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Blue's Big Musical Movie

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Blue puts on a musical.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this program is perfectly shaped for kids three and up: challenging, but not too complicated. The video presents many lessons in organization and categorization, and encourages song writing. The musical composition segment teaches tempo and rhythm, and preschoolers learn important lessons about empathy and perseverance.

What's the story?

Like the TV series, BLUE'S BIG MUSICAL MOVIE provides its audience with interactive, stimulating exercises in logic. Steve's careful list-making and clue-recording teach the usual organizational skills, while the Blue's Clues game and the "Putting It Together" song encourage viewers to sort and make connections. But this movie goes even further, with a sophisticated yet accessible exercise in musical composition. Viewers learn the difference between notes, rhythm, and tempo. They also make the connection between the notes on a sheet of music and the keys on a piano. In another segment, Sidetable Drawer struggles with shyness. This plot is enriched by the other story lines as each of the characters faces an obstacle to overcome, and the musical's refrain--"You can be anything that you want to be. Don't give up"--becomes the show's mantra.

Is it any good?

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Blue's Big Musical Movie rises above other Blue's Clues offerings with its discussion of music and character. The musical composition exercise segment is long, but even a two-year-old viewer remained enthralled. As fun as the music segment is--Ray Charles provides the voice of G-Clef--the real appeal of this video is Sidetable Drawer's story, which is heartbreakingly realistic; timid viewers will connect with her and find inspiration in her eventual bravery.

Much soul-searching by the characters dulls the participatory elements of the show-- because of the Sidetable Drawer saga, for example, the audience knows the answer to Blue's Clues from the beginning--but the video is still a powerful, affirming experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the program taught them about music, and find ways to make some of their own music. Families can also talk about what each character learned about themselves. Do you ever feel like any of the characters in the movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 10, 1999
DVD/Streaming release date:October 3, 2000
Cast:Nick Balaban, Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson
Director:Todd Kessler
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written byJessSimons February 19, 2009

Kids can't get enough

I happened to hit this show on my DVR. My kids make me watch it at least once a day, and more often then not we watch it two or three times in a row. My 1.5 yo son sings a long with all the songs. It is a very cute educational movie. I love how they teach you about music, the high and low notes, rhythm, tempo, and soul! That is the best!
Teen, 17 years old Written byXemnasSuperior March 10, 2011

Nothing like Steve

I loved Blues clues as a kid when they had Steve but I don't like it as much with Joe.
What other families should know
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Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2009
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models