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Harry the Dirty Dog...and More Terrific Tails

Harry the Dirty Dog...and More Terrific Tails

Fall 2003 DVD
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
DVD Price: $14.95
Review:
The animated version of Harry the Dirty Dog, the classic tale of a dog who changes his spots about getting clean, is pleasant though not inspiring, despite the nifty jazz score. But the cartoon adaptation of Officer Buckle & Gloria makes this DVD a worthy view. Actor John Lithgow narrates and wears the hat of Officer Buckle himself, a character whose safety-tip speeches become major crowd pleasers when a talented pooch joins his act. Peggy Rathmann’s book illustrations and text, already funny, become fairly hilarious with the visual additions made to the story by the animators. Preschoolers will enjoy the live-action version of Angus and the Ducks, featuring an adorable Scottish Terrier, but the production feels hokey without the charm of Majorie Flack’s drawings. Viewers can choose a read-along version for all the stories and get three bonus tales, including The Beast of Monsieur Racine, from Weston Woods’ older archives of animated storybooks. (Running time: 60 minutes)
Gregory Keer   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Gregory Keer is a writer, teacher, and father of three boys. Gregg's web site is www.familymanonline.com


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