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SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

May 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Eli & the Shane Gang take on their most powerful foe yet, the Dark Slinger in the first “SlugTerra” animated film, “SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond”.   A fun and exciting “SlugTerra” film for children or the young at heart!  Recommended!

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DVD TITLE: SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond

TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2014

DURATION: 43 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital English Stereo

COMPANY: Shout! Factory

RATED: TV Y7 FV

RELEASE DATE: June, 2014

Directed by Johnny Darrell

Written by Rob Hoegee, Scott Sonneborn

Executive Producer: Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Rob Hoegee, Chuck Johnson

Co-Producer: Nancy Lees

Art Direction by Andy Poon

Featuring the voices of:

Sam Vincent as Eli Shane

Lee Tockar as Pronto

Shannon Chan-Kent as Trixie

Michael Dobson as Maurice

Andrew Francis as Kord

Mark Oliver as Dr. Blakk

Just when the evil Dr. Blakk has been defeated and it seems like Eli Shane’s duties as protector of Slugterra are getting easier, a new danger emerges from beyond the 99 caverns. Eli and the Shane Gang rush to the rescue, but nothing can prepare them for what they encounter: a slug that can do something no one in Slugterra has ever seen — or heard — a slug do before! Traditional slugslinging no longer applies. Eli will have to engage in a very different kind of duel to save Slugterra…and himself!

With the defeat of the evil Dr. Blakk, it would seem that Eli and the Shane Gang can take things easy.

Until they discover a new threat, beyond the 99 caverns, a new enemy with dark energy to create a Goon Doc with special abilities that the Shane Gang has never encountered before.  Good Docs created by the evil Dark Slinger!

Find out who wins the battle in the “SlugTerra” animated film, “SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond”!

What is “SlugTerra”?

“SlugTerra” is a series that begins with Will Shane, the protector of SlugTerra taking on his arch nemesis Dr. Thaddius Blakk. As Dr. Blakk tried to unleash an evil power using a ghoul slug in SlugTerra that would envelop Will Shane, Will uses his blaster to shoot out his slug Burpee to find his young son Eli to find a letter before he is enveloped.

Burpee shows young Eli a letter that his father left to him, just in case something bad has happened to him. Will wrote about how many in the long line of the Shane family had ventured to SlugTerra, to protect the area which is located 100 miles below Earth. But the condition if he chooses to accept, is that he can begin his adventure as a Shane in SlugTerra when he turns 15-years-old but also that he must keep the existence of Earth as he knows it, a secret from those living in SlugTerra.

Fast forward to a teenage Eli, who decides to venture to SlugTerra, knowing that he may not be able to get back home. And upon arriving, he arrives to his fathers hideout where his weapons, gear and mecha beast vehicles are located.

While his father left him a blaster, he must find his own slugs which is a key to surviving in SlugTerra. How each slug has a special ability and gets stronger over time. If the owner bonds with the slug, the better the relationship.

Eli eventually meets several people who try to teach him the way of living in SlugTerra and join him as part of the Shane Team. Pronto the Magnificent is a molenoid tracker, so he says. But he seems to get everyone in trouble but also manages to help him the team once in awhile. Beatrice “Trixie” Sting is filming a documentary on slugs but she is also wonderful in fighting competitions and is great strategist. And there is Kord Zane, a huge cave troll who loves technology, and is a mechanic who loves upgrading blasters and vehicles.

Meanwhile, when Dr. Thaddius Blakk and his group find out a Eli is back in SlugTerra, he is determined of ridding Eli as he did with his father. But Blakk has found away to convert innocent slugs to evil ghouls and trying to recruit people to cause havok in SlugTerra.

And as the film takes place after the defeat of Dr. Thaddius Blakk, Eli and the Shane Gang continue their journey beyond the 99 caverns.  But Eli and the Shane Gang thought with the defeat of the Dark Bane and Dr. Blakk, that all would be good in SlugTerra.  But with their encounter with a new enemy known as Dark Slinger, who has the ability to create Boon Docs and Good Docs with special abilities never seen before, will the gang be able to take on this new, powerful enemy?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond” comes is presented a series that blends CG animation with hand draw animation. Produed by Nerd Corps Entertainment, the style of “SlugTerra” almost has an anime mashed with Disney style. Colors are vibrant and colorful, character designs for the humanoid characters are well done but also for the slugs which are cute or crazy or mean looking slugs. But the characters are well-shaded and art backgrounds are also nicely done.

Mechanical design is also created quite well from the beast vehicles to the blasters, for the most part, “SlugTerra” is a series that looks good as one can expect on DVD.

The series is presented in Dolby Digital and dialogue and sound effects are clear. And while there are no subtitles, closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond” comes with the following special features:

  • Slugisodes – Burpy & Friends Take a Ride – (1:02) Burpy and friends get some R&R by diving into a pool.

 

As I have been enjoying the “SlugTerra” series and the adventures of Eli and the Shane Gang, with the revelations featured in the animated film “SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond”, suffice to say that as the group wanders the caverns, they encounter new enemies unlike they have ever encountered before.

Enemies that are more powerful, enemies that have Goon Docs that can change and have abilities unlike any other ghouls they have encountered.

But now facing a major enemy known as the Dark Slinger who has the dark power to be as powerful, if not more powerful than Doctor Blakk.  But what will happen when Eli and the Shane Gang come into contact with their latest enemy?

Featuring an exciting, all-action storyline that  children or the young at heart will definitely enjoy, the series and the film benefits from “SlugTerra” thanks to its cool characters, well-written storyline and a story that will no doubt impact the next season with its surprising revelations.

Parents looking for a safe animated series on DVD for their children who love action and sci-fi, will definitely enjoy this “SlugTerra” film, “SlugTerra: Ghoul from Beyond”.

Recommended!


SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

“SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” is a pretty solid animated series for children or the young at heart. Cool characters, well-written stories with plenty of action and humor! Parents looking for a safe animated series on DVD for their children who love action and sci-fi, will definitely enjoy “SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground”. Recommended!

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DVD TITLE: SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground

TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2013

DURATION: 110 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital English Stereo

COMPANY: Shout! Factory

RATED: TV Y7 FV

RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2014

Directed by Johnny Darrell

Written by Rob Hoegee, Scott Sonneborn

Executive Producer: Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Rob Hoegee, Chuck Johnson

Co-Producer: Nancy Lees

Art Direction by Andy Poon

Featuring the voices of:

Sam Vincent as Eli Shane

Lee Tockar as Pronto

Shannon Chan-Kent as Trixie

Michael Dobson as Maurice

Andrew Francis as Kord

Mark Oliver as Dr. Blakk

Join Eli Shane and the Shane Gang as they venture further into SlugTerra’s 99 caverns! But the further they go, the more trouble they seem to find.  From an icy drive-in theatre to the Shane Gang Hideout itself, danger lurks in every cavern. Our heroes find themselvs confronted by ice ogres, thieves, con artists, a cyclops and robots, but it’s not  just a simple matter of slugging it out to protect the underground world.  Eli will have to work with his enemies, duel without Burpy and his best slugs, and reveal his most precious secret in order to protect the underground world from both everyday troublemakers and the fiendishly ambitious Dr. Blakk!

In 2012, the new sci-fi action animated series “SlugTerra” made its debut on Disney XD in October 2012.

An American/Canadian co-production created by Asaph Fipke (co-founder of Nerd Corps Entertainment and worked on series such as “Beast Wars”, “Beast Machines”, “ReBoot”, “Heavy Gear” and “Max Steel”), the animation is produced by Fipke’s Animation studio Nerd Corps Entertainment.

With 39 episodes aired on television (three seasons), the latest volume of “SlugTerra” titlted “SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” (episodes 16-20 from season two), will be released on DVD!

“SlugTerra” is a series that begins with Will Shane, the protector of SlugTerra taking on his arch nemesis Dr. Thaddius Blakk. As Dr. Blakk tried to unleash an evil power using a ghoul slug in SlugTerra that would envelop Will Shane, Will uses his blaster to shoot out his slug Burpee to find his young son Eli to find a letter before he is enveloped.

Burpee shows young Eli a letter that his father left to him, just in case something bad has happened to him. Will wrote about how many in the long line of the Shane family had ventured to SlugTerra, to protect the area which is located 100 miles below Earth. But the condition if he chooses to accept, is that he can begin his adventure as a Shane in SlugTerra when he turns 15-years-old but also that he must keep the existence of Earth as he knows it, a secret from those living in SlugTerra.

Fast forward to a teenage Eli, who decides to venture to SlugTerra, knowing that he may not be able to get back home. And upon arriving, he arrives to his fathers hideout where his weapons, gear and mecha beast vehicles are located.

While his father left him a blaster, he must find his own slugs which is a key to surviving in SlugTerra. How each slug has a special ability and gets stronger over time. If the owner bonds with the slug, the better the relationship.

Eli eventually meets several people who try to teach him the way of living in SlugTerra and join him as part of the Shane Team. Pronto the Magnificent is a molenoid tracker, so he says. But he seems to get everyone in trouble but also manages to help him the team once in awhile. Beatrice “Trixie” Sting is filming a documentary on slugs but she is also wonderful in fighting competitions and is great strategist. And there is Kord Zane, a huge cave troll who loves technology, and is a mechanic who loves upgrading blasters and vehicles.

Meanwhile, when Dr. Thaddius Blakk and his group find out a Eli is back in SlugTerra, he is determined of ridding Eli as he did with his father. But Blakk has found away to convert innocent slugs to evil ghouls and trying to recruit people to cause havok in SlugTerra.

Can the Shane Gang find a way to defeat the evil in SlugTerra?  And what will happen when Eli’s secret of coming from “The Burning World” (the surface) is revealed to the members of the Shane Gang?

Here are the following episodes featured in “SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” (Season 2):

  • EPISODE 16: Snowdance – The Shane Gang take on the Hooligang and with the Hooligang upset about being fired by Dr. Blakk for losing against the Shane Gang the first time, now they want revenge.
  • EPISODE 17: Inheritance – Danna Por, the daughter of Will Shane’s old partner, Tom Por, wants treasure which she believes, belongs to her.
  • EPISODE 18: A Distant Shore – An adventure tries to go on an expedition to “The Burning World” (the surface where Eli is from).  Eli tries to stop him.
  • EPISODE 19: The Journey Home – Eli  takes on Much without some of his trustworthy Slugs.
  • EPISODE 20: Roboslugs – The Shane Gang takes on Quentin, a mad scientist who has created Roboslugs.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” comes is presented a series that blends CG animation with hand draw animation. Produed by Nerd Corps Entertainment, the style of “SlugTerra” almost has an anime mashed with Disney style. Colors are vibrant and colorful, character designs for the humanoid characters are well done but also for the slugs which are cute or crazy or mean looking slugs. But the characters are well-shaded and art backgrounds are also nicely done.

Mechanical design is also created quite well from the beast vehicles to the blasters, for the most part, “SlugTerra” is a series that looks good as one can expect on DVD.

The series is presented in Dolby Digital and dialogue and sound effects are clear. And while there are no subtitles, closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” comes with the following special features:

  • Creating Your Own Slugs– (4:18) Learn how to draw a slug by Andy Poon (art director for “SlugTerra”).
  • Slugisodes – The Right Slug For the Right Job – (1:01) Trixie talks about using your Slugs.
  • Slugisodes – Getting Around in SlugTerra – (1:01) Trixie talks about getting around in SlugTerra.

EXTRAS:

“SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” comes with a slipcover.

I have to admit that when I first hear about “SlugTerra”, the first thing that came to my mind was “not another Pokemon type of anime series”!

Having seen series such as “Monsuno” and “Kaijudo”, I was curious to see how “SlugTerra” would differentiate from these other titles. And sure enough, “SlugTerra” turns out to be a fantastic animated series.

It does have the similarity to Pokemon, in the case of “SlugTerra”, collecting Slugs with special abilities and dueling other competitors with their slugs.

The adventures of the Shane Gang continues in the latest volume of “SlugTerra” with episodes 16-20 from season two as the gang continues to go further into SlugTerra’s 99 caverns.  But as the gang continues, they run into the Hooligang again, but also other sorts of rivals.

But this time, it becomes more personal as secrets of Eli’s father start to emerge, especially Dana Por, the daughter of Eli’s father, Tom Por, who tells him how Will Shane was responsible for the breakup of their working relationship, when Will tried to hide treasure from Tom.

But as the Shane Gang starts to have their doubts about Eli’s father, Eli must make a difficult decision…should he tell the Shane Gang the truth of where he comes from and the secret that he and his father had tried to protect?

Overall, “SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground” is a pretty solid animated series for children or the young at heart. Cool characters, well-written stories with plenty of action and humor!

Parents looking for a safe animated series on DVD for their children who love action and sci-fi, will definitely enjoy “SlugTerra: Heroes of the Underground”.

Recommended!


Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular! (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

November 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” is another fun and educational DVD for parents or relatives looking for safe, educational episodes for their young child. Recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!

DURATION: 69 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full screen format, Dolby Digital – English Stereo

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2013

Created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner

“Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular” written by Teri Weiss

Executive Producer: Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes

Story Editor: Rosemary Contreras

Supervising Producer: Jeff DeGrandis

Producer: Miken Wong, Marc Amiel

Supervising Directors/Consulting Producers: Kuni Tomita, Henry Lenardin-Madden

Coordinating and Music Producer: Holly Gregory

Directed by George Chialtas, Allan Jacobsen, Henry Lenardin-Madden

Staff Writer: Jorge Aguirre

Featuring the voices of:

Fatima Ptacek as Dora/Baby/Penguins

Koda Gursoy as Boots/Snowy Forest Creatures

Hilary Duff as the Ice Witch

Jed Becker as Snowy Forest Creatures

Jessica Conde as Snow Princes/Mami Penguin

Noah Johnston as Snow Kitty/Snowy Owl/Baby Penguins

Breanna Lakatos as Penguin Sisters/Snow Bear

Anthony Pierini as Snow Fairy/squirrel

Marc Weiner as Map

Get ready for a spectacular ice-skating adventure! Dora and Boots must skate to the rescue of the Snow Princess, Snow Fairy, and all their Snowy Forest friends when a mean Ice Witch takes everyone’s ice skates! Plus, help Dora catch a runaway Shape Train, and join her brave puppy Perrito and Scooter as they race to rescue Boots!

With the holiday season around the corner and winter fastly approaching, for your children who love’s “Dora the Explorer” will surely be entertained by “Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!”.

Featuring three episodes,  “Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” includes the following episodes:

  • Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular! – A mean Ice Witch steals Snow Princess and Snow Fairy and the Snowy Forest Friend’s ice skates.  Help Dora and Boots convince the Ice Witch to return their ice skates.
  • Catch That Shape Train! – Help Dora and Boots catch a runaway Shape Train!
  • Dora and Perrito to the Rescue –  Help Dora and a brave puppy named Perrito and Scooter help rescue Boots!

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” have headed to a new direction animated wise in the past year as the animation has become so much cleaner. The backgrounds are well-detailed and CG generated. Even Dora, Boots and friends seem to have more shading for their colors and more frame animations. The series now incorporates a good amount of CG and “Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” is presented in full screen but is vibrant with the bright colors.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital and dialogue and music is crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” comes with no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” comes with a slipcover.

I know for my family and I would assume for many other families, “Dora the Explorer” has helped a lot of children. May it be to introduce them to Spanish or increasing their decision making skills, the series continues to be popular in America and in other countries.

And with the release of the “Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!”, fans of the series and parents who are looking for a safe educational video for their young children.

This latest video features a music driven ice skating episode thanks to the addition of special guest star Hilary Duff and you get two bonus “Dora the Explorer” episodes.

My young son literally grew up in his young toddler years watching Dora and through this series, it was very helpful in helping him develop skills on decision making and also learning a little Spanish. And I’m a true believer that these educational children’s shows is one of the reasons why he is doing so well in school.

I can easily remember watching him and seeing him really get into the series and taking part in the challenges. And now he’s older, doing exceptionally well in school but he has done well since kindergarten and even pre-school and I would like to think that children’s series such as “Dora the Explorer” were one of the reasons for why he is doing well.

Where most of the “Dora the Explorer” TV shows have been instrumental in teaching children Spanish and counting as well as teamwork, the same can be said about this latest DVD.  It helps children with their decision making and for the most part, for parents, “Dora the Explorer” DVD’s are cheap and for the winter time, will keep their children busy for 69 minutes.

Overall, “Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ice Skating Spectacular!” is another fun and educational DVD for parents or relatives looking for safe, educational episodes for their young child. Recommended!


Nickelodeon Favorites – Let’s Learn: Colors (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

July 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Parents looking for a children’s DVD that revolves around learning colors, we’ll find Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Learn: Colors” to be the DVD they want! Featuring six episodes from Nickelodeon’s top children’s shows such as “Team Umizoomi”, “Dora the Explorer”, “Blue’s Clues”, “Bubble Guppies” and “Wonder Pets!”.

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DVD TITLE: Nickelodeon Favorites – Let’s Learn: Colors

DURATION: 6 Episodes (120 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2013

Bubble Guppies

Created by onny Belt and Robert Scull

Dora the Explorer

Created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh and Eric Weiner

Team Umizoomi

Created by Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith

Blue’s Clues

Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, Angela C. Santomero

Wonder Pets!

Executive Producer: Josh Selig

Calling all colors! From painting and drawing to mixing colors, kids will discover the art of color identification with these six Nick Jr. play dates! They’ll jump into coloring books with Dora and the Wonder Pets, they’ll learn color mixing with the Bubble Guppies and Blue, and they’ll search for colorful shape pieces with Team Umizoomi!

Continuing their “Let’s Learn” educational DVD’s, Nickelodeon who released “Let’s Learn: ABC’s” and “Let’s Learn: 123’s” will now release the new compilation children’s DVD “Let’s Learn: Colors”.  An educational children’s DVD to help aid parents who need that extra help in getting their children ready for pre-school and kindergarten and learning colors..

With many DVD’s featuring their popular Nick Jr. lineup, “Let’s Learn: Colors” will feature six episodes tailored to helping children learn. With “Let’s Learn: Colors”, kids can learn about painting, drawing, mixing colors and more.

Included are the following episodes:

      • Bubble Guppies – “The Crayon Pix” – The Bubble Guppies learn about colors and take part in a race.
      • Dora the Explorer – “Quack! Quack!” – Dora and Boots help baby duck find mama duck.
      • Team Umizoomi – “Kite Festival” – Milli, Geo and Bot try to help Jeannie find the missing pieces for her dragon kite.
      • Blue’s Clues – “Colors Everywhere!” – Blue and friends create a “Portrait of Pals” but some colors are missing.
      • Wonder Pets – “Save the Moose in the Caboose!”/”Save the Flamingo!” – Ming-Ming draws a colorful story about a moose stuck in a caboose that’s headed for a cliff.  The second episode features a baby flamingo trapped in mudd and the Wonder Pets must fly into a coloring book to save him.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

The episodes featured in “Nickelodeon Favorites – Let’s Learn: Colors” are presented in full screen and in Dolby Digital stereo. Animation features vibrant colors and dialogue is clear and understandable. Picture quality is dependent on the series as “Dora the Explorer” is animation-based, “Bubble Guppies”, “Team Umizoomi” and “Wonder Pets!” tend to combine CG While “Blue’s Clues” combines both animation and a live host. Some episodes are newer, while some were created years ago. But overall, this is for the children and the picture and audio quality is good!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Nickelodeon Favorites – Let’s Learn: Colors” comes with no special features but comes with a “Let’s Learn: Colors” trace the dots for A-H (on inside page of DVD cover).

I have been a big supporter of Nickelodeon’s children’s shows. While my song is now grown up, having reviewed these children shows since he was young and having reviewed them as many friends and associates now have younger children, I credit these shows for aiding with my son’s development at a young age. Not only does he excel in class, I felt that these shows are what helped him receive that head start of learning ABC’s, learning his 123’s but also helping with making decisions and working as a team.

There are a lot of important lesson that are seen on each episode but most importantly, for “Let’s Learn: Colors”, your children will learn about different colors and also how mixing colors can make up another color.

My child was raised watching these Nickelodeon educational children’s shows and I do believe that it helped in his development as he is doing exceptionally well at school, especially when it comes to decision making and also an appreciation for other cultures and languages.

While many of the Nickelodeon favorites with compilations of episodes tend to be a mixed with different episodes of the top Nick Jr. shows, parents who have been wanting DVD’s specially geared to a certain subject, should be pleased with “Let’s Learn: Colors”. You get six popular Nick Jr. shows from “Team Umizoomi”, “Dora the Explorer”, “Blue’s Clues”, “Bubble Guppies” and “Wonder Pets!” and each episode’s stories are color-themed.

Overall, your young children should be entertained by this DVD release. All episodes are safe for children and parents will also be happy to know that they can learn from each of these episodes and also it will definitely help keep the children occupied as well.

“Nickelodeon Favorites – Let’s Learn: Colors” is recommended for parents and their children!


Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

July 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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If you are a parent looking for a great deal, you can’t go wrong with “Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie”.  Educational, fun and you get two DVD releases in one package.  Recommended!

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DVD TITLE: Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie

DURATION: 176 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full screen format, Dolby Digital – English Stereo

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2013

Created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner

Executive Producer: Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes

Story Editor: Rosemary Contreras

Supervising Producer: Jeff DeGrandis

Producer: Miken Wong, Marc Amiel

Supervising Directors/Consulting Producers: Kuni Tomita, Henry Lenardin-Madden

Blue’s Clues

Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler, Angela C. Santomero

Written by Angela C. Santomero and Michal T. Smith

Directed by Todd Kessler

Executive Producer: Todd Kessler

Featuring the voices of:

Kathleen Herles as Dora

Harrison Chad as Boots

Marc Weiner as Map/Swiper/Fiesta Trio

Sasha Toro as Backpack

Gabriel Alvarez as Diego

Jake Burbage as Benny/Coconut Tree/Animals

Jose as Tico

Skai Jackson as Isa/Animals

Mike Smith Rivera as Boat/Rocks/Animals

Blue’s Big Musical Movie

Starring Steven Burns

Ray Charles as the voice of g-clef

The Persuasions as the voices of The Notes

It’s time to make music! First, help Dora and Boots on four musical adventures as they journey to music class, get the Grumpy Old Troll to his Happy Dance, and more! Plus, join Blue, Steve, Periwinkle, and all their friends in the sing-along, dance-along feature, Blue’s Big Musical Movie!

Are you a parent looking for a children’s DVD that is educational but also fun-filled with music?

“Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie” features two DVD’s in one.  Previously released as two separated DVD’s, Nickelodeon is now including both DVD’s as one release.

Featured on “Dora the Explorer: Musical School Days” are the following four episodes:

  • La Maestra De Musica – Boot’s teacher’s bike has broken down, help her figure out how to get to school.
  • Boots to the Rescue – Dora forgot her music homework and Boots must get it to school before it starts.
  • Happy Old Troll – Dora and Boots help the Grumpy Old Troll find things that will make him happy.
  • A Letter For Swiper – Dora and Boots deliver letters while the Special Delivery Bird gets her glass fixed.

“Blue’s Big Musical Movie” is a 2000 direct-to-video film and is about Blue and friends throwing a big music show.  And Blue is looking forward to her duet with Tickety Tock.  But when Tickety loses her voice, Steve must find someone to replace her.  But when Side Table is chosen to sing, something happens and Side Table is missing.  Who will perform alongside Blue?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie” does feature older episodes from 2002-2004 for “Dora the Explorer”, so it’s not the latest episodes that are more CG generated and more colorful and vibrant, but for children, the animation and picture quality is very good.

As for “Blue’s Big Musical Movie”, it’s important to remember that the film is 13-years-old.  Originally released in 2000, picture quality is good but this is the older film featuring Steve.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital and dialogue and music is crystal clear.

“Dora the Explorer: Dora Musical School Days” is presented in English, French and Spanish stereo with closed captions.  “Blue’s Big Musical Movie” is presented in Dolby Digital Surround with subtitles in English SDH.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie” comes with the following special features:

Dora Musical School Days:

  • Wonder Pets! Sneak Peek – (2:38) A short sneak peak for “Wonder Pets!”.

Blue’s Big Musical Movie:

  •  “I Can Be Anything That I Want to Be” Music Video
  • “There It Is” Music Video
  • Backstage at Blue’s Clues – (15:54) A behind-the-scenes at the making of “Blue’s Clues” and the history of the series.
  • Who Am I? Game
  • Blue’s Clues DVD-Rom Games

I know for my family and I would assume for many other families, “Dora the Explorer” and “Blue’s Clues” has helped a lot of children for well over a decade.  For “Dora the Explorer”, may it be to introduce them to Spanish or increasing their decision making skills, the series continues to be popular in America and in other countries.  And with “Blue’s Clues”, helping children with their decision making and getting them involved.

With the release of “Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie”, you get two classic DVD’s in one release.  “Dora the Explorer: Musical School Days” comes with four episodes and “Blue’s Big Musical Movie” comes with an 80-minute film.

For the most part, while older, children won’t know the difference and for what both series are instrumental in providing is education and entertainment for children, no matter how old the series is.  Both look good on DVD and the entertainment still holds up over a decade later.

My young son literally grew up in his young toddler years watching “Dora the Explorer” and “Blue’s Clues” and through both series, it was very helpful in helping him develop skills on decision making but also learning another key areas for your child’s development. And I’m a true believer that these educational children’s shows is one of the reasons why he is doing so well in school.

And for the most part, both shows are not only popular but they are fun and safe for children.

Overall, if you are a parent looking for a great deal, you can’t go wrong with “Dora & Blue’s Clues Double Feature: Dora Musical School Days & Blue’s Big Musical Movie”.  Educational, fun and you get two DVD releases in one package.
Recommended!


Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

June 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Enjoyable and fun, “Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize” is a welcomed addition to safe, educational children’s television with solid animation, voice acting and positive messages for children. But for the young at heart, it’s also a series that can be appreciated by parents who were and still are “Transformers” fans.

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DVD TITLE: Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize

DURATION: 110 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 2.0 Stereo

COMPANY: SHOUT! KIDS

RATED: TV-Y7

RELEASE DATE: June 2013

Written by Nicole Dubuc, Greg Johnson, Brian Hohlfield

Line Producer: Justin Gladden

Superving Producer: Brian Hohlfeld

Animation Producer: Therese Trujillo

Executive Producer: Jeff Kline

Music by Jeff Eden Fair, Starr Parodi

Featuring the voices of:

Lacey Chabert as Dani Burns

Elan Garfias as Cody Burns

Maurice LaMarche as Chief Charlie Burns

Jason Marsden as Kade Burns

Shannon McKain as Graham Burns

Steve Blum as Heatwave

Parvesh Cheena as Blades

D.C. Douglas as Chase

Imari Williams as Boulder

LeVar Burton as Doc Greene

Diamond White as Francine Greene

Jeff Bennett as Huxley Prescott

Kath Soucie as Elma Hendrickson

Tim Curry as Doctor Morocco

Robbie Daymond as Evan

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS is created specifically for the younger generation of TRANSFORMERS fans and features a group of AUTOBOTS charged with a mission to protect and learn about humans. Stationed by OPTIMUS PRIME on a technologically advanced island, the Rescue Bots – HEATWAVE, BOULDER, BLADES and CHASE – team with a human family of first responders including a police chief, firefighter, rescue pilot and engineer to keep peace and safety in their new found home. Alongside their new human friends, the Rescue Bots learn teamwork and heroism.

The adventures continue for the Rescue Bots – Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder as they try to protect Griffin Rock and learn about teamwork with their human friends in “Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize”, a new DVD from the series featuring five episodes.

For many of us who grew up with “Transformers” and have children, fortunately Hasbro has created toylines to attract younger children and as a parent, I know I have spent quite a bit on “Transformers” toys for my son. But one thing that I have always wished for, was a show that was targeted for children and was educational.

Fortunately, Hasbro has come up with “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, and educational series that focuses on safety. But also, has the vehicles that young boys would love to play with.

Developed by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld and Jeff Kline, “Transformers: Rescue Bots” features the voices of Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias, Mauriece LaMarche, Jason Marsden, Steve Blum, Shannon McKain, Parvesh Cheena, D.C. Douglas, Imari Williams, LeVar Burton and Diamond White.

With 26-episodes created and having aired on television, “Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize” will be released on DVD in June 2013 courtesy of Shout! Kids.

The first pilot episode introduced to viewers of how the four robots arrive on Planet Earth and meet with Optimus Prime. He learns that the four are members of a Rescue Team and have been in stasis for some time. They also learn that Cybertron is no more and that they are the only Rescue-Bot team that has survived. In order to put their skills to use, Optimus Prime has given the four rescue bots an order to work with humans and use their skills as first response rescuers. The four robots take their shape of Earth’s rescue vehicles. Chase is a police car, Heatwave is a fire engine, Boulder is a bulldozer and Blades is a rescue helicopter.

The four end up at in the city of Griffin Rock where they work with Chief of Police Charlie Burns, who also leads the Rescue Team which his children, Kade (firefighter), Dani (rescue helicopter pilot) and Graham (construction engineer). The youngest of the Burns family is Cody Burns. Despite his age, he is the second person (his father was the first) to discover that the Rescue Bots were robots but have intelligence and may not be of this world.

But despite being a smart kid for his age, his older brothers and sister don’t listen to him because he’s a kid.

As Chief Burns assigns a Rescue Bot to his kids, the Rescue Bots have difficulty trying to listen to the orders set by the kids and wonder why they are even working with them and complain to Optimus Prime. But Optimus reassures them that they will eventually find a way to work with humans but it’s also a direct order from him. Fortunately, the Rescue Bots tend to respect Cody because of his kindness but his openness to help the Rescue Bots learn about humans and Earth.

And sure enough, after it was revealed to the Burns children that the Transformers are in fact aliens, The Rescue Bots tell Chief Burns that they will only work with them if Cody is part of the team.

And thus, Cody is brought into the team and with each episode, the Burns family and the Rescue Bots take on a variety of missions to help and rescue people.

In “Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize”, the five episodes are as follows (with spoilerless summaries):

  • Episode 7 – Cody on Patrol – Cody wants to be part of the action, but all he has is a go-kart.   Wanting to make a difference, what happens when he visits Doc Greene’s lab and puts nanite fuel into his go-kart?
  • Episode 6 – Walk on the Wild Side – After the Rescue Bots learn about humans having pets, Boulder goes exploring for a pet at the zoo?
  • Episode 9 – Christmas in July– What happens when the weather machine goes crazy during the summer and snow and winter temperatures begin to affect Griffin Rock.
  • Episode 10 – Deep Trouble – What happens when Heatwave comes across a mechanical shark underwater?
  • Episode 11 – Return of the Dinobot – Doc Greene and Frankie introduced their new dinosaur robot…Trex.  But what happens when someone hacks into Trex?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Transformers: Rescue Bots” is a series created to attract young children. My son told me it reminds him of “Curious George” because of the character design, but the series looks great. Animation is well-colored and shaded. Backgrounds are colorful and detailed. I was pretty impressed of the amount of detail because this series is targeted towards children.

Also, another plus was the fact that the series has veteran voice talent but also actresses and actors involved in this series. You have Peter Cullen, the main voice of Optimus Prime involved with the series, Steve Blum (“Cowboy Bebop”, “Naruto Shippuden”), Parvesh Cheena (“Barbershop” films), Jason Marsden (“Spirited Away”, “The Fairly OddParents”). As with actress Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five”, “Mean Girls”) and LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Reading Rainbow”). The series is well acted and dialogue is clear and understandable.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize” comes with printable coloring sheets. (Note: You need to use your DVD as a DVD-Rom on your computer to access the sheets).

The adventures continue for the Rescue Bots and for the family that grew up with “Transformers”, what better than to introduce your children to the robots with a series created for children!

At the Amith household, “Transformers” is part of father and son. My son grew up watching the original series to “Transformers: Cybertron”, “Transformers: Animated” and like many children around the world, “Transformers” was probably a big part of their parent’s childhood.

When I grew up, we had the original animated series featuring the G1 Transformers. But I have always felt that if they made “Transformers” for younger children, it would be a magnificent achievement for Hasbro. They know the kids love the Transformers toys, the Happy Meal toys, even the toys that are targeted to younger children, but all they need was the animated series to help push these toys. Of course, for a younger demographic.

A storyline that could be educational and they can learn from it.

“Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize” is that series. And I enjoyed the concept of creating four rescue bots that would help out a community. Robots that deal with firefighting, police, air rescue and construction. And as children love playing with firetrucks, tow trucks, police cars and helicopters, creating a series that revolves around bots that can transform into these vehicles is fantastic!

And while the series does revolve around a young boy, trying to fit in and learning about safety hazards, the series also allows children to learn about teamwork, and the role of emergency workers. As for parents and those who grew up with the series, it’s not a series that is educational in the sense like “Dora the Explorer” or “Blue’s Clues” but straightforward episodes about family of rescue workers, involved in teamwork, safety and saving lives.

As for the DVD “Energize”, you get the first five episodes plus printable coloring sheets (via DVD-Rom). The animation for the series is pretty unique for a “Transformers” series and my son did comment that it looks like something you would watch from PBS or “Curious George”. But the robots are well-shaded, the series is colorful and unlike other children’s series where art backgrounds tend to be focused on. There is a lot of work that went into the character animation and overall look of the Rescue Bots, may they be in vehicle or robot mode.

Overall, I may sound biased towards this series because I grew up as a “Transformers” fan, as did my son. But for a series targeted towards children, I was quite impressed by the animation and each episode’s storyline.  There are positive adult characters but also children as well, so parents can look at this series as a safe children’s animated series for their children but also feature episodes that the whole family can enjoy.

Enjoyable and fun, “Transformers: Rescue Bots – Energize” is a welcomed addition to safe, educational children’s television with solid animation, voice acting and positive messages for children. But for the young at heart, it’s also a series that can be appreciated by parents who were and still are “Transformers” fans.

Definitely recommended!

Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Join Lucky and friends as they try to help their fellow pups find new homes in “Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption”! Featuring five family fun episodes that your children will enjoy!

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DVD TITLE: Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption

TV SERIES AIR DATE: 2010-2011

DURATION: 5 Episodes (2 Hours)

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 2.0 Stereo

COMPANY: Shout! Kids/Hasbro Studios

RATED: TV Y7

RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2013

Directed by Richard Weston, Jes Humphrey, Rachel Lipman

Written by Bart Jennett

Executive Producer: Stephen Davis

Co-Executive Producer: Bart Jennett

Music by Daniel Ingram

Edited by Daniel Frome

Art Direction by Tim Deacon

Featuring the voices of:

Yvette Nicole Brown as Cookie

Eric McCormack as Lucky

John Di Maggio as Niblet

Michael Rapaport as Squirt

Alanna Ubach as Strudel

Rene Auberjonois as McLeish

M. Emmet Walsh as Olaf

Kath Soucie as Babette

Kevin Michael Richardson as Announcer

Betty White as Agatha McLeish

Join Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, Strudel and Squirt – The Pound Puppies as they continue their quest to find a pup for every person and a person for every pup!  That’s the motto for this team of loyal canines and they won’t rest until they’ve succeeded!  But is it too hard a mission to accomplish? Not for the Pound Puppies!

A new Pound Puppies DVD is here and this time, Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, Strudel and Squirt try to help pups find a new home in “Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption”.

What is “Pound Puppies”?

“Pound Puppies”, the popular toy franchise from Tonka (which is now owned by Hasbro) that entertained young boys and girls with an animated series and toys which lasted from 1986 through 1989.

Similar to Hasbro’s animated TV series marketed to children, such as “Transformers”, “My Little Pony” and “G.I. Joe”, many adults who grew up with the series, collected the toys and hoped for a new series for their children and the next generation of fans who are passionate for the new toyline.

In Oct. 2010, “Pound Puppies” was the latest Hasbro Studios animated series to appear on The Hub and is produced by Paul and Joe Productions.

While the original toyline featured puppies with droopy eyes and floppy ears and a series about a group of puppies looking for a new home, this incarnation of “Pound Puppies” features a similar storyline, but this time the group are dogs that have human-like intelligence and live in a dog pound Shelter 17.

The Pound Puppies and a few squirrels operate a secret underground facility beneath the dog pound and try to help puppies find homes. Their motto is “A pup for every person, and a person for every pup” and they help the dogs from being detected by the dog pound’s human staff.

In each episode, the Pound Puppies try to help a different dog with their challenge. And help to match that dog with a new owner.

The main character of the series is Lucky (voiced by Erin McCormack) who is the chief commander. His group consists of a boxer named Cookie (voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown) and is Lucky’s second-in-command. Niblet (voiced by John DiMaggio), who is a huge and clumsy sheepdog, Strudel (voiced by Alanna Ubach), a genius dachshund who creates inventions for the Pound Puppies and Squirt (voiced by Michael Rapaport), the streetsmart chihuahua.

The following episodes are included in this DVD:

  • (EPISODE 7) King of the Heap – Tyson the Rottweiler wishes to get adopted by the owner of the junkyard but instead, he adopts Niblet.
  • (EPISODE 13) Taboo – What happens when the Pound Puppies (except Lucky) believes that Taboo is bad luck.
  • (EPISODE 18) Snow Problem – The Pound Puppies become sled dogs to help a Siberian Husky named Tundra.
  • (EPISODE 27) Zipper the Zoomit Dog – Squirt reveals his secret past and wants to train Zipper in catching discs, but is there another reason for Squirt wanting to train Zipper?
  • (EPISODE 31) There’s Something About Camelia – The Pound Puppies try to help a dog named Camelia find a new home.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption” is presented in 1:78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and 2.0 Stereo. The series features a colorful palette with a lot of colors and character designs that will appeal to young children. Picture quality is good and dialogue and music is crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption” comes with no special features.

EXTRAS:

  • Adoption Certificate – If you put the DVD in a DVD drive on your computer, you can print out an adoption certificate.

For young or the young at heart, “Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption” is another enjoyable DVD featuring five animated episodes featuring more adventures of Lucky and friends as they try to help other pups find new homes.

From Niblet learning a lesson in the junkyard to Lucky reminding his fellow Pound Puppies to not judge other dogs and more, there is not doubt that children will love this latest “Pound Puppies” DVD!

Back in the ’80s, my sister was a big collector of “Pound Puppies” (and also “My Little Pony”) and my familiarity with the series is more of the commercials that aired on television at the time.

And as a parent who have seen Hasbro bring back a lot of these popular ’80s series (and toyline) for a new generation of children, for any parent who grew up with the toys or the original animated series, will no doubt enjoy this release, especially if they want to share it with their kids.

The series is accessible for both young boys and girls as there are male and female canine characters featured. Also, the storyline leans more towards a savvy group of dogs who try to help other dogs find a home.

The series is rather upbeat and fun, where as its counterpart “My Little Pony” is a bit more dramatic, this animated series is more comedy and definitely geared towards young children.

The animated series is absolutely safe and there is a message to be learned with each episode. The DVD features five fun episodes plus a printable adoption certificate.

Overall, “Pound Puppies” is a fun animated series for children and if you are looking for a fun series featuring canine with human-like intelligence, definitely give this DVD, “Pound Puppies – Mission: Adoption” a chance!


Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks! (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

June 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Have your young children sing and dance with Dora and Boots in “Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!”.  Featuring three fun, educational episodes!

