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Bubble Guppies – Reviewed

Bubble Guppies TitleI 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.

Bubble Guppies charactersThe 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

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Night & Day Studios Releases Peekaboo Forest

downloadThe fine folks behind some of my favorite apps for Bug such as Peekaboo Barn and My Very First App have just had their latest approved and released to the App Store: Peekaboo Forest.

Explore beautiful forest scenes looking for signs of life. If you see something moving, tap on it to find out who it is!
This fun, interactive, and educational game includes Charley Harper’s distinctive drawing style and was inspired by his love of nature and symmetry. With this universal version, the famous Peekaboo series comes to the iPad too. Play it in English or Spanish!
Touch the vividly illustrated forest scenes to see charming animations, learn the names of animals, and hear the real sounds these creatures make in the wild. Younger children will love playing peekaboo with animals, as they learn about cause and effect and familiarize themselves with the names and sounds of animals. Older children can try to guess the animals by clues, work on spelling, and can start to learn about the seasons and the interconnected web of life that is a living forest. Adults will love the graphic, mid-century-modern illustrations by Charley Harper.
This is not a videogame or a TV show; it’s an interactive storybook with exceptionally fine art. When you could really use a safe distraction—in airports, restaurants, and waiting rooms—or you’d like to try something new with your budding little genius, Peekaboo Forest is a great alternative to other media options. It’s educational, handheld, ad-free, and inexpensive.
Peekaboo Forest was designed with preschool age children in mind by the award-winning team of educational media developers at Night & Day Studios, creators of My Very First App. It is the third entry in the beloved toddler app series that began with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild. The graphics, sound effects, and narration are all presented at the highest quality. The illustrations were rendered for all iOS 4 devices including the iPad and the iPhone 4’s Retina display.


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iTunes & App Store

In one of the most high-profile announcements recently, The Beatles are now available on iTunes, leaving artist like Kid Rock as still some of the few holdouts to not release on iTunes.

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Getting back on the horse

Random fact:  People used to consider me somewhat of an artist.  I was the type of person that when bored would doodle and sketch small things in the corners of notebook pages, or down the margins, or on napkins, or anything I could find when the urge hit me.  Easier simpler times I suppose.  I find myself now, as I get older and farther from those more carefree days, the desire to get back on the horse and start sketching again, and I do find moments where I get to the point of putting pencil to paper, but it rarely goes from there.  I can’t just spit out random images from my brain anymore, not like I used to.  If I accomplish anything artistic now, it has to have a purpose, a drive, a passion behind it.  The simple passion for drawing and seeing my wild imagination interpreted in 2D format has passed, passion has been replaced with purpose.  If a drawing or a sketch doesn’t have a purpose, it doesn’t seem to find realization.  In approximately 3 years, I have completed only two things beyond simple cartoon sketches to entertain my children.  One is the painting of zoo animals in my daughter’s nursery, and the second is a sketch of the same daughter when she first started to raise her head.

Hopefully within the next little bit, I can find some desire to start sketching again.  I have a drawing tablet to use with my computer to try and help merge a former passion with my current one, but already I find myself doing quick doodles, but never fully realizing anything.  It is however one of the few resolutions I made to myself this year, was to start drawing again, finding an outlet to be creative and being able to get away from all the hassles and stress of the everyday life.  So hopefully soon, blog entries will be coming in with sketches looking for opinions and critiquing.  Wish me luck!

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