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Holiday Preview: DVDs

Fun-Loving Characters Teach and Entertain


Abstract art projects and eco-friendly messages make their way into videos for tweens. Also watch out for colorful puppets, an animated blue koala, and programs that aim to help kids learn numbers, language and more in TDmonthly's Holiday Preview of DVDs below. back to main article

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MSRP: $39.95
Age Range: 9 to 12
Target Age Range: 9 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: CP0290
Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



This 74-minute DVD, featuring six artists with diverse talents and backgrounds, aims to inspire young viewers to make art. Activities use simple materials and techniques for projects including Found Object and 3D Sculptures, Self-Portrait Relief Prints, Abstract Art and Folk Art Paintings, Murals and Stained Glass.
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 2 to 5
Target Age Range: 3 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 884501237406
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Videos & DVDs
Educational



Created to entertain and educate preschool children through colorful and lovable live-action puppet characters and animation, the DVD teaches fundamentals such as colors, sizes and shapes with the help of its distinctive characters.
Awards: 2010 Dove Foundation; 2009 KIDS FIRST! Coalition For Quality Children's Media
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 5 to 10
SKU or Item #: NNVG144821
Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Videos & DVDs
Science & Nature



Featuring a guide for parents and kids with tips on how to be green, this DVD includes an adaptation of the beloved folk song "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." It is illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Kadir Nelson and sung by Crystal Taliefero. This DVD features an hour of colorfully animated storytelling for a new generation of eco-conscious kids. Launch date: April 20, 2010.
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Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs



Wubbzy and his friends are heading out on a mysterious adventure. Join the Wuzzleburg gang as they voyage to Dino Island in Widget’s Wavy Wheeler 3000, explore Wazumboo Jungle and try to control a Doodleberry patch that has gone Wow! Wow! WILD! There is no telling who they will meet along the way! Sing and laugh along while learning life lessons about honesty, sharing, friendship and being prepared.
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: All Ages
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 9780843714319
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Videos & DVDs
Novelties



This book and postcard package is an informative visual feast of pop-culture iconography. Featuring spreads on movie icons and individual musical classics, Hollywood Musicals covers show-stopping classics such as "Singin' in the Rain," toe-tapping favorites like "Jailhouse Rock," and modern romps like "Mamma Mia!" "Not only is there an informative book, written by an expert on film and media, about the iconic and glamorous Hollywood Musicals, but there is also the added bonus of six, full-colored oversized postcards," Andrea Sper, Langenscheidt Publishing Group marketing assistant, told TDmonthly.
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Cartoon DVD vignettes on behavioral issues along with a coloring and puzzle book. This set mainly focuses in on valuable lessons for young children such as lending a helping hand, the importance of paying attention, sharing with friends, and being polite.
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Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Christmas
Licensed Products



One of the most beloved family tales of all time comes to life in an enchanting combination of live-action drama and animated adventure. It's the story of a young boy named Toby who is sent by his busy father to spend the holiday season in the home of his stern grandmother. Toby's world instantly changes when he discovers the house's 'magic attic' where three forgotten toys, including a special stuffed rabbit, unlock a world of imagination that will change all their lives forever. The film is directed by Michael Landon, Jr., features the voices of Jane Seymour, Tom Skerritt and Ellen Burstyn, and was produced based on the best-selling book by Margery Williams. Awards: 2009 Dove Family-Approved Seal. "Total sell-through for Christmas 2009 was over 64 percent!" Jennifer Barger, Assistant Brand Manager, Anchor Bay Entertainment, told TDmonthly in spring 2010.
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 3 to 9
SKU or Item #: NNVG218481
Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Animal Figures
Books



"Runaway Ralph" is the third installment of Beverly Cleary’s classic tales building on the adventure and excitement of "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" and "Ralph S. Mouse" (both available on DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures). Maryn Greenberg at New Video Group told TDmonthly, "Runaway Ralph is a stop-motion animation of a classic tale by beloved author Beverly Cleary." Launch date: April 20, 2010.
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 102 to 17
SKU or Item #: CP5300
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



In this educational video, Peggy Flores explains the use of natural fibers in history and then introduces a variety of yarns that can be used to make weavings, as well as the fabrication of looms for the process. She also demonstrates the weaving process and coiling rope wrapped with yarn to shape and create baskets, after which students will be able to enjoy creating colorful yarn weavings at home on a cardboard or coat hanger loom. "An art teacher demonstrates the weaving process and finished examples are shown," Amy Woodworth, President of Crystal Productions, told TDmonthly. Launch date: Feb. 26, 2010.
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MSRP: $19.97
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: November 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Christmas
Licensed Products



Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus came to be Santa? A long time ago, a young boy named Nikolas took on a mysterious mission and created a legend that would be carried on from generation to generation. "Christmas Story" is a magical and heartwarming tale of how the gift-giving tradition was created. Awards: 2009 Dove Family-Approved Seal. Launch date: November 3, 2009.
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Category: Videos & DVDs



Lewis Cardinal’s First Winter/El primer invierno de Luis, el cardinal, is the first of its kind interactive bilingual (English/Spanish) vdoBug compatible DVD from Raven Tree Press’s interactive bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s book of the same name. With the vdoBug children can read along with the book or simply watch the DVD as the pages come to life in either English or Spanish, watch videos of the animals in the book in their natural habitat, listen to music, print out pictures and color along as well as working crossword puzzles with the English to Spanish vocabulary words in the book. This first of its kind DVD and the vdoBug make it fun and so easy for children to move at their own pace while learning to read in their own as well as a second language.
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Launch Date: April 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs



Wow! Wow! Everyone in Wuzzleburg is getting involved in saving the planet! In these earth-friendly episodes, Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy must find a new place for the Wuzzle Bears to live, think up creative ways to reuse juice bottles and learn to grow their own doodleberries. Your pre-schooler will discover important lessons about ecology, harmony, and personal responsibility while enjoying plenty of singing and dancing. Launch Date: Apr. 6th, 2010.
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Age Range: 3 to 8
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs



VdoBug is a DVD remote for children which easily programs to the adult DVD player allowing children to move between interactive pages or chapters of our compatible DVDs. Each compatible DVD comes with a picture cutout with a scene from each chapter which fits under the 10 large buttons so children can easily recognize their favorite chapter.
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Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational



The DVD contains five-minute shorts starring a lovable, animated panda named Little Pim who, along with live-action kids, teaches very young kids themed vocabulary in a foreign language. Little Pim the Panda is now joined by Lola the Elephant and Bob the Bobcat in Disc 6: I Can Count! The DVD is specially designed for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and is available in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. Launch date: early 2010
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Age Range: 2 to 8
Launch Date: August 2009
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Category: Videos & DVDs
Preschool



Quiet Time Tales is created to offer wholesome, educational children’s programming. Each of the 12 DVDs in the collection contains five complete stories read aloud by the gentle character of Grandpa Read. "Most of the shows on Nickelodeon are full of frenetic animation, frenzied dialogue, frantic sound effects, and don’t encourage a sense of calm in children. From the tone of Grandpa’s voice to the static illustrations and the mellow songs, Quiet Time Tales are soothing and relax children," Brad Juhasz, Vice President, Marketing, Quiet Time Productions, LLC, told TDmonthly. Grandpa Read's Quiet Time Tales received a Kids First! endorsement from the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. Launch date: August 2009.
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By combining high quality animation, rich narration, sound effects and music, Moving Picture Books provide a fun and educational digital reading experience for children ages 0-7. There are 38 titles — both classic stories and new favorites — each available in English, Spanish and English Read-Along-Text versions. Our books can be purchased as digital downloads, or DVDs.
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 2 to 7
Target Age Range: 2 to 7
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 79357358974
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational
Books



In Robby The Blue Koala Rides The Discovery Express, Giftofhappiness Media Productions uses fun antics and colorful animation to make learning opportunities out of entertainment. "Parents and teachers see Robby as educational programming disguised as entertainment. Kindergarten fundamentals have never been so easily accessible. But shhh! Let the kids enjoy and keep the secret between us," Giftofhappiness Owner and Founder John Lawrence told TDmonthly.
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Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational
Infant & Toddler



Disc 1 provides fun baby activities on a yoga ball to enhance motor development for 0- to 6-month-olds. Disc 2 provides 19 core exercises for new moms using a yoga ball. In some of the mommy exercises, the baby is also working on tummy time and trunk stability, balance and sitting. "Moms can exercise and engage their new babies all at the same time. They can workout without ignoring their babies or leaving them at home while mom is at the gym. Both discs benefit baby development and bonding to moms," Judy Kang, president of spotlightbaby, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2010. Watch DVD Preview
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Category: Videos & DVDs
Educational



