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GERALD McBOING BOING ON DVD

I've grown up with cartoons and don't have as much of a problem with kids watching TV as some parents to, but I'm convinced the only reason to let your kids watch something like the 2 new Gerald McBoing Boing DVDs is to occupy their time.  My son watched it with me to keep my parental bias in check and I watched his reactions throughout.  He didn't crack a smile or laugh the entire time, and his critical assessment amounted to "It was OK I guess."

The DVD cover says it's suggested for kids aged 2 up, so perhaps my 7 year old is already too old to appreciate it.  My honestly, do 2 year olds really even need to be watching television?  These DVDs feature a character created by Dr. Seuss that can't speak words but has to communicate with sound effects.  Sort of a Michael Winslow for the toddler set. Of course, this "gift" more or less amounts to making conversations with his parents a frustrating game of "Guess What Gerald Is Trying To Tell Us." 

There's really no life lessons in these DVDs except if you can make an elephant sound, you might be able to scare a pirate away.  If your kids actually need special lessons on what the calls of a dog or cat sound like, maybe you should just pick up the time tested Farmer Says toy.

Gerald McBoingBoing is beautifully animated and has a swanky retro color scheme that makes me feel bad to criticize the thing, but it's ultimately just an empty romp to hypnotize kids for a bit so that parents won't have to actually spend time with them.  It's certainly not a good enough show that you'll want to watch it, too.

The biggest disappointment is that all over the packaging Cartoon Network brags about how the series is based on an Oscar winning short from Dr. Seuss back in 1951, but they didn't include the original that inspired it all for you to see!

Taking a cue from Gerald, I would like to use a sound effect to sum up my opinion of this film (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN).

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com

 

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