Thursday, April 12, 2007

Oswald The Octopus

I can't believe that I have yet to mention our fondness for Oswald the Octopus!

Before C6 was born, I was looking for wallpaper to decorate his room. I came across some adorable paper with a cartoon octopus sporting a derby hat, and his weiner dog, who looks like a hotdog in a bun. I fell in LOVE! I found out that this was Oswald the Octopus, and he had his very own show on the Noggin channel.

I tuned in to check out "Oswald" to see if I liked it. It is such a cute show - very gentle. Not hyper or in-your-face like some of the sheissen on kids tv. I loved it! (...and so I ordered the wallpaper!) Visually, the show is beeeyooootiful - really simple yet cool art and a soft, retro feel to the pallette. I was also drawn in by the music - the instrumentals with horns, piano, upright bass, flute. Some of the tunes are sung by Oswald, who is voiced by Fred Savage - The Wonder Years kid. Oswald's pal Henry (a penguin) is the voice of David Lander, who was Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley! And Tony Orlando, as Sammy Starfish, really swings. All of Oswald's friends, and the buildings and vehicles in Big City, are just so cool. It is just a really, really sweet little cartoon.

Soon after C6 came along, I purchased the CD Pop Goes The Octopus, and it has been a steady favorite. Certain tunes on the CD make me particularly nostalgic, remembering listening to Oswald with a snoozing 2 month old C6 held to my chest. Boy do we love this CD!

1 comment:

LEstes65 said...

Like I already said, I adore Oswald. We found it during Liam's toddlerhood. I loved it due to the voices of the kid from the Wonder Years, Lorraine Newman, and Squiggy, to name a few.

I also loved that it was TOTALLY safe. There was never anything that upset my overly sensative boy. Unlike other seemingly harmless shows that sent him reeling with deep fears. I kid you not.

And the music by Evan Lurie - he's a genius. Who else would use the instrumentation he uses. Clarinets and tubas? Seriously - that's genius.