Since she first appeared on the hit kids’ show Blue’s Clues back in 1996, Blue the puppy has been helping little ones laugh, play and solve mysteries. Now, Blue and her buddies are back in Nickelodeon’s update of the classic show, Blue’s Clues & You!, coming to DVD June 2. With the help of her new pal Josh Dela Cruz, with appearances from former Blue’s Clues hosts Steve and Joe, Blue is once again inviting kids to break out their Handy Dandy Notebooks and check their mail.
New host Josh Dela Cruz tells Parentology that the original show had a big presence in his family when he was young.
“In the mornings we would watch Blue’s Clues together,” Dela Cruz says, “and that is when my sister and I first learned about the magic of the show. We would sing the songs together — we would sing ‘Mailtime’ together.”
Josh says that song in particular helped him realize his love for singing and performing. “I thought that [original host] Steve was doing an impression of an opera singer when he went, ‘Maaaiiill!’,” he says, singing the famous final note of the song. “So that’s what I would do. I would continue to pretend to be an opera singer, and that’s what got me into chorus and then, later, into acting.”
To celebrate the Blue’s Clues & You DVD, Blue, Josh, and the gang will be getting together to host virtual playdates and podcasts for kids and parents to enjoy during the quarantine. This bonus material is all a part of Nickelodeon’s #KidsTogether campaign, which aims to provide fun and educational activities for kids and families in quarantine.
“I cannot imagine what it’s like to be a parent right now,” Dela Cruz said, noting the difficulty of working from home and parenting at the same time. “I am so happy that Nickelodeon is [launching] this #KidsTogether initiative and creating different forms of content across many platforms.”
Blue’s Clues & You! virtual play dates will give little ones the opportunity to spend even more time singing, playing, and solving mysteries with Blue and Josh. The 10-minute segments air live and go up on Nick Jr.’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram at 9 am EST every Tuesday this June.
“We were presented with an amazing opportunity to create new content for kids that are at home experiencing this quarantine,” says Dela Cruz. He hopes that the play dates will not only help kids deal with the quarantine, but also “create activities for them for them to do, so that parents can also have a little bit longer of a break in between our shows to either do what they need to, or just take a mental break.”
Nickelodeon will also be rolling out the Blues Clues & You!: Bedtime Stories podcast, featuring Dela Cruz as he reads comforting tales to help kids and parents wind down at night.
“It’s a really cool way to start in a very familiar, exciting place and slowly drift into this really soft, restful, relaxing state,” he says.
For Dela Cruz, this bonus material is a way of thanking parents for all the hard work they are doing as the COVID-19 crisis continues. “I’m so enamored, and I’m so thankful, that parents are stepping up to the plate more than ever in such confusing times,” he says. “They are really the superheroes of the moment — them, and our first responders, and all of the people that are working so that we can stay at home.”
The Blue’s Clues & You DVD premieres on June 2 with four episodes, plus bonus features including “Josh & Blue’s VLOG!,” American sign language words of the week, and more.
Meanwhile, “Tuesday Blue’s Day” will continue through June with airings of the show on Nick Jr. and virtual playdates, while Blue’s Clues & You!: Bedtime Stories will come to listeners in the near future.
Blue’s Clues & You DVD — Sources
Josh Dela Cruz – Interview