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Video/DVD Review:    The Wheels on the Bus Video (Mango & Papaya's Animal Adventure)

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Children's Video/DVD Review: The Wheels on the Bus Video (Mango & Papaya's Animal Adventure)


 

Released: 2003

Reviewed: June 2004

Our Recommended Age: 2-up

Our Rating: A

 

 

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Buy: The Wheels on the Bus Video - Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure (VHS) or The Wheels on the Bus Video - Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure (DVD) 

 

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This lively video, starring puppets and people, is fresh, original, and highly entertaining. Filled with upbeat musical numbers, and featuring The Who's Roger Daltrey, The Wheels on the Bus Video is destined to please children and their parents. 

 

Mango the monkey and Papaya the parrot are looking for their home. They hop on the bus, with Argon the Dragon (voiced by Daltrey) at the wheel, and join a lively cast of characters (both human and puppet) on a wonderful romp to exciting destinations. 

 

Of course, the beloved song The Wheels on the Bus provides the musical framework for the video, with plenty of interludes along the way. Children are introduced to a mother and baby, a clown on his way to a party, a cow who is riding the bus to get to the farm, a construction worker, and more. After all, "everybody's got something they've got to do"... except Mango and Papaya who have forgotten where they live. The puppet pair get off at various fun stops, such as the aquarium, the farm, and the zoo, looking for the place they call home.

 

At the aquarium, viewers are treated to live-action video of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, jellyfish, tropical fish, and the like. At the gas station, a song entitled "Fill it Up!" extends the concept of filling up for gas to the need to fill ourselves up with food and drink. This segment features vibrant visuals.

 

A wonderful bonus movie on the DVD reveals the extraordinary work that went into making the movie. This fabulous bonus is narrated by the little girl star of the video, Janie Laurel Escalle, who was a natural in her role in the video. 

 

This video/DVD is surprisingly fun, with lively, catchy music and a cheerful mood. Very recommended!

 

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A

 

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Reviewed June 2004
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