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
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).