Nickelodeon // 2010 // 44 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // October 7th, 2010
Get ready to jump, dance, and sing.
Who is Laurie Berkner? A professional musician since 1992, she discovered the world of children's music and promptly began printing money. Her strain of kid-friendly tunes has been described as "kindie rock," which, according to her web bio is "less saccharine, more rocking music that is not dumbed down for children."
Nickelodeon's DVD release packages sixteen of Berkner's music videos together, infused with lots of energy, dancing kids, and band members with smiles permanently carved into their faces.
I'll admit: Berkner's brand of music is infectious. I'm not familiar with these songs, so more power to her for not covering tired old tunes that every toddler south of the Arctic Circle has no doubt heard thousands of times.
The production values are simple, but pleasing. Berkner and her band rock out in colorful locales, constantly flanked by children, and everyone seems to be having a good time. The headliner herself seems to have the most fun, belting out the tunes, dancing around, and interacting with the kids.
And that's about all I have to say. If you're looking for an enjoyable compilation of catchy, family-friendly songs that don't condescend to the kiddos, then The Laurie Berkner Band is for you.
The DVD: a so-so full frame transfer, 2.0 stereo, and some bonus music videos.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 44 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Music Videos
* Laurie Berkner Band