Fun Kids DVDs Review! – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


LeapFrog™: The Complete Scout & Friends Collection 

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in educational entertainment, and Lionsgate Home Entertainment joins together once again to release the new LeapFrog™: The Complete Scout & Friends Collection DVD set.  Considered by moms to be the #1 educational toy brand, LeapFrog’s affordable new set features four DVDs, all geared to introduce children to math and early reading skills such as word building, the alphabet, number recognition, counting and more.  The collection includes LeapFrog™: Scout & Friends Phonics Farm, LeapFrog™: Scout & Friends Numberland, LeapFrog™: Scout & Friends The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words and LeapFrog™: Scout & Friends Adventures in Shapeville Park. LeapFrog’s award-winning product portfolio is designed to help children achieve their potential by delivering best-in-class educational curriculum through age-appropriate technology-based platforms, fun toys and engaging content.

Once again, I enticed my niece and nephew to come over to watch this amazing collection. Not to my surprise, they loved it! My son grew up with Leap Frog “Letter Factory” DVDs. I can still hear “The ‘B’ says, ‘Buh'” in my head, based on how often he watched it. But I loved that my son was learning to sound out the letters of the alphabet at age 2. This new collection goes above and beyond the “Letter Factory” series. My 4 year-old nephew and 6 year-old niece were so enchanted following each of the DVDs that they were interacting with each DVD as if an actual instructor was guiding them. I enjoyed watching them call out answers to certain areas they had previous knowledge of and smiled with satisfaction as I watched them learn something new. Their Mom, at my niece and nephew’s pleas, eagerly took the DVD collection home with her. We all want our children to continue to learn, particularly when school is out for the summer!
Price: $29.98
Available now from local and online DVD retailers
Language:    English
Running time: 140 minutes      



Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart -The Movie

In the land of caring and sharing, one little bear’s desire to ignite her Belly Badge creates a storm of adventure in this magical movie about the power of responsibility! Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart – The Movie arrives on DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand August 6 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. With 7.2 million unique viewers on The Hub TV Network (1Q 2013), the popularity of the iconic bears continues to grow. Come along to Care-a-Lot and join your favorite friends on a magical movie adventure! The Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart – The Movie DVD includes two bonus music videos that fans will love!

Yes, my niece and nephew love the Care Bears! Since it has been either raining, oppressively hot, or both, it was a terrific time to have the kids over for the soon-to-be released movie! These two kids felt as if they were at a Hollywood premiere! They kept reminding each other to tell their friends about various scenes that “no one else” had privy too. It was quite adorable watching them enjoy this new Care Bears movie! I admit I had fun watching it with them! We can’t tell you about any special scenes, but we will tell you how cute the bonus music videos were! You just can’t resist two little kids dancing like there is no tomorrow!

With the upcoming release of  Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart – The Movie arriving on DVD next week, I wanted to direct you to additional items, including a cute Friendship Day Card and some fun film clips. Below please find links to download:

Friendship Day Card – International Friendship Day 8/4
Coloring Sheet

CLIP – Responsibility
Tender heart tries to teach Wonderheart and Isabella responsibility:
CLIP – Belly Badge Training 
Grams Bear gives Wonderheart belly badge training:

Price: Combo $14.98
Purchase Date: August 6, 2013 at local and online DVD retailers
Language:    English
Running time: 66 minutes      



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 3 

Cowabunga! Everybody’s favorite pizza-devouring crime fighting classic turtles are back! Lionsgate Home Entertainment recently released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 3 on DVD July 23. This collection brings together for the first time all 47 episodes of the entire third season of the classic ‘80s TV series in a 4-disc DVD set. Tap into radical turtle power and relive all the kung-fu action with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 3!

Right before we sent our son off to sleep away camp, I invited a couple of my son’s friends over for a Marathon Mutant Turtlefest! My son always identifies with Rafael and likes to imitate Rafael’s moves and stunts. The other boys decided to join in, choosing a favorite character, trying to follow the stunts and actions of their respective turtle within each episode. I had to admit, it was a pretty creative idea. It got these kids on their feet, moving their bodies, and following the story lines concurrently! I think they all had one of the best times ever with a DVD series! I wouldn’t be surprised if they came back once my son returns home from camp for more Ninja Turtle action!

Price: $19.98
Available at local and online DVD retailers
Language:    English
Running time: 1,081 minutes        



Power Rangers Samurai: The Ultimate Duel – Volume 5

Six Power Rangers Samurai.  Four final episodes.  One legendary duel.  Power Rangers Samurai: The Ultimate Duel – Volume 5 arrived on DVD and Digital Download July 16 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  In this explosive battle, the Red Ranger finally faces off with Deker for the ultimate duel.  Saban’s Power Rangers Samurai, the #1 Live-Action Kids Action Series, continues to please fans of all ages as it celebrates 20 years of success. Power Rangers Samurai: The Ultimate Duel – Volume 5 features the final four action-packed episodes, along with three videos and a character gallery.

On one of those oppressively hot days, my son came home from Day Camp and just wanted to relax, unwind and cool off with one of the Power Rangers coolest DVDs ever! Together we sat and were both mesmerized by the duel extraordinaire the Power Rangers became entangled in! At certain points, we were both routing for the Power Rangers to get their teamwork in sync to overcome what Deker had provoked! As I’ve come to enjoy seeing how the Power Rangers overcome obstacles encountered, I am equally impressed with how nicely the producers show young fans how individuals are capable of coming together as a unit and defending justice in such an exciting way!

Price: $14.98
Available at local and online DVD retailers
Language:    English
Running time: 92 minutes


Note: Thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.    

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