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Case Number 04625: Small Claims Court

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Nature Baby

Lionsgate // 2004 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Chief Counsel Rob Lineberger (Retired) // June 17th, 2004

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All Rise...

Appellate Judge Rob Lineberger was humming a vaguely familiar classical piece for hours after watching this developmental video.

The Charge

Winter, spring, summer, and fall…Nature Baby explores them all!

The Case

Nature Baby is so similar to Baby Moves that they could be considered equivalents. Like Baby Moves, Nature Baby is an engaging mélange of classical music, poetry, live action, and puppets. The video quality is nearly as good, and the sound is the same level of quality. The two DVDs even share the same extras, albeit with slightly different content. To get a better feel for this series of DVDs, be sure to read the Baby Moves review.

Both my son and I were slightly less pleased with Nature Baby. I expected more scenes of natural imagery. Instead, Nature Baby primarily consists of children playing in staged seasonal sets, frisking about in piles of plastic leaves or StayPuft ™ synthetic snow. Either these kids possess Herculean strength or the pumpkins are made of foam. This faux naturalism may not bother others, but the hippie in me was affronted.

Because it is based around seasons, Nature Baby has four main segments in contrast to the six in Baby Moves. This makes the segments longer, which allows boredom to creep in. Puppets Taa, Dee, and Ed seem to be stuck in a rut as well, repeating the same basic gag over and over. Perhaps if I'd watched the DVDs in reverse order, I would have found Nature Baby superior. Who knows? The flip side of the pacing is that the segments feel fuller, with more music and more time to linger on scenes of young revelry.

These are nitpicks, of course. Nature Baby entertained my son, even if it is more reflective and less active. The puppet trio elicited the same awe and laughter, and he did a little more toddler boogie. The bottom line is that Nature Baby is educational for you and fun for your baby. If you have sticker shock from the Baby Einstein DVDs, this might be the answer.

His honor's toddler finds Nature Baby not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 83

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• All Ages

Distinguishing Marks

• Introduction
• Play Group
• Developmental Milestones
• Little People Episode
• DVD-Rom

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