Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bear in the Big Blue House - Potty Time With Bear (1999)

Synopsis: It’s 25 minutes of Muppet animals singing about taking a crap.  [Sorry – I didn’t have time to watch a full-length movie yesterday, and this video is so bizarre/surreal I figure it sort-of fits the scary movie genre]

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “When You’ve Got To Go! It’s potty time at the Big Blue House as Bear’s friends discover that going to the bathroom by yourself is part of the adventure of growing up!”

What Did I Learn?:  It’s tough for a baby lemur to climb a tree while wearing a diaper.

Really?: 1) A hole in the wall opens directly into the mouse’s bathroom. Wouldn’t he want a bit of privacy? 2) Near the end, the video shows a silhouette performance featuring a “potty train”, and stick figure caricatures of afro-ed, 1970s black hipsters, Inuit, and slanted-eyed(!) Chinese in stereotypical Asian garb. Wow...couldn’t the writers have come up with a better way to make their point that everyone uses the bathroom?

Rating: I know absolutely nothing about parenting, but I have to wonder just how useful is a potty training video for very young children? Moms and Dads have been teaching kids not to soil themselves since the beginning of time, and this video seems like a creepy attempt to cash in on gullible parents. 1/10 stars.

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