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The Upside Down Show

The Upside Down Show

Spring 2007 Television
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Network: NOGGIN
Review:
If Seinfeld is a show about nothing for grown-ups, then one could argue that The Upside Down Show is much ado about nothing for preschoolers. Only this nothing is a whole lot of something—fun. A whimsical, visually inspired show from Sesame Street Workshop and the Australian comedy team The Umbilical Brothers, the show delivers simple educational concepts with a fresh new approach. The “brothers,” Shane Dundas and David Collins, use a variety of funny faces, silly dances and inspired sound effects as they embrace new adventures in each half-hour episode. With the help of their puppet friend Puppet and their invisible pet fly Fido, the brothers embrace new challenges with awe and wonder, but most often confusion. Many of the planned adventures are new to the brothers, so it takes a lot of exploring through a number of crazy doors and rooms in their colorful apartment until they reach their intended destination. It isn’t unusual for the brothers to take a wrong turn and end up in the very hairy room instead of the picnic room or the finger painting room instead of a museum. Audience participation is heavily encouraged as each show begins with the brothers handing viewers an imaginary remote to help control the action by making things bigger, smaller, faster or even upside down! The camera work for the show, especially a particular finger-painting sequence, is inspired, as is the play-by-play commentary that accompanies the slo-mo replays. Shane and David are remarkably limber and one has to marvel at their physical comedy skills. At the very least, the happy fly ditty dance should bring a smile to your face.
Laura Fries   ©2007 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.


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