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Wonder Pets! Save The Nutcracker

Nickelodeon // 2008 // 97 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Clark Douglas // December 11th, 2008

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All Rise...

Judge Clark Douglas is a nutcracker.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Wonder Pets! Join The Circus (published February 18th, 2009) and Wonder Pets! Save The Beetles (published May 21st, 2008) are also available.

The Charge

"It's da wondow pets to da wescue!"

The Case

Hooray! It's time to check out the four latest adventures of The Wonder Pets! Each week, The Wonder Pets (a lil' hamster, a lil' duckling, and a lil' turtle) save someone or something. What are they saving now?

"The Wonder Pets Save the Nutcracker"—Tchaikovsky's popular ballet provides musical accompanied for this Christmas adventure. All of The Wonder Pets are really looking forward to Christmas morning, despite the fact that they only have one present. That present would be a nutcracker, a frightening-looking wooden doll whose only purpose in life is to crack nuts with his mouth. Ah, fate. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a not-particularly-evil-but-still-annoying Mouse King appears and steals the nutcracker! Can the wonder pets save their present? This episode is particularly insufferable, as The Wonder Pets provide horrible lyrics to Tchaikovsky's ballet. An example: "Look, there's candy yum-yum-yum/oh no, I got some on my bum/lickey lickey!" Another example: "Well we landed on a pile of jelly/we landed very well-y." I have a very high tolerance level for harmless children's television, but kids, I was sincerely hoping that every one of those Wonder Pets would develop a case of lockjaw.
Rating: D-

"The Wonder Pets Save the Pangaroo & Save the Cricket"—Sadly, The Wonder Pets do not limit their singing to stories inspired by Tchaikovsky ballets. They sing all the time, no matter what situation they are in. Oh, snap. Now they have to save a creature called a "pangaroo" (part parrot, part kangaroo) that has fallen in a trash can. Once again, the rescue attempt is accompanied by classical music accompanied by absolutely wretched singing and lyrics. You know those parts of bad Broadway musicals where people just sing-talk in a semi-improvisational way until the next big number arrives? These shows are like that from start to finish, and the big numbers never arrive. This is a horrible, horrible way to introduce kids to classical music. They'll grow up thinking of those terrible lyrics every time they hear Vivaldi. Of course, we get other musical genres, too. A rescue of a cricket is accompanied by blues-free blues music. "Let's blow some bubbles/give 'em a blow/we blew the bubbles/way to go!"
Rating: D

"The Wonder Pets Save the Old White Mouse and The Adventures of Bee and Slug!"—The Wonder Pets visit a nursing home to save a white mouse. Ling-Ling (aka lil' duckling) is starting to behave someone badly, too. For instance, she's decided to drink a little sip of someone else's water! Will this shocking behavior cease before someone become mildly annoyed enough to actually notice or care? Then, in a bonus story, a bee and a slug sing for 11 minutes about how one of them is fast and the other one is slow. No fair telling which is which.
Rating: C- (because Bee and Slug have British accents)

"The Wonder Pets Save the Cow & Save the Skunk"—Oh, you can guess what these are about. The wonder pets spend the first 11 minutes singing about saving a cow and the second 11 minutes singing about saving a skunk. In the meantime, a cow and skunk are saved, and viewers are beaten into submission by some incredibly annoying music.
Rating: A (because it's the last episode, meaning that The Wonder Pets would no longer be sucking the life out of this reviewer)

The full-frame transfer is sharp and colorful, while the 2.0 stereo sound is clean and sharp. Extras include a "Waltz of the Flowers" music video and an awesome interactive "Decorate the Christmas Tree" game. No, I'm just kidding, the game sucks, just like every other DVD game. Every time an animal is in trouble, they pick up the phone and call The Wonder Pets. Immediately, The Wonder Pets go running to save the mouse, skunk, cricket, or whatever. If there are any wolves or crocodiles reading this review, would you please give these three tasty little critters a ring as soon as possible? Thanks.


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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 50

Perp Profile

Studio: Nickelodeon
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• All Ages
• Animation
• Bad
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Music Video
• Interactive Game


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