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|Disney's Little Einsteins - Race for Space|
Actor: Little Einsteins
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Rev up Rocket and soar full-speed ahead into action-packed, music-powered adventures! Join Leo, June, Quincy, Annie and Rocket on a mission to rescue the Three Little Piggies when their airplanes spin out of control. Can R... more »
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Stacy P. from COLUMBIA STA, OH
Reviewed on 10/6/2015...
Really captures my toddler grandson's attention. Cute and entertaining fir small kids.
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Still the Adorable Little Einsteins
Meryl K. Evans | Plano, TX | 02/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"GOOD: Three episodes go well together, typical Little Einstein fare, good lessons
BAD: One weak episode, no coverage of planets / space, DVD extras are worthless and not subtitled.
Little Einsteins: Race for Space comes with three episodes, one of which hasn't aired as of the DVD's initial release. One person reports it aired in Canada, however.
I understand the disappointment from other reviewers. The DVD case does say that it's two episodes plus one new one -- nothing about being an original movie like the other DVDs. The DVD also doesn't go into depth about the planets as one might thing from the title.
The never before aired episode, "The Treasure behind the Little Red Door," has kids and Rocket tracking a stolen treasure map to Hawaii. The art of the day is the Hawaii Ki'i (hula) statue and the featured song is "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Francois Gounod.
After stealing the treasure map from the gang, Big Jet races pass a volcano, across the bay, and into a rain forest. The gang follows closely behind. Beware this episode contains spider webs and an ugly yellow spider with a freaky smile. It might scare kids who are afraid of insects. However, the bug doesn't bother the four-year-old critic.
"Treasure" is one of the weaker episodes in the series. The story doesn't weave together well and most of it slumps along. The story feels incomplete without truly diving into the things expected of the Little Einsteins. While this episode isn't typical Little Einstein fare, it makes sense that it comes on this DVD because of its connection to the last episode. The more important critic, the four-year-old, likes the episode.
In the next show, "Super Fast," three little piggies and their flying machines join the Einsteins in episode #36, first airing in March, 2007. Here the show introduces "The William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini and Chinese cut paper.
Leo and the gang fill up Rocket with music gas to help Rocket fly at different tempos, or speeds -- adagio, moderato, allegro, and presto. To catch up with each flying piggy, the gang changes tempo to match or surpass the tempo of the piggy's airplane. One piggy is stuck flying on adagio, another on moderato, and the third on allegro.
Children learn tempo while discovering Machu Picchu in Peru and China. While in China, the artful backgrounds and scenery are made of Chinese paper cuttings. The mix of the flying speeds and locales keep the kids interested. The little critic confirms his interest by enthusiastically retelling the story of the little piggies' flights in different directions. One piggie flies into space. That's it -- nothing more.
Episode #41 from May 2007, "The Great Sky Race Rematch" again features "The William Tell Overture" with artwork titled "Whirlpool and Waves at Naruto, Awa Province" by Utagawa Hiroshige. Rocket enters the Great Sky Race again after winning the previous year's race. Rival Big Jet also enters the race and plays a few nasty tricks on Rocket. The kids use tempo and creativity to overcome barriers that Big Jet puts up for Rocket.
"The Great Sky Race Rematch" shows how the gang uses creativity to overcome the barriers they run into in the race. It's also a good way to learn how to face adversity. The episode balances all the elements of a good kids' show, including pace that meets their attention spans, strong yet simple storylines, sweetness without sugar overload, and an adventure with a purpose.
The three episodes go well together with the first and last episodes guest starring Big Jet. The second episode teaches tempo and the last episode ties everything together.
Bonus features include a "Rocket Around the World" interactive activity, which takes kids on a trip to four locales. However, it's very slow even for adults and not very interactive. Kids use the remote control to pick the right Rocket vehicle for traveling to the different locations. That's all there is to it.
Two videos starring Playhouse Disney's Lou and Lou Safety Patrol cover racing and buckling for safety. Unfortunately, these bonus shorts and "Rocket Around the World" don't have closed-captions or English subtitles. Though the bonuses don't offer much, the Little Einsteins fans will watch and enjoy the DVD because they're most interested in the familiar faces on the cover.
The four-year-old Little Einsteins critic sums up his review in one sentence: "I really like the movie!" And he watched it again and again and again. The nine-year-old -- who is into the more hardcore shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and Avatar -- even sat with him a couple of times and he wouldn't do that if the show didn't interest him. Little Einsteins: Race for Space earns applause for presenting an enjoyable educational program that parents won't dread watching for the twentieth time.Preview a clip from Race for Space.
Run time: 72 minutes"
S. C. Thiessen | Tacoma, wa United States | 02/23/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My son is 5 and LOVES little Einsteins. He watches them over and over again. He was so excited when we finally got the DVD he knew we pre-ordered it and was patiently waiting for it to come. When he finally watched it, he actually started crying-very unlike him. He said the new "space" show wasn't really about space at all. We had expected that it would be about the little Einsteins traveling from planet to planet, learning about each one. It isn't. They just happen to be traveling through space chasing/helping some little pigs. What a missed chance at teaching kids about the planets! Again-we were VERY disappointed."
What a disappointment.
J. Adams | Hesperia, CA United States | 02/23/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My son's two favorite things in the world: 1. Little Einsteins, 2. Space. He went crazy when he saw the commercial for this new DVD. We, too, pre-ordered the movie and counted down the days until its release. And we, too, were bitterly disappointed by its contents. As the other reviewers have said, it is not a movie, and it is not about space. I would think that if Disney were going to release a space-themed DVD containing old episodes, they would at least include Galactic Goodnight. At least that one actually talked about the planets. I would not have purchased this if I would have been able to preview it before buying. :("