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Baby Einstein: Baby Beethoven

Disney // 2008 // 28 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // November 6th, 2008

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All Rise...

Even though Judge Franck Tabouring listened to plenty of classical music as a baby, it didn't make him a genius.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Baby Einstein: Baby's First Sounds (published April 30th, 2008), Baby Einstein: Discovering Shapes (published August 8th, 2007), Baby Einstein: Lullaby Time (published November 2nd, 2007), Baby Einstein: My First Signs (published April 4th, 2007), and Baby Einstein: Numbers Nursery (published August 12th, 2004) are also available.

The Charge

Upbeat music inspires active playtime.

Opening Statement

As part of the popular Baby Einstein series, Baby Beethoven combines classical music with colorful images to capture your baby's attention and give you the opportunity to play interactive games with your child.

Facts of the Case

This 28-minute program is a mixture of brief puppet shows, moving objects and colorful toys designed to help parents introduce their children to some of Beethoven's most famous works while encouraging them to take part in fun activities such as making music themselves or dancing to the sounds on the screen.

The Evidence

Programs such as this one are quite hard to review, especially because they lack a consistent story. Of course, that's the basic purpose of each of these Baby Einstein shows, which attempt to depict things the way babies perceive them. Also, many experts out there believe classical music helps stimulate a baby's brain, and if that's indeed the case, Baby Beethoven is definitely worth the investment.

While the show is also designed to provoke interactions between parent and child, the colorful nature of the program may even help keep your baby quiet and engaged for half an hour. The variety of toys, puppet shows and other appearances of real children playing instrument is harmless and at times even cute, offering young viewers plenty of light but captivating entertainment. Additionally, listening to Beethoven's upbeat works is always a pleasure, if you consider yourself a fan of classical music.

Frankly, that's all there is to say about this program. The disc comes with a full frame transfer, which considering the nature of the show, is quite satisfying. The stereo sound transfer works just as well.

The Baby Beethoven DVD comes loaded with a bunch of special features. In "10 Years of Discovery," show creator Julie Clark spends some time reading letters from fans she got over the past years, answering several questions about how she got the idea for these programs and how she started developing them. The bonus material also includes "Together Time Tips," an eight-minute extra during which Julie gives parents some tips on how to watch the Baby Einstein DVDs with the babies and interact with them.

"Activity Time" includes two segments of footage parents can use to dance with their children, while "Discovery Cars" enables them to engage in an interesting speech exercise. Besides 4 additional puppet shows, the disc also features a catalog of all the toys appearing in the main presentation.

Closing Statement

For those interested in interacting with their babies, this is certainly an excellent program.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 89

Perp Profile

Studio: Disney
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital Stereo (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 28 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• All Ages
• Family
• Interactive
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Toy Catalog
• Puppet Shows
• Together Time Tips
• Activity Time
• Discovery Cards

Accomplices

• Official Site








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