Sunday, May 15, 2005

Classical Baby

Giacomo Puccini - "O Mio Babbino Caro"

Who knew that the most interesting show I'd see on television this month would be on HBO Family and aimed at infants? Certainly not me. At any rate, browsing channels today I happened upon a hidden gem: Classical Baby.

Mix the essential classical music (Tchaikovsky, Satie, Schumann, Strauss, Puccini and Debussy, among others) with imaginative choreography, famous artwork (Miro, Monet, da Vinci) and enchanting animation and this is what you get.

If you can get past the fact that the show is aimed at the under 3 set, you might really enjoy it. Critics seem to be uniformly caught up on the fact that the producers are encouraging television watching among infants, but frankly I think the show should be marketed at adults. The average American could stand to have an increased appreciation of art and classical music.

Watch it on Tuesday at 4:15 pm on HBO Family.


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