by Ken Sanes
Actors have the job of playing people (or creatures) other than
themselves. The goal is to make their performance as realistic as
possible, so we will respond emotionally as if they are who they pretend
to be, and be drawn into the story.
The program is Blue's Clues. It was created between 1996 and
2006 and, according to Wikipedia, it still airs on the family of
channels connected to Nickelodeon. The program helps teach young
children about reasoning and figuring things out by giving them clues
they can use to come up with answers to questions about what the dog
Blue wants to do that day.
One of the things that is particularly interesting about Blue's Clues is the way Steve Burns, the original actor hosting the show, rose to the occasion, engaging in large, exaggerated, and whimsical movements, so he would seem like a human cartoon or a storybook figure come to life. Of course, his large features, which he exploited through exaggerated expressions, helped as well.
Blue's Clues is an example of the way art and
technology have come together to create new kinds of fiction, in this
case, for very young children.
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