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We're on the lookout for some of the latest and greatest kids' video and DVD releases.

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Blue's Room: Meet Blue's Baby Brother

The newest addition to Blue's family is Blue's baby brother. Meet Blue's Baby Brother DVD releases November 14th and features the hour-long special that Nickelodeon aired to enormous ratings success. Kids go on a very special clues hunt, called Gold Clues, in search for Blue's baby brother. It also includes two Blue's Clues episodes in keeping with the theme of a new arrival: The Baby's Here and What's New, Blue? A music video bonus feature is entitled Blue's Big Sister Song. Runs 100 minutes. Fun!

 

 

 

 

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Blue's Clues - Blue's Room - Meet Blue's Baby Brother (DVD)

 

Dora the Explorer: World Adventure!

 

Dora embarks on her first worldwide adventure in an all-new Nick Jr. home entertainment release, Dora the Explorer: World Adventure! -- a double-length adventure premiering exclusively on DVD and VHS on October 10th.

Dora's aim is to save Friendship Day, and to do so, she must travel to the likes of China and Tanzania in search of friendship bracelets. In addition to the double-length feature episode, the DVD edition includes two bonus episodes (The Golden Explorer and Journey to the Purple Planet) very much in keeping with the theme, as well as some cute extras, such as Dora's world music selection.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Dora the Explorer - World Adventure (DVD) or Dora the Explorer - World Adventure (VHS)

 

The Backyardigans

 

In every episode of The Backyardigans, an award-winning preschool television series, the boundless imagination of five friends transforms their adjoining backyards into an amazing adventure, complete with photorealistic backgrounds. The show is highly musical, spirited, and imaginative. Each episode revolves around a group of animal friends, each with a distinct and believable character. As well, a unique music and dance genre is featured in each show. The dance steps are actually performed by real dancers before being recreated in animated format. The Backyardigans: Mission to Mars, available October 10 (one day after the television episode airs on Nick Jr.) on DVD, features an adventure into outer space where the friends discover a Martian city. Alicia Keys voices Mommy Martian and sings an adorable song. There are four episodes on the DVD: the title episode, Samurai Pie, Scared of You, and Whodunit?

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: The Backyardigans - Mission to Mars (DVD)

 

Go, Diego, Go!

Released on September 19th, one day after the title episode's premiere on Nick Jr., Go, Diego, Go! Wolf Pup Rescue features Diego (Dora's cousin) and Dora on a rescue mission to save a lost baby wolf pup. TV personality Kelly Ripa and her son lend their voices to the show's wolf mother and pup. Four episodes are featured on the DVD edition, and two on the VHS edition. This is the second title starring Diego and friends, from the creators of Dora the Explorer. Diego is a spirited, adventurous boy who has a special fondness for wildlife, animals, and nature. He uses his sharp observational skills, along with trusted tools such as a camera, computer, and field journal, to save the day. Children learn assorted facts about animals, such as sloths and condors, as they watch and learn.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Go Diego Go! - Wolf Pup Rescue (DVD) or Go Diego Go! - Wolf Pup Rescue (VHS).

 

Charlie and Lola

Based on the award-winning books by Lauren Child, Charlie and Lola come to DVD. Charlie and Lola Volumes One and Two use 2D CelAction animation, fabric design, paper cutout, photomontage, and other media to bring the storybook world to live. The result is a thoroughly charming and unique format for preschoolers. Actual children voice the realistic dialogue. The format is engaging, and the content very clever. The stories feature Charlie and his little sister Lola. Children are encouraged at all times to use their imaginations, as well as to think for themselves. This is BBC's first-ever preschool property. See our full review of Charlie and Lola.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Charlie and Lola, Vols. 1 and 2

 

Eight Favorite Episodes of Blue's Clues

Blue's 10 year anniversary is celebrated in the DVD release of Blue's Biggest Stories. Eight favorite episodes from the popular series are showcased, as well as a never-before-released episode entitled "Magenta Gets Glasses". Some bonus features, including two Blue's Room shorts, round out this fun package that commemorates the preschooler series quite nicely.

See our full review of Blue's Biggest Stories.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Blue's Clues - Blue's Biggest Stories

 

The Barbie Diaries

The new Barbie Diaries DVD is engaging, but families should be aware that it's too mature for the doll's target audience. The problem is, little Barbie fans are likely to want the latest Barbie video offering. It's well-done, the CGI animation is intriguing, and the songs are snappy, but its focus is on dating and other high school-age issues. For older audiences, there are positive themes revolving around the value of friendship, determination, and self-confidence. Barbie's diary and charm bracelet are magical -- what Barbie writes in her diary seem to come true, offering her the confidence to go after her dreams. Essentially, the story promotes the power of positive thinking.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy: The Barbie Diaries

 

Disney and Baby Einstein Launch a Brand New Series for Little Ones:

The next big thing in preschool fun is Disney's Little Einsteins, a brand new DVD and video series that takes kids on thrilling musical adventures to exciting real-world destinations and encourages them to participate in solving important missions. The first full-length “Little Einsteins” movie is Disney's Little Einsteins: Our Huge Adventure. Led by four animated preschool heroes, Disney's Little Einsteins: Our Huge Adventure is presented via a revolutionary mixed media of animation, real-world footage and art, making it the most exciting new entry into the preschool home entertainment market. On DVD, Disney's Little Einsteins features a bonus “Navajo Maze Set-Top Game,” “Meet The Team” introduction to the Little Einstein characters, and a Disneypedia program. The development of the Disney's Little Einsteins series is led by executive producer Eric Weiner, who is best known for his work as the co-creator of “Dora the Explorer.” Disney's Little Einsteins was created with child development experts and musicians to ensure that the storyline, curriculum and pacing are age appropriate. Created specifically for preschoolers, Disney's Little Einsteins builds on the experiences of the “Baby Einstein™” DVD series and is also supported by a television series that first aired on Disney Channel in the Playhouse Disney block in fall 2005.

For more information or to buy: Disney's Little Einsteins - Our Big Huge Adventure
 


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