Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown, Vol. 1
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Bozo is the World s Most Famous Clown! The Bozo the Clown show ran for 47 years on TV, making it one of the longest running shows ever! 30 live-action ½ hour full color episodes. Each features a 5-minute cartoon! Contains a special interview with Larry Bozo the Clown Harmon. Digitally re-mastered and transferred from Larry Harmon s original film masters.
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As others have said, this whole show (and Bozo) aren't anywhere close to being in the same league as the Chicago Bozo. Another negative... didn't even have Bozo Buckets. I saw a youtube interview with the Little Rock, Arkansas Bozo and he said he went to Boston to watch this show beforehand and all the studio kids were bored. Yep!
Depending on the viewer's taste and on which Bozo they experienced in childhood, Avruch either makes an excellent Bozo or merely a serviceable one. Immediately noticeable is the fact that Avruch doesn't play the High Clown role in any appreciable sense: he essentially speaks and behaves just as any average male adult would when dealing with fairly small children in public.
This is a failing of the show in several ways, since Avruch is neither particularly poised, charming, nor amusing. He doesn't try to be funny, and isn't. The program's other performers, who hurry on and off the stage with both forced and sincere abandon, are equally awkward and amateurish, even clumsy.
Most of the skits, which are completely without wit, appear to have been creatively drummed up moments before their execution, leaving viewers very likely to feel embarrassed for everyone involved.
The games are rushed and the hazy rules arbitrarily shouted out to the dazed children, who are rushed from their seats and then rushed back to them; giant beachballs go array, bouncing out of camera range or right into the camera. Younger viewers may wonder how and why this program, or the larger Bozo franchise, ever became successful to any degree.
As Bozo, Avruch's clown hair is extremely long, unruly, and curled up around the ends, giving him something of the weird, sinister caste that many adults today attribute to clowns.
However, for those watching this DVD set for nostalgic purposes, none of this will really matter, for the program, seen today, actually gains from having been crudely produced in its era, especially since the material presented here hasn't been remastered.
The array of bright auditorium colors, the meager puppet animals, the crude vintage cartoons, and slightly grotesque makeup and costumes of Bozo's associates fascinate, especially if the viewer watched the show zealously as a small child and hasn't glimpsed it since.
Since most Americans owned only black-and-white television sets during the show's heyday, seeing it in color for the first time will only add to its bizarre glamour.
Equally mesmerizing are the relatively enthusiastic and largely well-behaved children who compose the audience, most of who are Caucasian and decked out in their Sunday finest. Baby boomers will appreciatively recall this era, when middle class little girls always wore dresses and bows in their hair, and little boys appeared at social events wearing ties, buttoned collars, and their hair unpleasantly flattened with Brylcreem.