Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans "Mission to Mars"

Spring 2007 DVD
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
DVD Price: $16.99
“We’ve got the whole wide world in our yard to explore...” Four stories from the Nick Jr. “Backyardigans” animated television series feature music and dancing as five animal neighbors have imaginary adventures together in their back yards. “Mission to Mars” has the friends riding on the Space Shuttle to music the publicity material calls “Kenyan High Life.” “Samurai Pie” features the quest for the greatest and tastiest pie ever, and combines “Spaghetti Western” music and martial-arts action. ldquo;Scared of You” has a Mad Scientist/Frankenstein-type theme and swing music, and “Whodunit?” is an English country house mystery with vaudeville-type songs. The fun that’s become standard fare to Backyardigans fans.

But the extra measure of charm comes from two of the special features. With a wink and a smile, these two shorts transport preschoolers to music of generations past. Grownup viewers will nod knowingly, and perhaps nostalgically, when Pablo demonstrates the twist in “Hold Tight” and Uniqua harnesses the hop in “A Message A Message”. Elvis may have left the building, but Chubby Checker and Tommy Dorsey are on their way in.

Review   ©2007 Parents' Choice

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