Disney // 2006 // 56 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 7th, 2007
Legless plastic people have so much to teach us!
Higglytown is inhabited by a diverse selection of bowling-pin shaped people who love to sing and learn about professions. Each 12-minute episode of Higglytown mayhem finds our H-town friends taking off an adventure crammed sideways with singing and laughing. Eventually, there will be a need for the services of a specialist, and with the official Higglytown "hero" song as the intro, the spotlighted professional lands on the scene, belting out a tune about his duties.
Your guides for these educational journeys are pals Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, Kip, and Fran. Four episodes are included in this collection:
* "Bright Sights, Big City"
Higglytown Hero: Taxi driver
* "Ship Ahoy"
Higglytown Hero: Boat captain
* "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Fish"
Higglytown Hero: Submarine captain
* "Ship Ahoy"
Higglytown Hero: Air traffic controller
I've got nothing negative to say about the folks over in Higglytown. This Disney-produced toddler-grist is fun and harmless, and tackles an educational angle that I haven't seen specifically addressed in similar shows: careers. Yeah, the folks given the Higglytown treatment are called "heroes" and that tends to water down the word "hero." I yield to no one my respect for taxi drivers and their ability to endure such a wide range of horrific smells, but I'm reluctant to elevate their profession to the levels of Brigadier General or Hostage Rescue Team sniper.
Regardless, the episodes are fun and music plays a major ole in the storytelling. The computer animation is adequate, though far from groundbreaking. The character design is interesting, what with Higglytownies having the ability to split their torso in two and store things in their colons, like their neighbors.
Since the target demographic is for the just-barely-walking crowd, everything is simplified; don't expect much depth in the storytelling. The purpose of these shows is to simply introduce rugrats the variety of jobs and authority figures roaming the streets or sailing the seas.
Full frame, 2.0 stereo (English and Spanish), with a bonus episode of JoJo's Circus, another Disney cartoon.
Review content copyright © 2007 David Johnson; Site layout and review format copyright © 1998 - 2014 HipClick Designs LLC
Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 56 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* JoJo's Circus Bonus Episode