RIP Pablo. Oh wait...
Armando N. Roman | Hillsboro, OR | 04/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As far as I'm concerned, The Backyardigans is one of the few shows for kids that really can be enjoyed by both children and their parents. The characters are cute and have their own personalities, nearly every single song is memorable, the music rocks, and the theme for each episode is always fun. I won't deny watching episodes until they're over, even if my daughter goes off and does something else if she loses interest. Heck, if I found a shirt with Tyrone on it, I'd go for it. This dvd has 4 episodes, like most of them do, and there's a good variety here. 2 of them are listed as 'bonus episodes', but why bother listing them as that when they're the same length as the 2 'main' ones, and no one would've probably bought this if it was just 2 episodes?
First up is the title one, It's Great To Be a Ghost. Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua pretend to be ghosts in a spooky mansion when Tasha, the unsuspecting stranger, comes in uninvited. It's all in good fun, and they're not trying to hurt her or anything. The music for this episode is early jazz (1920s), and you can't help but snap your fingers along when Pablo sings his song.
Monster Detectives has detective Tyrone help Uniqua find her soccer ball after it ends up at a castle where Pablo the Soccer Monster lives. The intro for this episode is really cute, and the gang even acknowledges humans in a rare instance, mentioning soccer legend Pelé. This episode's music is early rock (1950s) and they did a great job making it sound like the original jukebox hits. Someone's gotta edit a music video using the Soccer Monster song and footage of Happy Days.
The Key to the Nile is one of my favorites, and an episode that has Tasha as the leader for a change. She's an Egyptian queen (CleoTasha) and has her servants help her find three treasures to give to the Sphinx, who's played by Uniqua. This episode teaches the importance of saying 'please' and 'thank you', and being appreciative to others who help you. For the music, you get more of a Broadway style, if that makes any sense. 'hard to explain really, but the songs are all memorable, especially 'I Want My River Back'.
Finally is Pirate Treasure, which features reggae and ska for the soundtrack. Uniqua and Pablo are pirates looking for treasure using half of a treasure map, but pirates Tyrone and Austin are doing the same and happen to have the other half of the map as well. The Backyardigans sing a different version of the classing song 'Drunken Sailor' but calling it 'Scurvy Pirate' here so there's nothing objectionable. Just like the other episodes, the songs here are all a blast and the tone of the episode is just plain cheery.
The only con to this dvd? Like all other Nick Jr. titles, there are TONS of previews you have to skip through at the beginning. Other than that, this is another must buy for any parents of kids who love the Backyardigans...or something to have as a kind of guilty pleasure if you can't admit to loving these tracks!"