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"What Story Does Blue Want to Play?" is a Blue's Clues episode from the first season. It is the sixteenth episode to be produced, the twenty-seventh to be released, and the thirty-fifth to be aired.

Summary

"Blue and Steve just finished putting on a play, and we play Blue's Clues to figure out what other story Blue wants to play. We also help storybook characters by naming the book they belong in and then identifying that book among other books. Then we help Steve follow the story in a play directed by Bunny."

Elements

  • Question: What Story Does Blue Want to Play?
  • Clues:
    • 1. A Bowl
    • 2. A Chair
    • 3. A Bear
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Wrong Answer: The bear that put her bowl on a chair
  • Living room picture: A castle in the sky
  • Skidoo location: Storybook Forest (not the earlier season episodes (e.g. Blue's Story Time/The Trying Game))

Characters

Recap

Steve and Blue have been putting on plays based on stories from books. We also take a look at all sorts of different stories. When Blue knocks some books out of the bookshelf, we take the time to put them back on the shelf and also help some lost characters get back to the proper storybooks that they belong in. Later, we skidoo to Storybook Forest, where we help out Bunny to make a play with us and Steve is the star. Blue wants to play Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Steve is Papa Bear, Rabbit is Mama Bear, Tickety is Baby Bear and Blue is Goldilocks.

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Trivia

  • Two of Steve's Friends are Executive Producer Todd Kessler and Art & Animation Manager Soo Kyung Kim.
  • This is the first episode where all three clues are found in the living room.
  • When Steve Skidoos into Blue's book, the rabbit tells him that he's the king in the story and Steve takes this to mean Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll.
    • During the segment, he references his songs "All Shook Up" and "Hound Dog," as well as his traditional "Elvis has left the building" line.
  • When Steve and Blue play the Three Little Pigs, there are white borders around the scene as you can see, the Blue's Clues sprites and Steve goes through them.
  • Blue's pawprint that she places on the screen in this episode is so large that big extends off the screen. It also looks a little bit different than usual.
    • The pawprint also makes Tickety's bounce sound for the last bounce as it bounces away.
  • Revealed in this episode, Steve's favorite food is bananas.
  • This is the third episode to use the unusual “No, a clue!” phrase from The Grow Show.
  • During The So Long Song, Steve sings like Elvis Presley, even popping up his collar for it. This is the only time that this happens.
    • He does, however, go back to his normal voice when he says good-bye to the viewers.
  • This episode is the second of two on the Story Time VHS.
  • This is the only Season One episode to air in 1998, even though it was taped in 1996, it took about two years until it finally aired.
  • Todd Kessler, one of the three creators, as well as the show's executive producer, wrote and directed this episode and is listed as one of Steve's Friends in this episode.
    • This guy did the same in Blue Is Frustrated.
    • Soo Kyung Kim, another member of the show staff, is also one of Steve's Friends in this episode.
    • Susan Motamed, the voice-over director for the first season was also the voice of Cinderella, but she was uncredited in the actual episode. However, she was credited in the Story Time VHS.
  • In the Mailtime Segment, Mailbox pretends to be the giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk".
  • This is the first episode since The Trying Game to have a brand new Mailtime footage.
  • When Blue jumped out of the bookcase and knocked some books and their characters out of them, the wolf gets buried under several books until he goes over to Steve.
  • When the wolf puts his grandma clothes on, the sound of Mailbox's entrance was used.
  • The storybooks to chose which character goes where are:
    • Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood (the wolf's story), The Three Little Pigs
    • Hey Diddle Diddle, The Princess, and the Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk (Jack's story)
    • Cinderella (Cinderella's story), Rapunzel, an unknown story about a castle in the sky (possibly similar to Jack and the Beanstalk)
  • A promotional commercial for the Blue's Clues Story Time and Arts and Crafts VHS's described this episode as "a never-before-seen-on-television storybook adventure" when talking about the Story Time VHS. You can watch this promo commercial on both tapes.
  • This is the first episode where Blue cries, though she's only pretending to.
  • The second episode of "It's a Clue!" line from Blue Goes to the Beach.
  • This episode features a Noggin instrument logo.

Goofs

  • For an unknown reason in the United States, it was not released on TV until November 9, 1998. It was also released on VHS on June 9, 1998, which was five months ahead of its release. The promo for the series' first two VHS releases erroneously says it would air on October 9, 1998, which was a month before its true airdate, but other airdate concepts for this episode in the United States are December 22, 1996 and February 28, 1999, after Season 2. It was also released in other regions such as the United Kingdom and Australia before the United States release. It was released in Australia on February 24, 1997, and in the United Kingdom on July 3, 1998.
  • When Sidetable says "Blue's Clues, I'm so excited" her mouth looks like she is saying "I just love Blue's Clues".
  • When Steve takes the crown off briefly and asks if the viewer will be the king with him, his hair from Early Season 1 is used.
  • When Steve is playing the Three Little Pigs with Blue, there is a white border around the screen.
    • This also happens in Snack Time, before Steve skidoos into the farm.
  • When Blue puts her paw up on the screen, the pawprint is a bit bigger than usual.
  • The Wolf talks to Steve there are some frames where his mouth changes from a dark gray to a more lighter gray.
Blue's Clues Season 1
Snack Time | What Time Is It for Blue? | Mailbox's Birthday | Blue's Story Time | What Does Blue Need? | Blue's Favorite Song | Adventures in Art | Blue Goes to the Beach | Pretend Time | A Snowy Day | The Trying Game | Blue Wants to Play a Game | The Grow Show | Blue Wants to Play a Song Game | What Does Blue Want to Make? | What Story Does Blue Want to Play? | Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme | What Is Blue Afraid Of? | Magenta Comes Over | Blue's News
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