Folks, this is Ruben Falcon. And today is October 9th 2015. Ten years ago today, a very important children’s television show premiered. And watching it change my life forever and practically turned me into the man-child that stands before you.
“Uh, Ruben, check your calendar: Blue’s Clues’ 10th anniversary was August 6, 2006. Which, ironically, was about 10 years ago.”
I didn’t mean Blue’s Clues. I could have been turned into the man-child that stands before you by more than one TV show, you know.
Yes, it’s time once again for me to pour down the popcorn, pop the soda pops and do another one of Ruben’s Reviews. One that I’d like to dedicate to my very good friend,
. He went down I nhistory for making a fan fiction spin off series of the Little Einsteins on TV.com. It introduced his OC, David; a spy boy who started out being a villain and wanted to get revenge on June; one of the Little Einsteins. But over the first few stories, he went to their side and soon because June's love interest, new member of the team and even became the new leader. GK was the very first internet friend I ever made and there is a 89% chance we would never even see each other if it wasn't for this show. So, I'd like to dedicate this review to him.
I love you, GK. Keep it real.
Now, enough lovey-dovey speak: onto the actual review.
The Little Einsteins is a show that plays on Disney Jr. And is so old, it started and ended way back when the channel was still called "Playhouse Disney".
The show centers around 4 children: a boy named Leo, his younger sister Annie, and his friends, Quincy and June. There is a 5th member of the team: a red sentient spaceship by the name of Rocket. He takes the kids all around the world to see its many wonders, as they search for treasure, solve mysteries, stop bad guys and complete daily missions. One thing that really sticks out about the show is that it centers around both music and art. Each episode would have at least one type of artwork to use in the show: mostly paintings as backgrounds. Which were incredibly detailed! It looked as if they, pardon my reference, Blue skidooed right into the damn thing!
Every episode also including a verse of classical music to make into a song or to just play in the background of the episode. In fact, the show is heavily music theme, more so than art. Each of the characters I mentioned (excluding Rocket, for the most part) has a music based ability.
Quincy has the ability to play literally any musical instrument. Which allows him to do things like unlock gates that require certain music to play, identify instruments that mark the way the team and even speak to animals that sound like certain instruments. And since literally everyone besides these kids sounds like an instrument, that comes in handy.
Secondly, we had June; the master of the dance. Her ballet know-how allowed her to know how to get over obstacles like dropping traps, avoiding giant rolling snowballs and, I cannot make this up, fix some of Rocket's damages during a space adventure in the first episode. This girl makes ballet look awesome.
Next up, we have Annie: who has the ability of singing. This allows her to do things like sing lullabies to lull monsters to sleep or unlock certain locks. Sounds silly, but then again: so did a lot of things on this show.
And last but not least there's Leo, who is a conductor. And honestly, when I first saw all of the other kids' powers and then saw Leo as a conductor, I thought they were somewhere between running out of ideas and really milking it. And I was about 10 back then, which is even surprising for me.
One weird form of logic in this world is that, not only does everything play music, but the louder the thing's music gets, the bigger they grow. And the softer it plays, the smaller. So Leo uses that power to control the size of anything in their way. Also, he can decode musical notes, that one time.
Which is kinda cool.
Last of course is Rocket. Buuuut, I already said
everything I could say about Rocket.
I cannot stress it enough when I say that I, freaking, loved this show growing up!
See, each show that I grew up watching was the source of whatever large subject of knowledge I now own. Blue's Clues taught me how to solve problems, amongst other types of educational goodies. The Magic School Bus taught me a lot about science. This show: taught me everything I know about classical music, artwork and all the wonders of the world.
Ever since I was a kid, I've loved the idea of travelling the world and seeing the sights. It's part of what made Ruben the character he is now. And when it came to learning about the world, no show was better than the Little Einsteins. Ok, grant it, there was the Wonder Pets, but I liked this show a little better in that regard.
Each episode features around a certain place in the world, its monuments and its culture. I also grew such a love for classical music that while my classmates were listening to Lady Gaga, I listen to Beethoven. I've learned more from this show than I did from school.
Which is sad.
I honestly can't think of anything wrong when it came to this show. Not because I'm biased or anything, I could think of at least 10 things wrong with Blue's Clues. It's because the show was just simple. Any flaw I could think of is the fact that the interactive games can drag on a bit too long or that the characters "acting" can seem a bit...weird.
But that's the problem with a lot of kids shows.
Or at least when you'e 20 and you're watching kids shows.
So, if you have a kid, they're gonna love watching the Little Einsteins. It may of been cancelled for about 6 years, but they still play it on Disney Jr.
So, this is Ruben Falcon, signing off saying "Mission Completion".