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Pocoyo's World

Pocoyo's World

Fall 2013 DVD
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
DVD Price: $12.99
Review:

This 90-minute DVD collection features twelve CGI-animated stories from Pocoyo, the popular television series for preschoolers. Pocoyo originated in Spain and airs in the U.S. on Nick Jr. Parents will appreciate its cool vibe and eclectic visual and audio details, all of which set it apart from so much of the by-the-numbers children’s programming cluttering our airwaves.

In Pocoyo’s World, a very young boy can make friends with a little cloud or return a fallen star to the night sky. A chorus of children join a narrator and they all speak directly to Pocoyo and the other characters, asking questions about the simple storylines or prompting little viewers to complete an educational task. Much of Pocoyo’s charm comes from pairing brightly animated characters with unexpected motions. Elephants twirl, ducks spring, and Pocoyo himself never simply walks. He strolls, he jogs, he marches, he throws in a tumble and then continues to amble along. Facial expressions are quirky. Characters are endearingly idiosyncratic.

But for all of the knitting ducks and crayon-wielding spiders, Pocoyo’s World is about a lot more than just whimsy. Some episodes, such as “The Seed,” focus on science concepts; many spotlight problem-solving and social skills; and, with inventive animation and spare but smart narration, the episodes foster creativity and promote early education skills such as counting and color and shape identification.

This DVD offers a Spanish-language option and also includes a prompt to visit the Pocoyo website for free coloring pages and games.

Whether children watch this DVD in its entirety or just pop it in to play select episodes, they’re sure to enjoy every moment they spend in Pocoyo’s World.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.


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