Hello, ladies and clues, boys and clues. This is Ruben Falcon and-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHA! I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW I CAN'T STAND-- Sorry! Sorry! I--I just--Ok, here's the deal. I know that my 2nd part of my Top 5 Nick Jr. Shows list, but I just came upon some Earth Shattering news that not only made my day, but quite possibly my year.
Nickelodeon just did an announcement for a reboot of Blue's Clues! And I know for a fact that that news has probably sent 1 out of 3 reactions into you guys. Either you're excited, nervous or some sort of mix of the 2. But you can pencil me down for the former. I am stoked to hear these news. Which should come to no surprise. And not just because Blue's Clues is my favorite TV show, not just on Nick Jr. but in general, but also because I'm one of the few people left on this planet that doesn't get their ass into 3 knots whenever a TV show gets rebooted or changed in general. I've been right before with how some reboots are good, like with the Magic School Bus Rides Again and I've been wrong and discovered how some reboots are flat out bad, like with Cloudy And A Chance Of Meatballs. But whether a reboot is good or bad isn't a coin flip, people. It's mostly a result of how much the creators of the reboot understand the source material. So, even with what little info we have, let's take a look at my first impressions of the Blue's Clues reboot.
Starting with the new look for Blue.
Now, like I said in my review of Blue's Clues: the show's animation had a unique style of having all of the animated characters and backgrounds look as if they were made up of arts and craft materials. Blue herself was made of a paper puppet, not unlike the characters of South Park when they started out. However, the article that I found regarding this new look, Blue looks less like a paper puppet and more like...well, like this:
She's so precious.
I like about this look is that it feels like a mix between how Blue looked like on the orignal show and how she looked in the Blue's Room spin off series. I've gone over the spin off before, but for those who need a refresher: Blue's Room starts off with Blue discovering that she is part of some sort of prophecy involving fairies from the moon, golden keys, and a live action magical playroom where she is given the ability to talk. Yeah, I hated this spin off with ever fiber of my diet. Mainly because it pretty much mangled the show. The pacing was thrown out the window with almost every episode of Blue's Clues having to have a segment in Blue's Room, the overall prophecy has more and more holes the more you examine it and it pretty much threw out the main concept of learning through games that Blue's Clues always had and instead had the viewer play the exact same games over and over and over again.
Grant it, the live action puppets looked kinda cool. But if I've told you once, I've told you a kabillion times: if the only positive thing I can say about a show is "it looks nice", you've already lost.
However, I bring Blue's Room up because, like I said before: this new look for Blue looks like they mixed her 2D look and her 3D look. She's standing on all 4's, has that cute widdle mouth and the same body shape and head like the orignal 2D look. But everything about her is furrier and detailed and looks more realistic, just like in the live action 3D look.
And it turns out this CGI look is just the beginning. Turns out, all of the animation is going to in CGI. Now, some of you are probably wondering "what the hell does the Blue's Clues creators know about CGI animation?".
The answer: a lot more than you think.
When Blue's Clues was over, many of the show's creators went out to work on other projects. First off was Super Why: a PBS kids show about fairy tale superheroes. I've never really gone into detail about this show, so here's my opinions in 4 short works: "Yeah, I hated it." And I hated it for the same reasons why I hated Blue's Room: every episode was the same, all of the interactive games were the same and it felt like the crew was trying to copy the Blue's Clues formula--with replacing clues with letters--without fully understanding what made the show fun to begin with.
Then Nickelodeon had Team Umizoomi: a show about really tiny superheroes that had math themed superpowers. And I loved this show. Mainly because it felt like Blue's Clues but with more of a plot. Every episodes would have the heroes running off to save someone or chase after a villain. And whenever the team came up to an obstacle, it would be a chance for them to use their math powers to solve it. Team Umizoomi was also a show that mixed live action characters in an animated world, just like Blue's Clues did, making the people that the team helped on a regular basis all be live action people. However, unlike Blue's Clues, Umizoomi also mixed 2D animation with CGI animation. Causing the 2 to mix in the world. And it was a great mix of styles, in my opinion.
Lastly is Blaze And The Monster Machine: a series that focuses on talking monster trucks and science topics. Now, this series is 100% animated--no live action people--and is completely CGI. This show started out proving that these animators can do great CGI. Especially when comes to designing new cheating gadgets for the villain, new vehicle transformations for the hero and not to mention truck based animals all over the world. This show is visually amazing in CGI. But it got even better during its current season. It's cleaner, it's sleeker, it's more detailed in certain areas like hair and lighting.
Just like what I said when Disney made that shitty Micky Mouse Clubhouse show and then made Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
So, yeah, based upon most of the shows Blue's Clues' team made after the show's orignal cancellation, I can say that this show is going to look fine. Not just from this picture alone. Although, I do love this new look for her. It reminds me a lot of this stuffed Blue doll I had ever since I was a kid. She also looks like she could pass as a Paw Patrol Pup now. But in all seriousness, similar to my MSB Reboot review, I can't help but look at this as an attempt to not only emulate the original's style but also give it a more modern and unique look. And at that aspect, I say "Well done" with a gold star for animation.
