Judge Roy Hrab is suffering many a sleepless night because his dreams are haunted by the memory of watching too many Nickelodeon children's shows back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
"It's time for bed! But bedtime is also playtime when you're with your Nick Jr. friends!"
Nickelodeon is of the main sources of television programs for young kids. It airs shows that range from a primarily educational purpose to a principally entertainment focus. Sleepytime Stories is a collection of six episodes from six different Nickelodeon series (from its Nick Jr. and Noggin brands). The title suggests that episodes contained on the DVD will get your child ready for bed. Let's see if that's true. This DVD contains:
"Little Star" (Episode of Dora The Explorer): If you've seen one episode of Dora you've seen them all. In this installment, Dora and her monkey friend, Boots, help Little Star get back into the sky after she falls to earth. They need to get her back so that all earthlings can make a wish upon a star. This episode is connected to sleep by the thinnest of margins.
"Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme" (Episode of Blue's Clues): Blue's clock, Tickety, has a favourite nursery rhyme. It's up to Blue's owner, Steve, and the audience to follow the clues and figure out the rhyme. I think that after Steve gave a thumbs-up to the camera for the fifth time in the episode, I had become annoyed to the point that I wouldn't be able to sleep for a while. I was right. This episode has nothing to do with sleep.
"Save the Three Little Pigs/Save the Owl" (Episode of Wonder Pets): The Wonder Pets are Ming-Ming (duck), Linny (guinea pig), and Tuck (turtle). The trio loves to sing. In this episode, the three pets rescue the Three Little Pigs from the Big Bad Wolf and then help a baby owl lost in a forest. This episode has nothing to do with sleep, although the owl is lost at night time.
"The Music Monster" (Episode of Jack's Big Music Show): There is a very non-scary monster named Henry. He wants to be scary so he can get into his family's photo album. He is assisted in this endeavour by Jack, Mary, and Jack's dog Mel. This episode has nothing to do with sleep. Are you seeing a pattern here?
"Sleep" (Episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!): This is a somewhat surreal and psychedelic show features DJ Lance Rock and his toys that sing and dance and other strange things. But guess what? Surprise! This episode is focused on sleep.
"Sprinkles' Sleepover" (Episode of Blue's Room): Our second surprise! Sprinkles is Blue's little brother and he's having trouble getting to sleep. He and Blue visit the other houseguests to see how each of them gets to sleep with the hope that Sprinkles will be able to find something that suits him.
The content of this release is benign children's fare. However, as the titles imply, only two of the six episodes address the theme of sleep. The other four have little or nothing to do with getting to sleep. Indeed, "The Music Monster" and "Little Star" may do more to get your kids hyped-up than calmed down. On the other hand, "Sleep" contains a couple of good and soothing songs dealing with sleep and "Sprinkles' Sleepover" is a pretty mellow episode.
The sound and video presentation are both crisp and clear and without flaw.
There are no extras.
Overall, there's no point to purchasing this collection if you're looking for a sedative for your kids. Also, the shows on this release contain very little content to keep adults engaged. However, if you're looking for a decent collection of harmless kids' programming then this will do. Just don't watch them all in one sitting, unless you're in the intended age bracket.
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