El Perro y El Gato: Unleashed/ Sin CorreaSpring 2012 DVD
HBO Home Entertainment presents El Perro y El Gato: Unleashed/ Sin Correa, a collection of short animated vignettes that also run on HBO Latino.
El Perro is a high-energy, fast-talking dog and his best buddy is El Gato, a low-key fat purple cat. Although the two pals communicate through a constant mix of English and Spanish, they have no trouble understanding each other - and little viewers won't have any trouble understanding them either, thanks to the program's innovative approach to bilingual education. The bright, uncluttered animation helps to picture-point the storyline, and El Perro frequently pauses for vocabulary reinforcement, aided by on-screen text.
This DVD includes eight separate vignettes, exploring themes familiar to young viewers, such as welcoming a new baby to the family; trying out different musical instruments; eating in a restaurant; and admiring the change of seasons. Somehow, El Perro and El Gato even turn making a sandwich into an adventure, and children aged two to seven will appreciate the duo's off-beat humor.
The DVD retails for $9.95, and that may seem pricey for just 24 minutes of program content. However, El Perro y El Gato: Unleashed/ Sin Correa provides a unique approach to bilingual education, which may add to its value for parents and even preschool teachers with an interest in the educational mission.