It sure seems like there's a new one of these Nick compilations released
every 19 seconds, doesn't it? This time, the release is aimed at the little
ones, as Nickelodeon's toddler division gets some live for Nick Jr. Favorites
4. Episodes from six of the junior network's heavy-hitters are included on
this disc, and yes, Diabolical Dora the Explorer is here, too. Oy. Don't get me
started on f***ing Dora.
• Dora the Explorer
Nobody's favorite pipsqueak wanderer is here to lure your children into
screaming out answers to questions like "Do you see Swiper?" Where is
he?" and "Which road should I take to the Valley of Irritation?"
and "Do you hate me with the fire of a thousand suns?" This go-around,
Dora and Boots team up with Tico, who takes them to Snowy Mountain. Yay.
• The Backyardigans
These wacky little creatures go it where it counts on the other hand. The
Backyardigans are a squad of CGI animals (plus Uniqua, the creature of unknown
descent) who play in the backyard, have imaginary adventures and sing and dance
like there's no tomorrow. Today, they're hunting for buried treasure and doing
it reggae style. Great, as always.
• Blue's Clues
diversion from the typical clue-fetch-quest, this show brings back former host
Steve, who, along with Joe, put on a faux award ceremony, reminiscing about the
past 100 episodes of Blue's adventures.
this show is nightmarish and surreal, but it grows on you. At first I was wowed
by its weirdness, but it gradually won me over. The dude who plays Robbie Rotten
still haunts my dreams, but everything else is good, kinetic, pastel fun. Here,
Robbie dresses up as a night to fool Stingy into thinking he's a prince, and
tricking him into expelling Sportacus from LazyTown. Crazy, sure, but it's
entertaining and crammed with positive messages about healthy eating habits.
• Little Bill
"Racing Time / All Tied
The back ends of these discs are reserved for the simpler
offerings. Little Bill (created by Bill Cosby) is a cute show with
electron-sized plots: watch as Bill streamlines his wake-up routine by
pretending it's a race, followed by the heart-warming episode where he learns to
tie his shoes.
• Max & Ruby
"Max Cleans Up / Max's Cuckoo
Clock / Ruby's Jewelry Box"
If Little Bill's plots are too
complex for you, try Max & Ruby, a show about two rabbit siblings.
Ruby is the older and teaches Max about things like, well, cleaning up, the joys
of cuckoo clocks, and the meaning of privacy (respectively).
I have nothing much else to say. It's another decent cross-section of Nick
Jr. programming, and should deliver the goods for your waddlers. My favorites
are The Backyardigans and LazyTown, and Max & Ruby and
Little Bill are cute, but boring. Dora? She can go straight to hell.