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Dora’s Halloween Parade (Nickelodeon DVD)/Garfield Show – Spooky Tails (Vivendi DVD)/Hey Arnold – Season One (Shout! Factory DVD)/El Perro Y El Gato (HBO DVDs)/Fanboy & Chum Chum: Brain Freeze (Nickelodeon DVD)/The Legend Of Rin Tin Tin (Mill Creek DVDs)/Shirley Temple: Everyone’s Little Princess (Mill Creek DVDs)/Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Makes Me Move (Nickelodeon DVD)


Picture: C+ (Mill Creek sets: C)     Sound: C+ (Mill Creek sets: C)     Extras: D (Garfield: C/Fanboy & Rin: C-)     Main Programs: C+



Now we look at a new wave of children’s DVD titles, most of which are better than the usual releases.


Dora’s Halloween Parade and Garfield Show – Spooky Tails may be coming out in August, but are Halloween-geared titles and the results are two of the better entries in their respective series.  With four and six episode respectively, I was more amused than usual, even though I am not as happy with this Computer Animated version of Garfield.  They are both good releases and Garfield adds more bonus shorts.


Hey Arnold – Season One is a reissue by Shout! Factory of a set Nickelodeon issued themselves before, which we covered at this link:




This is pretty much the same set, now back in print and that should make fans happy.


HBO has issued four DVDs of the charming El Perro Y El Gato animated TV series that teaches children English and Spanish at the same time.  Translating as Dog & Cat, the volumes include The Adventure Begins/La Aventura Comienza, From Here To There/De Aqui Para Alla, Together Again/Juntos Otra Vez and Unleashed/Sin Correa.  I recommend them all and hope we see more.



Fanboy & Chum Chum: Brain Freeze and Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Makes Me Move are two more entries from the Nickelodeon hits similar to our previous coverage elsewhere on this site, but I have to say they are two o the more energetic shows on the network and make for fun DVDs for children.  They both have good humor, are child-friendly and respect their audiences more than most such shows.  Seven and four episodes appear on the respective discs and Fanboy has one extra in the Original Animatic to the title episode.


That leaves us with two budget releases from Mill Creek.  The Legend Of Rin Tin Tin has four Saturday Morning Movie Serials the famous dog and his offspring made after the former’s huge success for Warner Bros., but these were made for Mascot (later merged into Republic) and all have fun and energy to spare, though the older two (with the original Rin) are rough prints but worth a look.  Serial fans will be happy, though all deserve to be restored for High Definition and future generations.  An overly long featurette is the only extra.


Shirley Temple: Everyone’s Little Princess is the latest Mill Creek DVD release on the actress in another low budget set recycling the first three DVDs form the Legends Series we covered at this link…




…then adds a fourth disc with four more films: A Boy, A Girl & A Dog (1946 with Sharyn Moffett and Lionel Stander), The Green Promise (1949 with Natalie Wood), Mickey (1948) and a 1955 version (an hour long from TV) of Miracle On 34th Street.  There are no extras and the picture and sound are the same average presentations ad the previous releases.


All have 1.33 X 1 image and Dolby Digital 2.0 Audio, with the newer titles in stereo and the presentations in all cases (save Temple) are about as good as can be expected in the format and under the circumstances.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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