Saturday, November 04, 2006

Amazing Steve

My son has never seen the Blue's Clues TV show, but I bought a Blue's Big Musical DVD for him from the Bargain Bin of Wonders here at our local Wal-Mart. I can't decide if that was a mistake or a stroke of genius. We have watched it, oh, about 387 times this week.

I don't know what my son has learned from it, but this is what I've noticed. That Steve guy is really good. I mean he must be a great performer. If you've seen the show, you know what I mean. He's got to be standing in front of a blue screen for the full performance. There is absolutely no other character or prop in the entire program that is not animated, except his notebook, pen and clipboard. Can you imagine trying to look at a camera, and then around at various points on a blue wall, maintaining the appearance of complete sincerity and total absorption in the task at hand? Of course, when the camera goes off, he doesn't have anyone coming up and tugging on his pants leg, or drooling on his socks and trying to eat his notebook. I guess we all have our strengths and our struggles. With God's help, the one will be enough to get us through the other.

Meanwhile, thank goodness for Steve and all those actors who are willing to make a fool of themselves for my toddler. At least they give me time to load up the dishwasher.


Bramblerose said...

If you like Steve you should give Joe a try. He's really good too. He takes Steve's place. I think it was a couple of years ago when this happened. My 2yr. old loves Blues Clues too. We just bought him several tapes off of ebay. They all have Steve in them, I'll be looking for the ones with Joe.

Sara said...

I loved Steve. Joe I avoid. Steve has a "simple" nature about him. Joe is too perky for me.

Newer Steve episodes have sign language (Joe's do to), Victoria picked up a lot of that from the show.