Smallville posts). However, Bug’s latest favorite I feel really deserves the attention, because even for me, it’s an entertaining 30 minutes, so much so that we’re wearing out the DVR lately with watching them over and over again! In the days where cartoons like Dora, Diego and Kai Lan have basically copied the same formula that proved successful for shows like Blue’s Clues, where the characters on the show “interact” with the viewers, occasionally sing some rather forgettable songs, and ask questions with a noticeable, sometimes creepy pause giving the viewer time to “answer”, there is finally a fresh face in the field, that gives a new feel to the educational cartoon aimed at preschoolers and younger.
Nickelodeon (Nick Jr) has managed to catch lightning in a bottle once again with their latest series, Bubble Guppies. Just like their normal fair, Bubble Guppies come in half-hour episodes, but offers a fun, energetic half-hour that teaches kids about specific real-world topics such as colors, visiting a doctor, and the workings of a restaurant; while incorporating upbeat and catchy songs, humor, and really a sense of energy with the characters upbeat personalities.
The series offers a sharp, fresh look with its CG-animation and character designs. Each character’s design is simple, but distinct, making it easy for a child to have his or her favorite character. The wonderful cast of characters includes Bubble Guppies Gil, Molly, Nonny (my favorite), Deema, Oona, and Goby, you have Bubby Puppy, and their teacher Mr. Grouper, along with many additional characters that fill out their underwater world.
Some of the things I really enjoy is that with each episodes specific subject, you get to see some different approaches or views from the different characters, along with upbeat, catchy songs specific for that episode, and that really aren’t a drain to listen too. Along with that, there are a few reoccurring songs for each episode, but even those are fairly quick and are still upbeat and catchy. I’ve found myself singing these, or version of these songs to Bug for different reasons, even just to see her dance around. This show has easily become something the two of us can have fun with; in fact I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Bug fall in love with a show quicker. Plus I had my son this weekend and introduced him to the show while getting him to sit with his little sister, and after just one episode, he was already going around singing the theme song.
Bubble Guppies is definitely a great new show, and it’s one of those that you can sit and watch with your preschooler (or younger). There are plenty of topics; real world topics, something I like, and fortunately (extremely fortunate if you ask me) the songs are catchy and upbeat, not even the theme song has started to wear on me yet (I’ll admit I’m humming it while writing this sentence even) and I’ve already lost count of how many times we’ve listened to it already. And yes, we have to listen to it ever time! The only downfall I can give the show right now is that there have only been 8 episodes to this point. Hopefully new ones will be coming sooner rather than later. Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, and want to check it out, I looked and they’re available on iTunes too! Trust me, it worth checking out if you have a small one running around.
Oh and by the way; Bubble Guppies airs weekdays at 11am (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon