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Archive for April, 2010
Runaway Ralph. Ralph and his motorcycle have entertained kids for decades, and this video delivers something your entire family can enjoy together. Ralph, a young mouse, decides that he’s going to run away from the hotel his family lives in so he sets out on his toy motorcycle and ends out in a camp where he meets Garf. Things aren’t so great when a mean cat appears in the picture. As Garf and Ralph bond and try to deal with the cat they learn about teamwork, friendship and also come to realize that home might not be such a bad place after all. Our youth viewers loved this “because the mouse thought he could do anything then he saw a car and fell on his motorcycle and was almost eaten by a cat.” They thought the mouse and cat looked fake but they still liked the story. They loved Ralph who they thought was tricky. Starring young Fred Savage, Summer Phoenix, Sara Gilbert, Kellie Martin, Mark Hamill and Nichelle Nichols, “Runaway Ralph” is a delight for all ages. DVD. 60 min.; Ages 5-8. New Video Group.
Cartoons you loved, revamped for your kids and grandkids: Tom and Jerry Tales: The Complete First Season Comes to DVD April 13Saturday, April 10th, 2010
A long-time favorite with kids of all ages, this compilation features 39 animated escapades with Tom and Jerry who go fishing in the Arctic and search for treasure in the deep sea. They are chased by mummies, dragons and a friendly octopus named Morizzio. The two engage in magic duels in a wizard’s lab, chase themselves into a haunted house and zap one another into a digital world. Jerry joins a musical band and Tom propels himself into skies when he dons a jetpack.
“Tom and Jerry continues to be a big hit with kids today because the essence of the show remains the same,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. He added, “The stories and settings surrounding the characters are more contemporary, but the formula never changes, which is what draws viewers to the series. Whether one is a fan of the classic Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts or their newer, contemporary TV cartoons, Tom and Jerry Tales: The Complete First Season is sure to please and delight animation lovers of all ages.”
Tom and Jerry Tales originally aired on Kids’ WB, 2006-2008. This is the first contemporary Tom and Jerry series to have aired on television in over 13 years.
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy Goes Green. The earth is something to celebrate as Wubbzy and his pals go green for Earth Day. We learn about re-using and recycling through the fun, animated tales. We learn about how some good ideas go bad when building a gigantic new playground results in displacing hundreds of animals whose habitat is the trees they are about to chop down. Wubbzy and his friends learn about the importance of water and then discover how plastic water bottles are creating more pollution. Song segments between the episodes re-emphasize the lessons and are catchy enough to have your kids singing along. Our young viewers loved it. Their favorite part is when Wubbzy figured out that he could make playgrounds out of trees so the animals could be saved. Then, he did it. While we get a strong save-the-earth message, the DVD doesn’t come off as too preachy. This video creates an interest in the environment and promotes pro-activity and appreciation of self and others.58 min.; $16.98; Ages 2-5. Starz/Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Giggle, Giggle, Quack…and More Funny Favorites. Get ready to chuckle out loud as smart Duck takes advantage of Farmer’s vacation to stir up some trouble. This delightful collection brings classic stories to the screen with beautiful illustrations and simple narration. Background music and sound effects add to the tales without overpowering them. Learn about the lives of spiders, worms and flies through whimsical stories in the diaries of worms and flies. You probably never thought before how difficult it might be for a worm to do the Hokey Pokey. Learn about the process one has to go through to become president as Duck heads to Washington, DC before deciding his life was much better back on the farm. This compilation of short films makes great use of humor and is just right for elementary school-age kids. Our youth viewers thought the characters were funny and commented on how it was interesting to see the everyday lives of flies and worms. One child got very excited and said that the diaries were his favorite books. They really laughed when the worm thought the money was a leaf. DVD. 57 min.; $14.95; Ages 5-8. New Video Group.
This lovely collection includes 2 shorts. ”Johnny Appleseed” - John Chapman’s (aka Johnny Appleseed) legacy of botanical achievements and the stories he shared with children are presented here at their very best in verse and art. Narrated by Mary McDonnell, with music by Randy Scruggs (11min.). ”Miss Rumphius” - Inspired by a true-life story, Miss Rumphius shows us how we can all make the word a more beautiful place with a simple handful of seeds. Narrated by Clair Danes, with music by John Jennings (17 min.); Length: 28 minutes; Ages 3-8; WESTON WOODS STUDIOS/SCHOLASTIC