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A six-pack of Nick.
Nick Jr. has issued this little sampler of its popular shows, presumably to wow the hapless parent into buying full-blown discs for each individual show. This disc is a no-nonsense cross-section of unrelated Nick Jr. shows, thrown together with no extras, but packing 145 minutes of solid kids' entertainment. Here's what on tap:
• Dora the Explorer: "Super Map"
I can see why small children would enjoy this charming cartoon: it's very interactive. As Dora progresses—dare I say it, explores—she comes upon little games and obstacles that encourage interaction from the viewers. For example, she might be faced with a maze to maneuver or a game that requires her to match colors. Good stuff for the rugrats.
• LazyTown: "Sleepless in LazyTown"
This episode centers on the benefit of a good night's sleep and how it affects your energy output. Robbie challenges Sportacus to a home-run derby; if Sportacus loses he has to leave LazyTown. This episode is as pastel-ridden, sound-effect laden, and hugely over-the-top as all the others, but it is premium eye-candy and the message is sound.
• The Backyardigans: "The Quest for the Flying
• Blue's Clues: "Pajama Party"
• Little Bill: "Little Bill's Giant Space
• Max & Ruby: "Ruby's Lemonade Stand/Ruby's
Rummage Sale/Ruby's Magic Act"
There you go. Nick Jr. has provided a good cross-section of its shows that should satisfy the kiddies. There's a lot of bang for your buck with this disc.
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