El Perro y El Gato: Together Again/Juntos Otra VezSpring 2012 DVD
HBO Home Entertainment presents El Perro y El Gato: Together Again/Juntos Otra Vez, a DVD collection of short animated vignettes that also run on HBO Latino.
El Perro (Dog) and El Gato (Cat) are bilingual best buddies, and in this collection of five separate stories, they share the excitement of a cross-country trip. The two pals communicate through a constant mix of English and Spanish, yet they have no trouble understanding each other. Frequent repetition in both languages, on-screen text, and lively animation help little viewers follow the storylines with no problem without even realizing the bilingual education mission behind all the fun.
In this collection of stories, El Perro and El Gato cover the country via trains, plains, and a rather cool vintage automobile, stopping en route at a town in the Old West and ending up in Hollywood. The trip provides plenty of opportunities for comical sight-gags even adults will appreciate, including plump, purple El Gato walking the Red Carpet. Other segments in this collection tackle good manners and the importance of sharing.
Each vignette is short, sweet, and easy to follow-perfect for viewers in the target age range of two to seven, and the bilingual education is woven seamlessly into the storylines. This DVD collection only totals 25 minutes of program content, though, which isn't much when you consider the retail price of $9.95. Still, El Perro y El Gato: Together Again/Juntos Otra Vez is an effective way to promote bilingual education while also providing kids with genuinely entertaining stories.