Another 'hit' for Baby Einstein Company
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We have all of the video products of the Baby Einstein Company. This video is more similar in format to Baby Shakespeare than the Baby Mozart / Baby Bach videos. Nevertheless, I would say that Baby Van Gogh is a better attention-getter and -holder than Baby Shakespeare. The visuals are much more professional and entertaining - the main content being color and art, as opposed to poetry readings.If you are new to the Baby Einstein Company's products, I highly recommend them over the products of the competing companies (we have a VERY extensive childern's video library). The live-action visuals are far more engaging to infants and toddlers than the computer graphics and animation of other videos. In this respect (visually), Baby Van Gogh is even more dynamic than some of the earlier Baby Einstein productions - and certainly has a bit higher production quality. For babies under 6 months, however, I would recommend Baby Mozart as the best 'starter' in the series.As with Baby Mozart, Baby Bach and Baby Einstein, my daughter (now almost nine months) cannot get enough of this video."
Best in Baby Einstein line so far!
Nikol Le Vine | San Diego, CA United States | 08/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We have a number of the Baby Einstein videos in our home, but Baby Van Gogh is our hands-down favorite. There are a number of segments on each of the basic colors, showing toys and nature photography that feature those colors. There are children also illustrating the colors (a little girl holding a lemon, boys holding a blue umbrella, etc.). Some of the other Baby Einstein videos feature only girls in live-action shots, but Baby Van Gogh has an even mix of boys and girls. I doubt my son really cares one way or the other, but I liked that aspect. The music featured in this video/DVD is also impressive. There are selections from some classical favorites like the William Tell Overture or Bolero. It's nice to have some variety, as opposed to an entire video of Bach or Mozart. Another thing that impressed me about this video is the artwork they use to further illustrate certain colors. For each color, they have a different painting by Van Gogh (Starry Night for blue, Sunflowers for Orange, and so on). This video brings together so many different aspects and blends them together seamlessly: art, nature, music. At the end of the video, there is also a segment that details the toys shown throughout the program and their manufacturer. So in case you're impressed with any of the items featured, you can buy them for yourself. Truly, this video more than any other provides a complete "Baby Einstein" experience. It's sure to be a favorite in any home."
Another toddler magnet !
Stefanie N | Schuyler, VA | 12/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The videos of the Baby Einstein company have an effect on our 20-month old like no other (and this has been the case since he was 10-months old). He greets the puppets like old friends and is enraptured by the sights and sounds. I sense that part of the series' attraction is the simplicity of the visuals: bare backgrounds and one or two toys and puppets. These "toy tableaus" are interspersed with some lush nature photography in this video, but these segments are only at the beginning and the end. The music's instrumentation is pared down as well. For the very young it seems that a lot of videos ostensibly produced for them are too busy and too noisy.As far as Baby Van Gogh in particular, it really has a lot of wonderful qualities. The idea of dividing it into "chapters" based on individual colors is great. Our child gets a whole color "experience", seeing it in toys,puppets, live action photos and of course the Van Gogh paintings (several of which were unfamiliar to me). The music is mostly rousing and danceable. The only annoying part (at least to this parent) are the space-agy music breaks between chapters. At least these are short. Each color features a poem written and read by the filmaker Julie Clark. These emphasize the emotions of each color and are enjoyable--although "when I am blue I put some happy in my stew" irks me every time I hear it. This video is closest in spirit to Baby Shakespeare and would be an excellent follow-up to it. If I were intending to produce a toddler's video I would spend hours and hours studying the products of this company. They really have the touch."
Attraction of this one a mystery...
Stefanie N | 02/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My 19 month old daughter was completely mesmerized by Baby Van Gogh when we first got it, although the attraction was a bit of a mystery for us parents. The content seems way too simple and there is no dialogue at all -- only single words "red", "yellow", "blue", etc. However, it seems to be just the right thing for very young children and my daughter has watched it over and over. I like that it is not connected to some syndicated character like Barney, and introduces famous artwork with a soundtrack of pleasant classical music. I feel the Baby Einstein series is a nice healthy thing to introduce to your babies and can see where it would be especially great for infants (I wish I would have bought it earlier!), but now that my daughter is old enough to follow a story line, I feel she will lose interest in the Baby Einstein format. I have purchased Baby Mozart but she doesn't seem as interested in it. I would highly recommend Baby Van Gogh and Baby Mozart for babies 0 to 18 months, whereas toddlers, (mine, at least) will be looking for more stimulation."