Warner Bros. // 2010 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 8th, 2010
Busting out of The Street. Seeing the world. Nobody brings it like B&E.
Bert and Ernie continue their domination of the preschool market with this Sesame Street spin-off, an achingly sweet, tot-friendly stop-motion adventure show. The premise: apparently bored with the day-to-day goings-on of Sesame Street, our heroes break free of their urban bonds and embark on a series of globe-trotting and time-bending outings, which take them to prehistoric times, the Arctic, an Arabian market, the rainforest, and a wizarding school.
If it sounds exciting, it's because it is! The disc features 13 episodes, with each installment running around five minutes. The show is geared towards little guys, but it's not riddled with educational bits and interactive segments. It's just straight-up entertainment; bite-sized chews of attractive animation, set against imaginative surroundings, starring an iconic pair from the family-centric solar system.
It's also weird. The Harry Potter-inspired wizard show? Definitely out there. But Elmo shows up, so even if Thulsa Doom made an appearance the tikes will still be down with it. 'Tis the power of Elmo.
And then there's my favorite episode, where Bert and Ernie are kung fu experts and repel their foes using sliced up fruit, leading to the greatest line ever uttered by anyone ever:
"Quick, Guardian Bert! Banana Catch Stance!"
As for the animation, the clay animation approach is pure eye candy and may be -- just may be -- the cutest friggin' thing I've ever seen.
The DVD: full frame, 2.0 stereo
Not Guilty. Party on Bert. Party on Ernie.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Wikipedia: Bert and Ernie
* Sesame Street