Most of Judge Franck Tabouring's socks are more holey than infinite.
Our review of Gustafer Yellowgold's Year in the Day, published April 21st, 2012, is also available.
Clean socks go a long way.
Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock is definitely not your ordinary children's television program. Unlike all those flashy, fast-paced, and wildly animated cartoons kids have grown so used to watching on TV, this series exposes young viewers to a combination of colorful illustrations and engaging songs designed to stimulate the brain and provide an interactive experience parents can actively engage in with their little ones.
With a running time of 35 minutes, the main program features a series of minimally animated drawings accompanying ten energetic songs that help drive the story. In this new adventure, Gustafer, the yellow solarian who now calls Earth his new home, embarks on a colorful mission to find the end of the longest sock he's ever come across. Curious about how life works on our planet, Gustafer soon finds himself exploring all sorts of exciting environments inhabited by high-spirited animals and other bizarre characters.
Although utterly simplistic, the concept of Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock is one many parents welcome with open arms. This series works quite nicely as a mix of basic illustrations paired with harmless and often absurd pop songs designed to engage young viewers. In that sense, the nature of the program proves to be an excellent alternative to pretty much everything that's out there on TV right now. I can easily imagine kids between the ages of three and six feeling quite inspired by Gustafer's strong curiosity and his constant will to explore his surroundings.
For the parents looking to limit the time their kids watch television, this DVD also lets them play songs individually as opposed to running the entire program. Additionally, the program comes with a sing-along option that displays the lyrics onscreen and invited everybody to join in and be part of the fun. As strange as some of creator Morgan Taylor's vocals may be, they present an excellent opportunity for energetic karaoke parties both adults and their kids can take party in.
As a big bonus, this set also includes an audio CD featuring all ten songs from the program. In terms of DVD specials, the disc boasts an inspiring 12-minute featurette showing audiences how to properly draw Gustafer from scratch. Also included is a short sketch that explores the evidence regarding Gustafer's existence. Last but not least, older viewers can also check out 10 minutes worth of guitar lessons with Taylor.
Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock provides plenty of entertainment for children of a certain age, and this even despite its rather unconventional structure and simple visuals. The funky music really is the core of the program. Including the audio CD was a smart decision that makes this set even more desirable to parents. Rock on!
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