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Feature 6.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 3.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Disney
Classification: G
Running Time:
Reviewer:
Jamie Kirk

6.0


Little Einstein's Go to Africa

Upon receiving Little Einsteinís Go to Africa, I was a little perplexed about how to approach it. Obviously the show is clearly aimed at young children. There is nothing really here for anybody above the age of five. So do I review it from the perspective of a responsible adult and parent (which Iím not), from the perspective of a child (which is a little closer), or from the perspective of an accomplished and objective DVD reviewer (which hopefully Andrew thinks I am)? After all a pre schoolers opinion of the show isnít going to be affected by an internet critics DVD review. So instead I just watched the thing so I could give people an idea of what to expect.

Little Einsteinís is an animated Disney production that centres around four kids, Leo, June, Quincy and Annie and their aircraft Rocket. Each episode they have a mission where they find a problem to solve, with a little help from the home viewer. It is an edutainment program of sorts, yet instead of focussing on basic learning skills like speaking, comprehension and such it instead concentrates on music and art. So the gang will face a problem and using classical music and art appreciation they will eventually solve it. The show also requires viewer interaction, as the four kids will often address the screen telling them to do something, such as tapping a beat, wiggling their fingers or singing along. It is certainly a different approach to other edutainment fare, I donít believe Iíve ever seen a childrenís TV show touting great classical and Baroque era composers before, or one that teaches children rhythm using musical terms like ďallegroĒ or ďprestoĒ. Whether this sinks through in children is debatable but itís refreshing to see a kids show teaching kids about high culture from the past.

There really isnít that much more to say about the show, it looks nice, using a mixture of classic and computer animation. The voice acting makes all the story points very clear and does a nice job of illustrating the challenges to the viewers. The DVD contains two other animated shorts in its bonus features that arenít related to the show. It really isnít a DVD set that demands scene specific commentaries so it is nice that Disney included two extra shorts to make it more worthwhile.

When all is said and done, Little Einsteinís Go to Africa is a show that serves up a decent enough animated show that also teaches young children about classical music and art. When you see kids these days growing up listening to whatever manufactured pop crap is chucked on the radio, it is nice to see that some shows are still touting the values of beautiful music. If youíre over five and donít have a child, well then you probably clicked the wrong link. But if you have a kid of your own or are an extremely savvy pre schooler, then you could do worse than Little Einsteinís.






 
 



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