Greenestuff // 2007 // 57 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 14th, 2007
Do these bedbugs bite?
Who are the Bedbugs? And why do they take their name from malicious little bastards that feast on flesh? We'll seek to answer these and other answers in this review of: My Bedbugs: Volume 1.
Gooby, Toofy, and Woozy comprise the titular trio of Bedbugs. These pajama-clad insects with the mental progression of four-year-olds spend their days dancing around playroom and going on imaginary adventures, while watched over by a talking vacuum cleaner named J. Edgar (think about it). They also sing. Thankfully, they hold instinctual urge to drink human blood in check, and instead of devouring children, seek to entertain them.<
Volume 1 offers three episodes from the My Bedbugs television series:
* "Lost Sock Adventure"
Just as the title of this episode implies, the Bedbugs go on an adventure with a lost sock. The sock in question has lost his partner, and as the Bedbugs seek to reunite him with his counterpart, they discover the clandestine world of talking laundry.
* "The Pirates of the Bugabean"
Following the discovery of a make-believe treasure map, the Bugs hit the pretend high seas for a make-believe treasure hunt. Can they cease their sibling squabbling and band together to unearth the lucre? (You bet they can!)
* "Rainy Day"
It's pouring outside and the Bugs are trapped indoors. With the help of J. Edgar the vacuum cleaner (get it yet?), they use their creative energy to devise games that will stave off insanity.
Apparently My Bedbugs is popular with the kids. I had never heard of it, but my research (I scanned their website) has revealed that the series bagged a load of Emmys and is broadcast throughout the country. The Bedbugs also put on live shows.
While this modest collection should keep your toddler transfixed, nothing really leaps out to distinguish the series from the legion of others like it. It's got jocular creatures frolicking in their imagination and learning valuable life lessons along the way. The bedbug thing is a little creepy, and I suspect the only reason the talking vacuum cleaner is a character is for the bad pun. A few of the voices are as grating as an old screen door in desperate need of a WD-40 bath, but for what it is, My Bedbugs is no more irritating than any others of its ilk. And it's a 1,000 times better than that @#$%&$#@%# Dora.
Beyond the three episodes (which total about 60 minutes), you'll get a sampling of the My Bedbugs live show, some karaoke songs and a slideshow.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 57 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Live Show Footage
* Slide Show
* Official Site