Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Titles on Nickelodeon DVD (available now!)

With so many titles to choose from, it is nice to know that Nickelodeon makes the choices easy. So many great shows to choose from with characters that my children love!

For my son, there is:

nickelodeon The Backyardigans
We ARRRR Pirates!

The Premise: Five imaginative neighbors meet in their adjoining backyards to transform themselves and their location for epic adventure. These half hour episodes blend singing, dancing and fantasy. There is no where these friends cannot go with their imaginations.

This DVD contains 4 episodes:
  • Pirate Camp
  • Pirate Treasure
  • Sinbad Sails Alone
  • The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon
My son's favorite was The last episode where King Pablo and his mighty nights are grabbed by the dragon, and Fairy Tasha and Goblin Austin must rescue them. The songs are catchy and the dances have my 19 month old daughter bouncing along. The Backyardigans do a good job of capturing my son's imagination and holding his interest. We took this DVD with us on our vacation to get through the 5 hour drive. It was perfect! I like listening to the songs myself. This movie became available March 8th, and you can find it on shelves now and online at

Run Time is 98 minutes.

He also reviewed:

Spongebob Squarepants:
The Great Patty Caper

I have to admit that I enjoy Spongebob... I even used them when I taught English in Japan. The antics of our favorite sponge transcend language and can be appreciated for their slapstick humor anywhere. And who wouldn't love Gary? The adorable pet snail.

The porous brainchild of creator Steve Hillenburg has grown from a single Saturday morning kids' show to be a pop culture phenomenon. So, you can see why I was very excited to introduce Spongebob to my son.

 This DVD contains 7 episodes:
  • The Great Patty Caper
  • Growth Spurt
  • Stuck in the Wringer
  • Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy
  • The Inside Job
  • Greasy Buffoons
  • Model Sponge
It also includes 3 shorts under Special Features. Run Time is 89 minutes.

My son is still a little young to enjoy the full depth of humor involved in this cartoon. It reminds me a lot of the Looney Tunes I watched as a kid. My parents appreciated the writing, while I enjoyed the explosion and chases. The basic concepts behind the episodes are simple, but the depth is there for many age groups to enjoy. I do have to warn you though, the theme song is highly additctive... "Who live in a pineapple under the sea..." may become a new favorite on car trips!

These episodes are great, with a bit for everyone. Plankton & Mr. Krabs are always good for a laugh and Sandy, SpongeBob's underwater squirrel friend, is one of the more level-headed characters. Yes, a good time is to be had as mayhem and problems plague SpongeBob.

This DVD also was released March 8th and can be currently found on store shelves or to order online.

Also in the mix was a title perfect for my daughter:

Nickelodeon Favorites: 
Sisters & Brothers

My hat goes off to Nickelodeon for putting together such a great compilation. This had all of my daughter's favorite characters, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Blue's Clues, Wonder Pets and Ni Hao, Kai-lan.

For the long car trip this was the perfect selection to keep her happy for hours. I was thrilled! The theme was quite fitting also. I can't say my two children always get along and seeing their favorite characters talk about family and siblings is wonderful.

This DVD contained 6 episodes:
  • Dora the Explorer: "Big Sister Dora"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: "To Babysit a Bobo"
  • Blue's Clues: "The Baby's Here"
  • Wonder Pets!: "KalamaZoo"
  • Wonder Pets!: "Back to KalamaZoo!"
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: "Hoho's Big Flight"
It also contains Team Umizumi music videos on the Special Features. Run Time is 122 minutes.

Since my daughter requests a new show every couple of minutes, popping this in ensures she will get the variety that she wants. I hope Nickelodeon plans on putting more DVD compilations like this together in the future. I will definitely be looking for them.

This DVD was released February 8th and currently available on shelves or online to purchase now.

*Disclaimer- I was sent copies for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
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