Segment 1
"I Just Want To Celebrate"
"Nowhere To Run"

Intermission 1
Minute Maid Spot
VeggieTales: "His Cheeseburger"
7 Minute Countdown

Segment 2
"I Want You Back"
"Baby I Need Your Lovin'"

Intermission 2
CEC TV Artist Spotlight
7 Minute Countdown

Segment 3
"Come See About Me"

Intermission 3
Drawing Chuck E
Maya & Miguel
Public TV Announcement
Mac N' Cheese Spot
7 Minute Countdown

Segment 4
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"For Once In My Life"

Intermission 4
Ice Age Extreme Cool View
Will Frye The Nutrition Guy
7 Minute Countdown

Featuring a soundtrack of 60's and 70's hits, the April 2006 Show has a fun and funky feel with an unique script, interesting video footage, and great programming.

Soundtrack - All songs are covers - there are no originals nor parodies in this show. Helen sings "Nowhere To Run" and "Come See About Me"...and Jasper sings "I Want You Back". Once again no Munch or Pasqually covers.

New Intermissions - Two of the most noteworthy intermissions are the Minute Maid Spot with Ryan Hollingsworth and a new CEC TV Artist Spotlight featuring Eddie Coker. The Spotlight includes Eddie's "Play With Me" and a music video CEC never used before, "Welcome To The Island". Also a "Version 2" of the April 2006 Show was shipped to stores featuring a new spot for a promo going on with Mac N' Cheese products. This great spot featured fan favorites, Mike Manly and Wick in a CEC news flash!

Recycled Intermissions - Most of the intermissions in this show have been reused from previous CEC shows. Here is a list where all the intermissions originated from:
-VeggieTales ("His Cheeseburger") - September 2001 Show
-Eddie Coker ("Play With Me") - January 2004 Show
-Skateboarding - January 2005 Show
-Drawing Chuck E - August 1999 Show
-Will Frye - January 1998 Show
-7 Minute Countdowns - September 2002 Show.

Studio C Puppets - The Studio C puppets' backgrounds design is the same from the September 2005 & January 2006 Shows. Munch's background color is once again an amber color.

Department 18 Cameos - Ryan Hollingsworth plays a new character in the Minute Maid Spot, Matt Schartz appears in the reused video footage for "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", and Jeremy Blaido is good ol' Will Frye.

CEC TV IDs - Four new IDs debute in this show. One is a simple VJ spot featuring Eddie Coker. The other three are new, stylized animation pieces different from the usual cartoony-feeling jingles.

Birthday Break - The Birthday Break music & video is the same from the April 2005, Summer 2005, September 2005, & January 2006 Shows.

April 2006 Show Logo - The April 2006 Show logo is reused from the April 2004 Show.

-3.5 out of 5 Tokens-

I have always been a big fan of the CEC shows featuring oldies (such as the September 2001 Show). Maybe it's because I listen to the oldies station on the radio on my long drive to work, or the fact I'm familiar with said selection...but this show's soundtrack is a real winner. I'm disappointed that Munch and Pasqually sat out once again (although at one point Munch was going to croon "Baby, I Need Your Lovin'"), but in all this is a nicely consistent soundtrack choice. I think the show-stopper has to be Jasper's cover of the Jackson Five "I Want You Back". Jeremy really goes to town with this song. I think that's another point why this show is much better than the last few; it's energetic and doesn't slow down nor mellow out.

Matt penned the script for this show and you can see the difference in writing. I think it's been a good few years since we've heard the characters hold a conversation more than a quick minute. The dialogue skits are the the only opportunity for the characters to be real and interesting, and I liked the fact there was development time for the "class" skit in Segment 3. I hope to see more interest in the dialogue, especially with the recent elimination of the curtains.

I have seen a great improvement for the video footage over the last couple shows. You can tell a great deal of time and effort went into the footage, especially the disco scene for "I Just Want To Celebrate". The programming has also vastly improved, and I have seen things in this show I have either never seen before or haven't seen in a long time.

The intermissions unfortunately lower my review for this show...especially since most of the pieces are awful (the Maya & Miguel & Ice Age promos for example), or are overly used in CEC shows (Will Frye and those horrific 7 Minute Countdowns). And the Artist Spotlight in this show makes me miss Beatlegras badly. On a positive note, there's no Charlie Rockit in this show! And Ryan's Minute Maid Spot is very fact, I think it's one of the most original tie-in spots I have seen to date.

In all this is a fun and interesting oldies show! A lot of time and effort went into these segments - the writing, song choices, programming, and video footage - and it turned into a worthy production. There are two things I suggest - give the secondary characters such as Munch and Pasqually some songs and give us a more unique, interesting roster of intermissions. The April 2006 Show goes above and beyond the last two show productions, and I hope this direction continues into the new shows next year.