Monday, November 28, 2022

Blue's Big City Adventure (2022)

Streaming Service: Paramount+
Movie Name/Year: Blue’s Big City Adventure (2022)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Family
Length: 1h 22min
Rating: TV-Y
Production/Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, 9 Story Media Group, Nickelodeon Network, Paramount+
Director: Matt Stawski
Writers: Liz Maccie, Angela Santomero
Actors: BD Wong, Alex Winter, Steve Burns, Ali Stroker, Steven Pasquale, Joshua Dela Cruz, Donovan Patton, Taboo, Jacob Soley, Ava Augustin, Amanda Dela Cruz, Brianna Bryan, Traci Paige Johnson
IMDb Blurb: Josh and Blue head to New York City to audition for a big Broadway musical.

Cat’s Point of View:
If I had to sum up my experience with Blue’s Big City Adventure, I’d call it an adorable big-screen-worthy addition to the wholesome franchise. This is the sort of movie you can watch with very little kids and feel 100% confident that they’re not going to be watching anything questionable at all. The bonus is that there was enough going on that adults shouldn’t be too bored watching along, too!
Admittedly, I’m far outside of the demographic Blue’s Clues (1996-2020) is geared towards. My daughter has even outgrown the inquisitive blue pup and her sidekicks. All the same, I wasn’t bored to tears watching Blue’s Big City Adventure.

This full-length movie felt like an extended special feature for the Blue’s Clues show that condensed a small Broadway production into a format palatable for the very young. The singing and dancing were spot on and highly entertaining, even though they were working through problem-solving and hunting those iconic blue paw print clues.
Blue’s Big City Adventure even presents methods of combating performance anxiety through de-stressing techniques and preparing for the task at hand adequately. In this case, vocal warm-up exercises were an apt preparation. There’s also a lot to be said for the teamwork lessons here, too. I don’t want to give it all away, but I was pleased with the ‘lessons’ couched in fun, song, and dance.

Of course, there’s also the matter of a Blue’s Clues host reunion of sorts taking place on screen. Steve Burns (Netherbeast Incorporated, Christmas on Mars, Blue's Clues & You) and Donovan Patton (Team Umizoomi, Super PupZ, Gabby's Dollhouse) join forces to help current host Joshua Dela Cruz (Point Man, Adam Bloom, The Tiny Chef Show) and Blue find their way through New York City in hopes of making it in time for Josh’s Broadway audition.
I was even giggling over the cameo appearances.

The Holiday Season tends to be rather hectic and kids tend to have large chunks of time away from school during this time period. Blue’s Big City Adventure was well timed in its release to Paramount+ so that it presents a constructive option to offer kids while adults are busy with holiday preparation and chores. I’ll say, though, that it would work wonderfully as a family experience together as well. An added bonus is that Blue’s Big City Adventure is streaming on Paramount+ so it doesn’t require all of the hassle and wrangling to get little ones to a theater.
Either way, I’m thrilled that this adorable little blue pup can frolic through our homes this year, and absolutely would recommend anyone with young kids to check it out. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 95%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score6.4/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4.5/5

P.S. - There is a mid-credits scene, as well as a small song and dance number immediately afterward. 
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