Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Hello Kitty - Stump Village - A Place of Fun |
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Very sweet, but a little odd...
Desmond Mullen | 03/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is very sweet and generally good-natured. At the same time, it is a little odd. In one episode, one of the friends borrows another's sunglasses while she sleeps. She accidentally breaks them and then simply returns them to the sleeping friend without saying or doing anything. Only after others borrow and further accidentally break them, and then the owner goes home in tears, is there any resolution. It doesn't seem to me that there is any good message in this. It doesn't show examples of taking responsibility or of conflict resolution or anything. That said, the DVD is appealing and has a great theme song!"
Drives us (mom & dad) crazy, but daughter LOVES it
R. Karpinski | NW Ohio | 10/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I got this from the library along with some other vids, such as Barney & the Wiggles. I was not expecting... this. The theme song is super cheerful and hard to get out of your head (a little creepy to me, because NO ONE is that happy) I thought my daughter who is almost 2 wouldn't be interested since the little characters don't really talk, but BOY was I wrong! Thanks to this video, Dora has been displaced as my daughter's obsession. If I could get "kitty" squash, I think she'd eat it. Anyway, I haven't seen the other videos in this series, but here's what I have to say.
Short intro with limited/no commercials at the beginning.
Intro is VERY identifiable as "kitty" so my daughter calms down and knows she's gotten what she wants right away (unlike some other movies which leave her guessing and doubting my reassurances.)
Divided into short episodes, so my daughter can get a fix without me having her in front of the tube for an hour. (and she doesn't get bored)
Ending credits take FOREVER. They seem almost as long as the actual show, so I frequently have to FFWD to the next ep. if I'm letting my daughter watch more than one so she doesn't have a coronary from the waiting.
Questionable point/purpose/moral. Maybe I'm over thinking this, but it seems so odd that the "friends" take things that belong to the others even though the owner has expressed a desire to not share, breaking said items and not owning up to it, and are getting mad at each other and not forgiving each other for days. I guess... they seem to be modeling the same behaviors that young kids exhibit (toddlers), but without explaining that we'd rather people share, take turns, own up to their mistakes, forgive each other, etc. I don't know...
Oh, and you will have that intro song stuck in your head forever.
Despite the negatives, however, I gave this a pretty high rating since I will be purchasing the DVD tonight. The other Hello Kitty DVD's (they appear to be from an 80's TV show) we've since rented from the library have come nowhere close to this in popularity in my household.
Little ones love it
Jean Grey | California | 09/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Purchased for my daughters (5&2years),they have watched it numerous times and really seem to enjoy it. I watched the dvd with them once and have to admit was dissapointed that the characters dont speak. The stories are narrated but do teach lessons of sharing and being kind to others. The theme music is very, very annoying but that is from an adult perspective, the girls have learned the words and to my dismay will often break out into song especially when i'm trapped in the car with them :)"
G. Brooker | Australia | 02/10/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I read several negative reviews before purchasing this product, but thought they were probably just 'over the top' and being picky. I really wanted a Hello Kitty DVD for my girls and went ahead and purchased it. However, after watching the episodes I found the negative reviews quite accurate. We watched it once and had a discussion about how the characters' behaviour is not acceptable and the DVD has now been 'filed' in the cupboard. Sadly, I should've listened to the reviews and taken their advice."