This colorful DVD featuring real-life nature scenes explains about summer solstice, pollination and various insects, summer safety and seasonal foods. Bonus features include sign language, a game, a quiz, a slideshow of images, and a Spanish vocabulary slideshow. A corresponding Activity Book is also available.
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The Bannister family’s new addition, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez)  a former K-9 police hero, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs.  However, when two burglars (led by Dean Cain) set out to break into the Bannister’s home while they’re away for Christmas, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero, proving every dog – even this one – has his day.
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 2 to 10
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Language
Educational
Videos & DVDs



Let's Go Guang! Chinese for Children is a kit for kids to learn Chinese as a second language. Children join Ling and Kai while they visit their grandparents and discover Guang, a fun-loving dragon. It's designed for kids to learn how to properly pronounce about 50 useful everyday Mandarin Chinese words, phrases and sentences, including greetings, introductions and numbers. Each kit includes: DVD: "Meet Guang, the Chinese Dragon" (Animated Feature), "Making Dumplings" (Live footage), and "Mini Lessons and Songs," all in English and Mandarin Chinese; illustrated hardback book: "Story of Meet Guang, the Chinese Dragon with Pinyin"; English audio CD; flash cards with simplified Chinese characters, Pinyin; English Parents/Educator Guide; and vocabulary list.
— "This is a unique, high-quality, high-production toy/product that is effective, yet fun and engaging for kids," Karen Wu Audi, Co-Founder of aha! Chinese, told TDmonthly. "Kids learn Chinese and don't realize that they are learning the language." Awards: 2009 iParenting Media Award; and Dr. Toy's 10 Best Educational and 100 Best Children's Products Awards. Launch date: August 8, 2009.
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 0 to 3
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Infant & Toddler
Videos & DVDs



"Young Minds - Numbers and Counting" teaches young children how to count from 1 to 10 by way of visually counting objects on the screen in an interactive manner. he entire production is set to classical music from Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi and other classical composers. The objects counted on the screen include animals, machines, fruits, vegetables and scenes from nature. "Our DVD has substantially more educational value than other DVDs marketed to this age segment. In addition to numbers, our DVD also teaches animal sounds, colors, and much more," Jason Gibson, owner of Math Tutor DVD, told TDmonthly. This DVD has received the following awards: Dr. Toy Top 100 Best Products 2009; 2009 Dr. Toy Top 10 Best Audio-Video Products 2009; Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) 2009; iParenting Media 2009; Creative Child Magazine Top Choice Award 2009; Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence 2009; and "The Toy Man" Award 2009. Launch date: July 21, 2009.
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 2 and up
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Videos & DVDs
Educational



"Up Down & All Around" is a creative movement/exercise DVD for people of all ages and abilities. The DVD provides resources to develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, strength and balance. It’s designed to be easy to follow, easy to do, and encourage adult-child interactions. "It was designed specifically to be utilized by educators and parents to do with their students and children. ... each of the eight sections of the DVD begin with bulleted objectives. There is also a detailed movement guide ... [that] explains how to do each section of the program in depth, what kinesthetic skills are being addressed, as well as offers fun variations to the exercises. This is a comprehensive program that will help schools and communities meet the National Physical Education Standards as well combat the obesity epidemic," Stacey Pepper Schwartz, founder of Leaping Legs Creative Movement Programs, told TDmonthly. The DVD was awarded Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products 2009 and Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children’s Products 2009. Launch date: December 21, 2008.
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MSRP: $17.97
Age Range: 2 and up
Target Age Range: 2 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
Infant & Toddler



This early learning game for children is designed to be both interactive and progressive. Visually colorful, the DVD features three, 20-minute sessions suited to the attention span of young children. It features three puppets: Oüm, the main character, asks children to participate in his friends' lessons with him; Mimi has a talent for music and Coco, for physical activity. Children and animals appear throughout each of the lessons. Both English and French original versions are included.
Awards: 2010 Creative Child Magazine DVD of the Year Award
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
Gifts



Fundamentals: Think is the second level of our educational video series. It builds upon many concepts introduced in Fundamentals and adds additional subjects for higher order thinking. Video teaches reading by building from letter recognition and phonetics sounds to 3-letter words and simple sentences, and demonstrates geometry, addition and subtraction, and numbers up to 20.
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