from the first season. The show follows an animated blue-spotted dog named Blue as she leaves a trail of clues/paw prints for the host and the viewers, in order to figure out her plans for the day. [2] Rubin also provided the voice of Mailbox. It was one of the first preschool shows to incorporate American Sign Language into its content. Dora: Right!, Uh-Huh!, Ah-Hah!, Uh..., Hold On!, Do You Wanna Say Hi to Magenta? Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper: Will You Help Us?

Dora: Right!, He Can Go as A Baseball Player and She Can Go as an Umpire! "[33] Burns remained on Blue's Clues for seven years and was in over 100 episodes before he left. Burns was involved in Patton's selection. Periwinkle – A precocious kitten from the city who debuts in "Blue's Big Mystery". When I believed we had the best show on television that could educate preschoolers and positively impact their lives, I was relentless. All: It's Another Blue's Clues Day! The music, produced by composer Michael Rubin and pianist Nick Balaban, was simple, had a natural sound, and exposed children to a wide variety of genres and instruments. "[113], In 2002, Crawley, Anderson, Kiersten Clark, and their colleagues conducted another study on the effects of Blue's Clues, this time researching whether more experienced viewers mastered the content and cognitive challenges faster and easier than first-time viewers.

Her favourite thing to do is paint pictures of herself, other people, scenery, or just anything else. Field tests showed that the attention and comprehension of young viewers increased with each repeat viewing. Dora: Hey!, I Can't Wait for Our Friend to Come Over!, (Singing) Magenta's Coming Over!, It's Almost Time!, We Still Have to Find Our Last Blue's Clue!

Freddy Felt Friend: We'll Be from Outer Space! "[4][note 1], There was little incentive for producing high-quality children's television until 1990, when Congress passed the Children's Television Act (CTA), which "required that networks be held accountable for the quality of children's programming or risk losing their license".

By 2002, Nickelodeon had built a "state-of-the-art"[91] $6 million digital animation studio that housed 140 people, including 70 animators. Dora: (Singing) We Are Gonna Play Blue's Clues and Then Magenta's Coming Over!, Yeah! Fifi Felt Friend: Okay!, I Wanna Dress Up as Something Else Now!, Look!, I'm an Astronaut!

The producers originally wanted a female host,[31] but after months of research and over 1,000 auditions, they hired actor/performer Steve Burns based on the strength of his audition. Dora: Which One of These Costumes Goes With A Lifeguard? After pausing, child voice-overs provided the answers so that they were given to children who had not come up with the solution and helped encourage viewer participation. Shovel and Pail: Aaahh!, We Need Some Help! "[93] Products, like the show, were heavily tested prior to marketing. [28] Blue's Clues celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2006 with a special that consisted of a 12-minute retrospective produced by VH1's "Behind the Music" staff and a collection of "milestone"[29] episodes, including first host Steve Burns' 2002 departure. (Spring 2008). By 2001, the show's research team consisted of head researcher Alice Wilder, Alison Sherman, Karen Leavitt, and Koshi Dhingra. Her research suggested that Blue's Clues engaged young children and elicited their active participation because they mimicked social interaction. Dora: You're Welcome!, Hey!, We'll See You at Snack Time!, With Magenta!, Vroom!, Beep Beep!, Vroom! Dora: Oh!, Okay!, So, To Play Blue's Clues, We Gotta Find A... Dora: Pawprint!, Cause That's The First... Dora: Clue!, Right!, Then We Put It in Our Notebook... Dora and Blue: (Singing) Cause They're Blue's Clues, Blue's Clues!

Turquoise – Blue's pet turtle who debuts in season two. [59] Based on research conducted over the 30 years since the launch of Sesame Street by theorists like Anderson, the producers of Blue's Clues wanted to develop a show that took advantage of children's intellectual and behavioral activity when watching television. [89] Unlike traditional animation environments, which tended to be highly structured, the animators were given information about the characters and goals of the scenes they would animate, and then given the freedom to work out the timing and look of each scene themselves, as long as their creations were true to the characters and to the story. She was voiced by, Joe – Steve's younger brother and his Blue's Clues playing apprentice who hosts the fifth and sixth seasons. [73] Anderson and Crawley felt that the telecast strategy helped increase the show's ratings and called it a success. A Field Guide to the Children's Television Act". [4] By 2002, Blue's Clues had received several awards for children's programming, educational software, and licensing[96] and been nominated for nine Emmy Awards. Dora: Do You Wanna Help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper Make Race Cars?, Great!, Then We Can Go Look for More Blue's Clues!, Of Which I am One! (Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper put the celery and carrot down).

Magenta Comes Over is the 19th episode of Blue's Clues (Featuring Dora!) [24], The pace of Blue's Clues was deliberate, and its material was presented clearly.

[114] Children were not only tolerant of repetition, they were "positively enthusiastic"[113] about it. [2][31] Burns received the strongest and most enthusiastic response in tests with the young audience.

By 1990, parents, teachers, and media experts had been criticizing "the lack of quality fare for children on commercial television" for many years. Dora: Yeah!, But..., I Just..., With The Letter and... Dora: A Brown Paper Package!, It's All Tied Up With Strings!, This is One of My Favorite Things!, Let's Open It! [88] Their process looked like traditional cut-out animation, but was faster, more flexible, and less expensive, and it allowed them to make changes based on feedback from test audiences. [123] They found that although experienced viewers of Blue's Clues interacted with an episode of another series, they did not spend more time watching it than viewers unfamiliar with the show. [84], The host performed each episode in front of a "blue screen", with animation added later.


[104] Actors were encouraged to improvise and respond to the audience, which resulted in changes throughout the show's run.

Dora: (Laughs), For A Second There, I Thought You Said "Race Cars!".