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DVD TITLE: Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!

DURATION: 69 minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Full screen format, Dolby Digital – English Stereo

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2013

Created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner

Executive Producer: Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes

Story Editor: Rosemary Contreras

Supervising Producer: Jeff DeGrandis

Producer: Miken Wong, Marc Amiel

Supervising Directors/Consulting Producers: Kuni Tomita, Henry Lenardin-Madden

Directed by George Cialtas, Allan Jacobsen

Featuring the voices of:

Fatima Ptacek as Dora/Flowers

Regan Mizrahi as Boots/Bushes

Aidan Gemme as Benny/Coconut Tree/Animals

Oscar Hutarra as Tico/Animals

Skai Jackson as Isa/Animals

Mike Smith Rivera as Boat/Rocks/Animals

Alexandria Suarez as Backpack/Mango Tre/Animals

Marc Weiner as Map/Swiper/Fiesta Trio

Join dora and Boots on a Sing-Along adventure!  Plus, bring Baby Bongo to his first music show and meet Map’s nephew, Little Map!

It’s that time again for a new “Dora the Explorer” DVD and this time, your young children can rock out, sing and dance with Dora and Boots in “Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!”.

Featuring three episodes, “Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!” includes the following episodes

  • Dora Rocks! – Benny forgets to send invitations for his Sing-Along Party.  Dora and boots need your help taking their microphone to his barn so they can call everyone to the fiesta!
  • Baby Bongo’s Big Music Show – Dora and Boots try to help Baby Bongo get to the Big Music Show.
  • Little Map – Map has taught Little Map how to draw pictures for adventures. Is Little Map ready to father his father’s footsteps?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!” have headed to a new direction animated wise in the past year as the animation has become so much cleaner. The backgrounds are well-detailed and CG generated. Even Dora, Boots and friends seem to have more shading for their colors and more frame animations. Even the map is now entirely in CG. The special is presented in full screen but is vibrant with the bright colors.

The bonus episodes also feature a more CG art backgrounds but you can tell that with “Dora’s Easter Adventure”, the production for the Easter episode is more detailed and vibrant.

Audio is presented in Dolby Digital and dialogue and music is crystal clear.

“Dora the Explorer: Egg Hunt” features episodes from 2004, so picture quality is not as good as vibrant “Dora’s Easter Adventure”. There is a bit of compression but children will more than likely not care about the picture quality. Audio is clear and understandable.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!” comes with no special features.

I know for my family and I would assume for many other families, “Dora the Explorer” has helped a lot of children. May it be to introduce them to Spanish or increasing their decision making skills, the series continues to be popular in America and in other countries.

And with the release of the “Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!”, the series takes a bold step forward in terms of look and quality. I am not exactly sure if this is how “Dora the Explorer” will look from here on in but if so, parents will happy to know that the series features better animation and backgrounds that are detailed and colors that are much more vibrant. I was pretty impressed with how things look and you will definitely notice a bump up in animation and art backgrounds.

While the DVD does not come with extra special features, you do get two bonus episodes with “Baby Bongo’s Big Music Show” and “Little Map”.

My young son literally grew up in his young toddler years watching Dora and through this series, it was very helpful in helping him develop skills on decision making and also learning a little Spanish. And I’m a true believer that these educational children’s shows is one of the reasons why he is doing so well in school.

I can easily remember watching him and seeing him really get into the series and taking part in the challenges. And now he’s older, doing exceptionally well in school but he has done well since kindergarten and even pre-school and I would like to think that children’s series such as “Dora the Explorer” were one of the reasons for why he is doing well.

Where most of the “Dora the Explorer” TV shows have been instrumental in teaching children Spanish and counting as well as teamwork, the same can be said about this latest DVD.

Overall, “Dora the Explorer: Dora Rocks!” is another fun and educational DVD for parents or relatives looking for safe, educational episodes for their young child. Recommended!


Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days! (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

May 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!” is an educational and fun DVD for your younger children and theme is exploring various adventures during the summer.  May it be going to the beach, going camping, visiting a circus and more!   If you are a parent looking to keep your children occupied, entertained and educated during the summer, I can easily recommend this DVD!

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DVD TITLE: Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!

DURATION: 6 Episodes (138 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2013

Created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull

Executive Producer: Jonny Belt, Robert Scull

Supervising Producer: Ellen Martin

Casting by Maria Estrada, Leslie Zaslower

Featuring the Voices of:

Zachary Gordon as Gil

Brianna Gentilella as Molly

Jelani Imani as Goby

Reyna Shaskan as Oona

Eamon Pirruccello as Nonny

Angelina Wahler as Deema

From the beach to the circus to a night under the stars, join the Bubble Guppies as they swim into activities perfect for summer in these six swim-sational episodes!

With the summer time now upon us, how do you keep your young child entertained but also educated at the same time?

Available in May 28, 2013 is “Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!” and theme is summer time and the Bubble Guppies take a trip to the beach, go camping, also other fun episodes to keep your child occupied during the summer.

What is “Bubble Guppies”?

The children’s educational series featured on Nickelodeon, “Bubble Guppies” is created by Jonny Belt and Robert Skull and features a group of mermaid pre-schoolers. Similar to popular children’s series such as “Dora the Explorer” and “Blue’s Clues”, “Bubble Guppies” helps children with their social skills, science, math, literacy and more, as the pre-schoolers learn from their teacher (a fish named Mr. Grouper) and learn about stories in which the Bubble Guppies sing along too.

The series focuses on six kids, Molly and Gil (the main characters), Goby, Deema, Oona and Nonny who are taught by Mr. Grouper, an orange and yellow fish who tells the children a fairy tale. Because the kids have a wild imagination, Mr. Grouper would tell a fairy tale in which the kids imagine themselves being part of.

With the release of the DVD “Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!”, this brand new DVD features six episodes (from season 1 and 2) with the children learning the various jobs that are out there.

Included are the following episodes:

  • The Beach Ball!Molly and Gil head to the beach and they hear from Sandy there may be a party!
  • The Legend of Pinkfoot! – Deema meets a group of crab scouts who are camping.  Meanwhile, the Bubble Guppies go camping!
  • Bring on the Bugs! – It’s the Big Bug Parade and the Bubble Guppies are marching with ants and buzzing with the bees!
  • The Sizzling Scampinis! – In this episode, Molly and Gil pass by a circus tent on their way to school.
  • Bubble Duckies! – Molly and Gil pass by a duck pond and see a duck family and meet the smallest member, “Beep”.
  • Gup, Gup and Away! – Gil, Deema and the Bubble Guppies go past the airport on their way to school and become interested in flying an airplane.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

“Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!” is presented in full screen, Dolby Digital English Stereo.

