Spring Kid’s DVD Review – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers
Yes, it’s Spring! The kids should be on their Spring Break! The weather should be getting warmer…err…somewhere, I think. As for the Northeast, we are still getting snow showers. In any case, we have some great family friendly DVDs that can be used while traveling, during downtime for the kids, or, to cozy up to until Spring finally does decide to make it’s way to us!
Martha & Friends: Martha’s Magnificent Egg
Easter is one of Martha’s favorite Holidays! Join Martha and Friends as they create and craft their Easter baskets to enter an Easter contest. Everyone wants to win the prize but Martha shows us that winning is not everything and that helping a friend in need is more important.
I watched this sweet DVD with my niece and her friend, who are both 5-years-old. Although Martha is “new-to-the-scene” for me in children’s DVDs, she is still the very relatable, sweet and knowledgable “character” I am familiar with from her home decorating shows. I enjoyed seeing Martha in cartoon form. It gave her persona a different “feel.” One that young children could admire and learn from. Especially since Easter is just days away! Martha will always have the Holiday prepared perfectly! And that’s always a “good thing!”
Run time: 22 minutes
Format: Full Screen
The Garfield Show: Spring Fun Collection
Garfield invites you to join him this spring! So grab your camera and head on outside as Garfield and his friends embark on a series of adventures. Watch as he almost gets thrown out of the house when Jon becomes allergic to cats. Then take a break and head on to the farm as Garfield joins in the daily raising of his farm animal pals! All seems to be going well until he ends up saving a blue bird from a hungry cat and almost gets caught by a dogcatcher. There is never a dull moment when Garfield is around!
Even though my son is 9-years-old, he loves Garfield. I really don’t think you need to be any particular age to love Garfield! He just catches your heart! Since my son has a bad cold during his Spring Break, we’ve been bringing out quite a few DVDs to chase some of the boredom away. Yes, Garfield was at the top of the list! We literally rolled over and laughed at Garfield’s antics and sarcastic humor! Really now, how can you not enjoy a cat with such a wry sense of humor! Something tells me that my son is not going to let this DVD collect any dust!
Run Time: 74 minutes
Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures
‘The Bears are back’ in an all-new CGI animated series Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures debuting on DVD, Digital Download and Video On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Care Bears embark on all-new exciting adventures with a fresh new look, new attitude and all-new music. These lovable Bears premiered on The Hub TV Network in June 2012 and garnered over 6 million unique views. Re-created with CGI animation, this all-new DVD includes a share and care sing-along in addition to the four adventures. Come back to Care-a-lot and join Cheer Bear, Share Bear, Tenderheart Bear and all of the Care Bears in Care Bears: Totally Sweet Adventures.
I remember sitting down with my son when he was a toddler watching the Care Bears on television and rented DVDs. When I sat down with my toddler nephew, the same lovely feelings came rushing back. There really is something magical about the Care Bears. This DVD is no exception. It emanates all of the splendor in the world for young children. I adore the Care Bear series. This DVD is a fresh reminder of that!
Running time: 88 minutes
A TURTLE’S TALE 2: SAMMY’S ESCAPE FROM PARADISE
The beloved heroes of A Turtle’s Tale return for more fun and adventure in the heartwarming and hilarious adventure, A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise, debuting on DVD from STUDIOCANAL and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. This delightful tale of Sammy the sea turtle follows his ongoing adventures with his best friend Ray and their grandkids Ricky & Ella as they demonstrate important lessons about teamwork, persistence and caring about the environment.
A heartfelt story perfect for the whole family, A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise also features music from Country Music Star and recent Grand Ole Opry inductee Darius Rucker. When Sammy and Ray find themselves trapped in The Tank, an underwater restaurant/aquarium, they must hatch a plan to escape and reunite with their grandkids Ricky and Ella. But they’ll have to get past Big D and his dopey thugs first. With the help of some unlikely friends, Sammy and Ray find that when you work together anything is possible!
I wasn’t familiar with Sammy, although my niece and nephew were when we all reviewed this DVD together! The two of them, talking a mile a minute, brought me fully up-to-date on all of Sammy’s adventures from his initial DVD! This one had them just as excited and glued to their seats. I couldn’t help but make associations with some of the “Sammy”characters with “Nemo.” It brought back delightful memories and introduced me to the new oceanic group of friends who will win your heart!
Running time: 93 Minutes
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Wishing all of our readers a very Happy Easter,
Happy Passover and Happy Spring!
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