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A show that goes ''Upside Down''? Whoa...

A wacky new show that goes ”Upside Down” is good for the little ones, says Eileen Clarke, but a ”Bucket Full of Dinosaurs” DVD maybe a little less so

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The Upside Down Show
Upside Down Show: Simon Cardwell

A show that goes ”Upside Down”? Whoa…


The Upside Down Show
Noggin, debuts Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. EST
Tired of all that ”educational” stuff on TV for kids? Here’s a show that will let them wallow in the wacky, surf in complete silliness, and bandy in the bizarre. This is the world inhabited by David Collins and Shane Dundas, a comedy duo known to many as The Umbilical Brothers. The two invite preschoolers to operate an imaginary remote control — one that employs a lot more, and more bizarre, buttons than Mom or Dad’s — and join in on the physical comedy and pantomime as the Aussie duo wash their pet elephant, finger-paint with music-themed action fingers, speak ”shmuzzish” (the language of the dust balls that inhabit their pad), lip synch opera, stick to the wall of the sticky room, and…well, you get the idea. Pretty much anything goes. Perhaps as adults we are too busy living in the world of logic and order to fully appreciate Upside Down; I’m still trying to make sense of it, and I think it’s probably better not to. B
Recommended ages: 2 to 5


Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, Volume 1
(55 mins., 2006)
Kids never seem to tire of anything dinosaur related, and it can seem like the long-extinct wonders are constantly on their radar. (On our last trip to the zoo, my daughter asked when we were going to see the dinosaurs.) So if your little one is constantly talking triceratops, consider Harry, a little boy whose imagination makes his dinosaurs come to life, escorting him on trips to Dino World. While the animated Harry’s voice can wander to Caillou-esqe whiny proportions, he can admirably talk down the monster in his dreams (dressing him in polka dots and stripes) — though I must say a real mom would never look at a scary drawing, as Harry’s did, and proclaim, ”I hope you don’t have nightmares.” That’s akin to waltzing kids down the candy aisle in the supermarket saying, ”You really don’t want anything with sugar in it, do you?” This Cartoon Network series can satiate the dino craving, but just one more quibble: Instead of feeding the characters with dopey one-liners (he’s ”quieter than a lobster in a library”) why not work in some science-based dino facts (like which ones only eat plants) instead? B-
Recommended ages: 3 to 6