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It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature.
17 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Buttons, Rusty and their turtle pal Turner were having fun playing in the stream, when suddenly it began to rain...for five seconds. Ha. I didn't realize until now that Chucklewood Park is located in Southern California. So the kids return to the cave, tracking water all over the place, and they can't help but notice Bridgette and Rosie aren't their usual, cheerful selves. While that was going on, George and Abner were in a pickle of their own, as they had just remembered they had meant to do something special for their wives. They jump right to it, while Buttons and Rusty go consult Jonesy about why their mothers are down in the dumps, and he tells them all about the holiday of Mother's Day. So they head back to the cave, wondering what special thing they could do for their moms. Since they were always told to clean up, they decide to do that. Sweeping dirt under the rugs, getting water everywhere...well, at least their hearts are in the right place. As they "clean", they come across a weird series of pipes and hoses going along the ceiling. Unbeknownst to them, this was a shower bath system Abner had rigged up for Bridgette, and had gone out to hook it up to the logger chute. They play on it like a jungle gym, and the whole thing predictably falls apart. They manage to put it back together, and, well, one thing leads to another and when Bridgette tries out her new shower bath, the whole cave floods and she goes sailing out with the tide. After being carried down stream a few miles, Bridgette finally makes it to shore, but has no idea where she is. When George and Abner return to the cave, they set out to find the wayward Mrs. Bear, and all the while Rusty and Buttons talk about having seen a mysterious woman in the woods who could make lightning. The fathers shrug it off as they have more pressing matters to attend to at the moment.

A big rain storm begins while George and Abner try to fix the irrigation system to stop the flood, and Buttons and Rusty go tell Jonesy about the situation. He mentions Mother Nature to them and says she has a mood that can literally affect the weather. So, seeing as how it's raining and all, she must be pretty miserable. He goes on to say that Mother Nature is only a fairy tale... shows what he knows. So the kids run off to prepare the headdress Jonesy described her as wearing. After finding the necessary pieces, such as a feather, flowers and pearls, they meet up with that kooky old woman again who assumes they want something from her and thus shows off her wide range of powers, from changing the weather, to changing Buttons and Rusty's appearances. They manage to talk her down when they give her the gifts. And so the sun literally came shining through, and a triple rainbow appeared over the forest. No joke. So in the end, it all worked out. Bridgette was rescued by George and Abner, and when Buttons and Rusty tried to introduce Jonesy to Mother Nature, she was nowhere to be found. And so, the bear and fox families have a feast at Jonesy's cabin to celebrate Mother's Day. Well, I'm sure Bridgette appreciated the effort Abner went to in order to install the shower bath, but I'm guessing she'll have to continue bathing in the creek.

This one was... weird, to say the least. It bothers me that this series has been dumbed down to use a clumsy expression, but they've really taken a step down in quality from the '80s specials. The animation looks nice, sure, but the stories are not engaging, things happen that make no sense...I mean, if you want something that will entertain your kids for 30 minutes, this will definitely do the trick. But these Chucklewood specials have really lost their charm since the old days. The one before this, The Adventure Machine, was all kinds of bad. And now, What's Up Mom, while it was nice that they made a Mother's Day special, the inclusion of Mother Nature herself seemed like a stretch. She just came out of nowhere. They tried to recapture what the previous specials had, but failed. It's okay for what it is, I guess, but if you like Buttons and Rusty, I'd recommend sticking to The Christmas Tree Train, Which Witch is Which, The Turkey Caper and a Chucklewood Easter. They were better made and more entertaining.


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