Hey --- Neat --- But Coulda Been Way Better
George Buttner | Dayton, Ohio United States | 10/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Sing and Dance in Dragon Land!" is a "Dragon Tales" (top-rated PBS series says the packaging --- well, hopefully, it's still rated high enough for them to consider making another season) DVD (also available on video) containing twenty great "Dragon Tunes" segments from the show. These are normal Dragon Tunes, meaning, as usual, you won't be getting any of the extended versions of the songs from the CD. This release is rather diminished by the fact that a lot of these songs were already included in the "Let's Make a Band" release, although not, of course, any of the songs from the third season / "More Dragon Tunes." There are also a lot of noteable omissions --- including the excellent songs "Cassie," "Try" and "Dance." The songs are accompanied by big, all-capital, bold, follow-along lyrics on screen, which change colors as the song hits each word, also sometimes accompanied by an exploding firework effect. Unfortunately, there's no way to turn this off if you want to. The packaging lists an estimated time of 39 minutes --- this is a lie, it's 32 minutes, including the opening theme (not accompanied by the big bold lettering lyrics) and the closing credits / theme (again, no on-screen lyrics.)
There are no special features for "Sing and Dance in Dragon Land!" and there are only two previews:
Stuart Little 3 DVD and Video
Promo for other Sony TV DVDs and Videos --- "Jay Jay the Jet Plane," "The Berenstain Bears," "Dragon Tales," "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast," "Harold and the Purple Crayon"
Viewing is full-screen only, although the sound and picture quality are very good. One other thing that can be said for this DVD is that, like most Sesame Workshop products, a portion of the proceeds go right back into their programming."
Thirty minutes of dancing
B. Rosen | Stillwater, OK USA | 08/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 3 year old picked this out from the library the other day, and it will definitely be a DVD that we buy. It has 20 Dragon Tales songs and it lasts for about 30 minutes. My daughter danced for the entire 30 minutes! She's never danced to the Wiggles, so I was pretty amazed. My one year old son enjoys listening to the music and clapping along as well.
All in all, I'd say if your child enjoys the "Dragon Tunes" from the show, then they will enjoy this."
Really good, all-music DVD
T's Mom | Columbus | 04/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter is almost 3 and really enjoys this video. I specifically bought it because it was all music. She never sits to watch a whole episode of Dragon Tales but always stops and listens to the songs in the middle of the episodes. She sings and dances along with the songs on this video!"