Judge Dawn Hunt feels like she defeats the Energy Monster every time she turns off a light.
Our review of Wordgirl: The Rise of Miss Power, published March 10th, 2012, is also available.
Word up. It's WordGirl.
When faced with a catastrophe
Huggy Face is by her side,
As with previous PBS Kids releases WordGirl vs. The Energy Monster contains the titular characters in a two-part episode followed by two other Season Five adventures.
• "Dinner or Consequences"—Becky Botsford aka WordGirl (Dannah Feinglass Phirman) has a dilemma. Her dad (Ryan Raddatz) has been slaving away all day to make dinner for the family. A dinner which is only edible at a certain time otherwise it's a disaster, so of course something has to pull Becky in two directions. And that something is Dr. Two Brains' (Tom Kenny) latest evil plan. Becky learns that breaking your word has consequences.
• "Best Fan Club Meeting Ever"—Becky's brother TJ (Tom Kenny) has a secret WordGirl fan club meeting during which he plans to reveal a secret about WordGirl. This catches the attention of evil villain Tobey (Patton Oswalt) who wants to use the secret for his own nefarious purposes.
• "Day at the Museum"—Violet (Maria Bamford) joins Scoops (Ryan Raddatz) and Becky on a haunted treasure hunt. Tying all the episodes together is The Narrator (Chris Parnell) who provides some lightly snarky commentary on the action.
WordGirl is a really cute show and the somewhat tongue-in-cheek vibe helps it to stand out amongst a plethora of kids' educational programming. I do wish it wasn't following the trend of installment-based DVD releases rather than full season sets. The episodes are witty and briskly-paced, leading me to believe more would not cause burn out.
The standard def 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is relegated to bright primary colors, resisting the complex animation of other shows and preferring to stick with a basic approach. The audio is simple Dolby 2.0 Stereo but it works here. Bonus features include additional shorts which play like deleted scenes, and some DVD-ROM accessible games and coloring pages. Watching Huggy doing his dance was probably the most entertaining of them all.
If you have young ones, I can definitely recommend WordGirl vs. The Energy Monster. A female lead with a passion for learning new words and their meanings makes this a show the whole family can enjoy and find value in.
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