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Our reviews of Go, Diego, Go! Diego's Magical Missions (published March 19th, 2008), Go Diego Go! Fiercest Animal Rescues (published July 24th, 2011), Go Diego Go! Great Gorilla (published July 2nd, 2008), Go Diego Go! Great Panda Adventure (published May 8th, 2010), Go, Diego, Go! It's A Bugs' World (published November 6th, 2008), Go, Diego, Go! Moonlight Rescue (published April 2nd, 2008), Go Diego Go! Rainforest Fiesta (published March 19th, 2009), and Go Diego Go! Ultimate Rescue League (published September 19th, 2010) are also available.
Diego saves the world? Let's not get carried away here.
A spin-off of Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go! debuted on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2005. Aimed at preschoolers and early elementary school kids, it chronicles the educational adventures of Dora's 8-year-old cousin Diego Márquez. Assisted by his friend Baby Jaguar, Diego rescues endangered animals in the rainforest (and elsewhere). The structure of each episode is rigidly formulaic: Diego hears an animal cry out for help, and then he and Baby Jaguar jump into rescue mode. The duo uses basic problem-solving skills, a few gadgets, and help from their audience to save the troubled critters. During each adventure, viewers learn about the animal being rescued and its habitat, as well as a bit of Spanish vocabulary.
Go Diego Go! Diego Saves the World serves up six episodes from the series:
• "Diego the Hero!"
• "Cotton-Top Tamarin"
• "Bengal Tiger Makes a Wish"
• "Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale"
• "Jorge the Little Hawk Learns to Migrate"
• "Egyptian Came Adventure"
The episodes themselves are typical Go Diego Go! fare, which is to say they will inspire joy in the hearts of most young children, and an urge to commit violent crimes in the hearts of most adults. With six episodes and a 148-minute running time, Diego Saves the World is a far better value than the usual three-episode compilations. It's also a solid sampler of episodes across the show's entire run.
As with Dora the Explorer on DVD, the audio/video presentation is acceptable, but underwhelming. The full frame transfers sport decent color, but are a tad soft. They're also plagued by interlacing artifacts, albeit minor ones. Audio is presented in a simple stereo mix that matches the show's broadcast presentation. All in all, the episodes included on Diego Saves the World look and sound only marginally better than they would on Nickelodeon (if at all). But, hey, that won't stop the show's young fans from enjoying what they find here.
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