But you know me and my stance with reboots, and visual medias in general, is that they can't stand on animation alone. So, let's take a look at what the show is gonna be about.
According to the article I've read on Nickandmore.com, the new series is...well, it's pretty much going to be what the orignal series was. The viewers pay a visit to Blue's house and play games while being accompanied by a live action host. And that the games will feature things like how to deal with emotions, basic math, geography, science and other topics that were featured on the show. This is pretty much what the original was. So, in that aspect, there really isn't that much to say. However, you guys may remember that I mentioned the words "live action host", probably making you all guess if Steve is going to return. Let me answer that question with the following statements:
Auditions for the new host start later this month.
Now, I know for a fact that made a lot of you groan. Because it's going to be the same thing that happened with Steve going to college and leaving Joe behind. To which I say "grow up". Of course Steve isn't going to be the host for this reboot. Why the hell would he? The whole reason Joe existed in the first place is because Steve Burns: the actor who played Steve, wanted to pursue another career. That, and the whole balding thing, but I digress.
So, yeah, new auditions for a new Blue's Clues host have already started. And when I mentioned this news to one of the few dozen friends I talked about this, tonight alone, one said "Oh, you should audition for the show! ". No idea whether or not she was joking, but my god, that would be a dream come true.
However, I doubt me actually being on the show would stop the inevitable idiots who always cry during reboots nowadays. Saying about how the show is bad or different, not because of any actual qualifications, but because of bullshit standards they have. "It looks different!", "The voices are dumb!" "#mychildhooddied!" and other bullshit from such waffling idiots who think that a reboot is only going to be good if it looks, sounds and feels exactly like the show they watched decades ago when they were kids. Which, unless Nickelodeon has a, freaking, Tardis at their disposal, is flat out impossible.
I said this before during my MSB Reboot coverage and I'll say it again here: if that is your main priority of what makes a reboot good or bad, as appose to what actually makes a reboot good or bad, then you're the one who's disrespecting the creators. Not the rebooters.
In fact, I can't help but notice that I'm saying a lot of things here that I have said during my coverage of the MSB reboot.
- I'm excited because this is a reboot of a show I practically grew up on
- The animation looks like the old style mixed with a new look
- The idea of replacing the main character with a new one does not bother me
- All of the people who whine about how the reboot is terrible, ironically, don't fully understand what made the orignal good in the first place.
And before I finish this journal post, let me answer one burning question. I know a lot of you were probably expecting me to hate this news. Not because of the show's animation, or the announcement of a new host, or even because it's an overall reboot. But because the very first project I've tried to do here on Deviantart.com was a Blue's Clues reboot of my own. And to answer that burning question, here's a quote from my personal favorite internet critic.
"That ship has sailed, realized it's forgot its keys, come back, then sailed again." - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, December 2014.
I've tried my best to make a reboot out of Blue's Clues for the first few years I've been here on DA.com. And part of the reason why I stopped is kinda hard to explain.
Try to follow me on this: have you ever seen that episode of iCarly where the web show gets turned into an actual TV show? And the show producers ended up making more and more changes to the web show and then the episode ends--spoiler alert for those who care--with the TV producers dropping iCarly all together and just uses the changes to make their own show? I speak no hyperbole when I say that's pretty much what happened with me. I tried to make a Blue's Clues detective series with the gang using secret spy gadgets as they found the clues to solve actual mysteries. Then I kept adding my own characters, my own villains, my own stories and before I had known it, I had dropped the whole Blue's Clues aspect all together and just decided to make my own original series on my own.
Yeah, the moment I replaced Ruben's sidekick of "Little Blue" to "Madame Rosewood", that was the moment any Blue's Clues aspect of my show died.
And, no, I don't need a pat on the back when it comes to the news of a Blue's Clues reboot. Like I've said, I'm really excited to see the reboot when it comes out. In fact, part of the reason why I stopped doing the Blue's Clues reboot is because I didn't really trust myself to make the reboot as good as the orignal. Mainly because unlike most fanbases (Looking at you, Bronies. ) I don't think that my opinion on the show is more important that, say, the creators'. Or even the main demographic of the show, of which I could flat out not be in. And no, me being Blue's Clues #1 Fan doesn't make me an expert on the show. There were moments where I looked at a lot of the stories I made for the series and it was either too dark, too stupid or too full-of-plot-holes to make the final cut.
So, yeah, I trust Nickelodeon to make a better reboot of Blue's Clues much more than I ever could. Grant it, they're not using the actual mystery solving theme, but that's only because that idea is a more common than you think, but I digress.
So, yeah, again, Blue's Clues is going to be rebooted later this year. And I am really excited. Grant it, like I said, I'm not 100% sure on whether or not this is going to be good or bad. I may feel the same way here as I did with the Magic School Bus reboot, but that doesn't mean that this can't end with me being flat out disappointed with a bad final product.
And to end this with another Yahtzee quote: if that does happen, then I will remove three of my own vertebrae, curl my spine back, and eat my own arse.