The series is created in CG, while not as detailed when compared to Nickelodeon’s “Team Umizoomi” series, the series is still child-friendly as the characters are presented in an easy to watch, cute kid format as the children have big eyes and are often traveling in adventures. It’s a colorful series that I’m sure children will love.

As for audio, audio is clear and understandable. And with the many music tracks featured throughout the film and series, your young child will no doubt be dancing with the many musical tunes featured.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!” comes with no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!” comes with a slipcover.

“Bubble Guppies” is another  fun, enjoyable and educational entry for younger children and parents who are looking for a safe children’s DVD for their kids. The series is targeted for both boys and girls and similar to “Dora the Explorer” and “Blue’s Clues”, the series allows children to make decisions, improve their social skills, science, math and literacy. And of course, the series features a lot of music that will make your children dance and sing.

With “Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!”, this is a pretty cool DVD as it helps children explore various adventures during the summer.  May it be going to the beach, going camping, visiting a circus and more!

Featuring six episodes that will keep your child occupied during the summer, this series that will appeal to children and for parents who want something new and different from the older and longer-running series featured on Nickelodeon. I feel the series is also much more accessible because it features children in a school setting, having friends and of course, children of different ethnicities. So, for parents trying to ease their children into pre-school or kindergarten, “Bubble Guppies” is a series that can do just that.

Overall, “Bubble Guppies” is fun and educational children’s series that parents will definitely want to look into for children around 3-5 years old.

If you are looking for a fun series that involves decision making with plenty of music, I definitely recommend “Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!”.


Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes (a J!-ENT Children’s DVD Review)

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With the release of “Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes”, the episodes are pretty fun as the theme is pretty much about animals and Team Umizoomi having to help the animals return to their owner or back home. But if anything, you get four fun, educational episodes that your young children will absolutely love!

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DVD TITLE: Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes

DURATION: 4 Episodes (91 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen, Dolby Digital

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2013

Written by Soo Kim, Michael Smith, O. Kevin Strader, Brian L. Perkins, Jennifer Twomey, Jeff Borkin, Sascha Paladino, Clark Stubbs

Produced by Soo Kim, Michael Smith

Executive Producer: Jennifer Twomey

Co-Executive Producer: Soo Kim

Associate Producer: Max Goodman

Supervising Producer: Michael Smith

Coordinating Producer: Amy Steinberg

Edited by Dave Courter, Anthony V. Orkin, Morgan-William Turner

Series Production by Linda Beck, Bruce Knapp

Featuring the voices of:

Ethan Kempner as Geo

Donovan Patton as Bot

Sophia Fox/Madeleine Rose Yen as Milli

Team up with Team Umizoomi on four fantastic animal missions! Help Milli, Geo, and Bot get Purple Monkey to his new Monkey Jungle home at the zoo, rescue Buster the dog at a construction site, fix the Cuckoo Bears’ clock, and find all of Farmer Dan’s missing animals!

Can you help Milli, Geo and Bot take part in missions to help animals? Find out in the latest children’s DVD “Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes”.

In 2010, Nickelodeon unveiled their new educational and animated children’s TV series titled “Team Umizoomi” and now the latest DVD has been released.

“Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” features Milli, Geo and Bot as they use their math powers to save the day! Featuring three episodes that help children in number identification, shape matching, measurement and more!

What is “Team Umizoomi”?

For those not familiar with “Team Umizoomi”, it is a children’s series that helps with their decision making, identification and math, “Team Umizoomi” takes place in Umi City where Milli, Geo and Bot would help people solve their problems by going on adventures and utilizing their Mighty Math Powers to keep Umi City running smoothly.

Six-year-old Milli Umi is known for her math skills, patterns and measuring and can change her dress to any pattern by singing her song “Pattern Power”. Her 5-year-old brother Geo loves to ride his Super Skates but also has math abilities and knows his shapes and he wears a shape belt that can create anything shape-based while singing his song “Super Shapes”.

Together they team up with their 32-year-old robot “Bot” who loves to sing and dance and his Belly Belly Belly Screen is how Team Umizoomi are able to communicate with the real world and friends who are in need.

Included on this “Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” DVD are:

  • Purple Monkey Mission – Team Umizoomi visits the zoo and find out that the zoo is bringing a baby purple monkey.  But the monkey has fallen off the truck and is in the wrong exhibit.  Can you help Team Umizoomi bring the baby purple monkey back to the right exhibit?
  • Buster the Lost Dog – Team Umizoomi join Anna and her brown puppy, Buster and watch him sit, jump and fetch.  But during a game of fetch, Buster accidentally jumps into a blue truck which leaves the park.  Can you help Team Umizoomi bring Buster back to Anna?
  • Cuckoo Bears –  Team Umizoomi comes to watch the mechanical band of bears “Cuckoo Bears” at the park but when wind causes problems for the bear’s gears, the gears come off and are lost and the Cuckoo Bears lose their power.  Can you help Team Umizoomi find them and return the gears back to the Cuckoo Bears.
  • Animal School House! – Team Umizoomi has to help Farmer Dan who has lost ten of his farm animals that wandered off to Umi City School. Can you help Team Umizoomi find the animals and return them?

VIDEO & AUDIO:

Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” is fully rendered in CG with occasional appearances by real life kids who interact with the team. The series is presented in full screen format and the DVD is presented in Dolby Digital English Stereo. There are no subtitles but Closed Captions are included.

The series is among the newer series on “Nick Jr.” and is vibrant with colors and for the most part, PQ is very good! In fact, it’s probably the most detailed animated children’s show on television right now.

As for audio, dialogue is easily clear and had no problems with video or audio during my viewing of the four episodes.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” comes with no special features.

EXTRAS:

“Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” comes with a double-sided sheet about drawing shapes, learning patterns, counting and more!

It’s time for a brand new “Team Umizoomi” DVD for the little ones and what best than to have animal-themed episodes on DVD!

“Team Umizoomi” is a children’s animated series that has been getting a lot of buzz by many parents due to its colorful and detailed presentation, its music and for being educational and a lot of fun.  Math is the series’ biggest feature, which is wonderful for the younger children who are learning math for the first time!

And it’s about time that Nickelodeon showcased a newer educational series (which I have to say, looks very awesome in character design and detailed colorful art backgrounds) that focuses primarily on math but also helping children in making decisions with the choices presented to them in each episode. So, children will learn about numbers, shapes, counting, patterns and more!

With the release of “Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes”, the episodes are pretty fun as the theme is pretty much about animals and Team Umizoomi having to help the animals return to their owner or back home. But if anything, you get four fun, educational episodes that your young children will absolutely love!

Overall, your young children will love this entertaining and colorful series and parents who want to encourage their children in learning math!

If you are a parent looking for an educational DVD that is math-driven, “Team Umizoomi: Animal Heroes” is highly recommended!


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