Kerry S. from ALBERTVILLE, MN Reviewed on 8/13/2009...
Great video for BOTH boys and girls!
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Another Decent Caillou DVD
George Buttner | Dayton, Ohio United States | 11/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After a long hiatus, a new Caillou DVD is out. It's generally up to the standard of the past releases, but doesn't really contain much new or exciting in the way of special features.
The DVD is divided into a section about Caillou and his family and a section about Caillou and animals/pets. Viewers will see Caillou taking pictures with his Dad's old camera, meeting Gilbert for the first time, picking strawberries, visiting a fire station and learning about dogs that have jobs. (To describe a few of the segments.) The puppet segments feature Teddy and Gilbert helping Rexy out when he's upset because he doesn't have a family and then later Teddy and Rexy dressing up as dogs. The normal musical and real-kids segments are also interwoven throughout (for those that like these, and they're easily skipped past if you or your kids don't). Oh, and don't worry about whiny/bratty Caillou --- he's hardly anywhere to be found on here.
The special features are character biographies (normally shown at the end of the TV show), Parents' Information (a few screens to read --- taken from the website), coloring pages (only for those with DVD-ROM) and a color-matching game. The picture and sound quality are great --- the picture is full-screen as normal and there are also close-captions (no subtitles). Also, select the PBSKids logo on the main menu for a cool PBSKids promo spot."
Daughter Hates the Puppets
David J. Hayden | USA | 10/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter loves Caillou, but has been very upset with this video. For some reason the producers decided to interweave narrative vignettes with puppets and live action -- my daughter spends the duration of each segment complaining that she wants Caillou, and I spend lots of time with my fingers on the remote. I wish the producers had identified the DVD content more clearly; we'd have bought something else.
DVD is twice as long as VHS
DKDC | Washington, DC USA | 01/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Video = 3 stars DVD = 5 stars
My daughter enjoys this cartoon much more than any other video.
She doesn't particularly care for the puppets - but that is not a big deal - they are only about 30% or the show. The live action segments are pretty good. The Caillou parts (cartoons) are very good.
The DVD probably will cost you more but you get two vhs length show in one dvd."
Cartoon is excellent; kids dancing and puppets are irritatin
C. Reed | Maine | 07/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This video contains one or two episodes of Caillou, which is fine, but the musical interludes with kids dancing and lip-synching is horrendous! The songs are awful, and the choreography is lousy.
The puppets used to be on the show on PBS, but they aren't anymore. We have another Caillou DVD (The Creative) that is MUCH longer and doesn't have any kids or puppets. I'm not sure how to tell which of the other videos contain them..."