The Naked Brothers Band: Polar Bears

The Naked Brothers Band

On DVD: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The stars of the show, brothers Alex and Nat, are musically talented. They write their own lyrics and music, and they know how to act. However, onscreen flirting and displaying affections in public places make the show less attractive and appealing as a children’s program.

In their second TV movie “Polar Bears”, Nickelodeon's favorite teen band, The Naked Brothers Band, goes to New Orleans by their super cool tour bus. The band tries to raise money for the polar bears after Alex (Alex Wolff) watches Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The series is like mixing documentary and mockmentary. They tackle real issues with humor and sometimes exaggeration.

To be honest, I have never given a chance to any show airing on Teen Nick. I love some programs on Nicktoon, Nickelodeon and even Nick at Nite, but I have never really tuned into Teen Nick because many shows often seem to be dominated by pre-teen/teen romance as if there was no parental supervision. The Naked Brothers Band also cannot be sustained without puberty pheromones, and sometimes I get bothered by the brothers’ narcissistic attitude. Fortunately, at least this episode may make for an interesting family conversation about global warming and helping each other.

Despite the approximately 60-minute running time, the show can be a little bit overwhelming for some young viewers. The story involves opposite sex attractions, managing music business, Hurricane Katrina victims, relationship problems and environmental issues. This is definitely geared toward the tween audience. Certain relationships between the cast members are already developed previously but it is still easy for people who have never seen the show to follow the plot. If you liked previous The Naked Brothers Band episodes, you will probably be satisfied with this one too.

Special Features are adequate, which include Green Tips from the Band, and four music videos (“I’ve Got a Question”, “I’ll Do Anything”, “Why”, “Eventually”).

Review by Pat Trabi