‘Blue’s Big City Adventure’: ‘Blue’s Clues’ Goes Big in Musical Blend of Nostalgia

‘Blue’s Big City Adventure’: ‘Blue’s Clues’ Goes Big in Musical Blend of Nostalgia

It’s been 26 years since Blue’s Clues aired its first episode, again in 1996, taking us on a journey to a magical land of thriller and enjoyable. By breaking the fourth wall and alluring youngsters to turn into a part of the present, Blue’s Clues turned a genuinely interactive media expertise lengthy earlier than mother and father started to maintain their youngsters busy with telephones and different related gadgets. That may clarify the franchise’s ongoing enchantment, as older generations attempt to share with the youthful viewers the enjoyment of searching for clues and fixing new mini-puzzles each week. Nonetheless, regardless of the franchise’s success, Blue hasn’t jumped from TV to movie. That adjustments this 12 months, as Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey turns into the franchise’s first function movie.

Following the 2019’s reboot sequence continuity, Blue’s Clues & You, Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey brings Blue (voiced by Traci Paige Johnson) and host Josh (Josh Dela Cruz) to New York Metropolis after Josh will get invited to audition for an enormous Broadway spectacle. Town is not like their animated actuality, although, which will get Josh and Blue misplaced shortly after arriving in New York. So, to seek out the audition deal with in time, they start a brand new sport of Blue’s Clues, asking the preschoolers’ viewers to search for canine paws marking vital locations and piecing collectively what every new clue would possibly imply.

Whereas the function doesn’t deviate from the sequence’ ordinary format, bringing the franchise to New York Metropolis opens a brand new world of potentialities. Often, the sequence takes place in an animated atmosphere the place solely the host is made from flesh and bone. Nonetheless, in Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey, the animated solid invades actuality, spreading their pleasure all through NYC. This variation makes it attainable to drastically develop the variety of human characters, which results in impressed musical numbers, put collectively beneath the gaze of director Matt Stawski.

Whereas Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey is the primary function movie in Stawski’s profession, the filmmaker has years of expertise directing Grammy-awarded music movies, which proves important for the films’ success. As anticipated, Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey has a simple story that even the youngest relations can comply with. Sadly, meaning there’s a whole lot of runtime to fill with a view to push the film to a feature-length. So as an alternative of turning across the identical plot factors, Stawski makes use of the chance to construct a vibrant model of New York Metropolis the place any object can flip right into a musical instrument, and each passerby is able to be a part of complicated dance numbers.

With 4 large musical numbers unfold over the film and several other smaller ones, Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey seems like a group of music movies that includes among the franchise’s most beloved characters. Utilizing inventive transitions, thrilling performances from visitor artists, and fascinating choreography, Stawski turns Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey into an homage to road artwork in New York, presenting a hopeful and pleasant model of the Huge Apple that each adults and kids can get pleasure from. Sure, there’s sufficient repetition within the songs to verify preschoolers get the message that following your goals is an exquisite journey. Even so, for the reason that New York Metropolis background permits the usage of complete groups of dancers, Stawski remodeled every presentation right into a music video that stands by itself. In consequence, the expertise is nice even for adults who’ve already realized that needs don’t at all times come true.

Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey additionally balances the novelty of the New York Metropolis situation with the nostalgia of older generations. That’s as a result of all three sequence hosts are a part of the film. Steve (Steve Burns), the primary host, is now a non-public investigator who will get enlisted to seek out Blue and Josh in New York Metropolis. And to make sure he’ll get all of the professional assist he can, Steve reaches out to Joe (Donovan Patton), the second host, who now works at a sweet and toy retailer.

Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey will not be the primary time the three hosts have proven up collectively, as Steve and Joe had been additionally half of some Blue’s Clues & You episodes. However let’s be trustworthy, as a lot as we’d have loved the unique sequence, time is just too quick, and life strikes too quick for us to comply with a preschooler sequence these days. The film, then, serves as the right excuse for adults to hitch the youngsters in a celebration of happiness and variety, smiling as they see a few of their childhood heroes get new roles within the Blue’s Clues universe.

Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey doesn’t revolutionize the Blue’s Clues franchise, as an alternative sticking to the TV present’s basic beats. The film additionally revolves across the commonplace message that everybody can see their goals come true ought to they maintain believing and making an attempt. Even so, Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey does greater than lengthen an episode of the sequence to function size by permitting director Stawski to discover his music video background. In consequence, Blue’s Huge Metropolis Journey is a film aimed toward preschoolers that’s additionally gratifying for adults, with thrilling musical numbers that assist break the easy story and discover the road artwork historical past of New York Metropolis. Add to that nods to the franchise’s previous and the return of the unique hosts, and also you get a film you received’t thoughts your youngsters watching over and over.

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