Some funny stuff inside...
Eduardo Nolazco | Lima, Peru | 07/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK. It has an orange box (not a red box like it should look like)
It has the same structure as the previous 2 volumes.
But something is missing: there are no recent videos of the group between scenes (the other 2 volumes have them). So you can see only kids.
The great thing is the Read Along option. There is also the sing-along and karaoke features for the 3 theme songs.
One thing I don't get it: the order of the videos. It has "Robot Number One" song but it's from a different year than the other videos. It has a video from TEAM episodes but the TEAM's song is on volume 2... Well, I suppose that i don't have to care since this video is for kids. And my 3yo son loves it but not so much as he loves the "blue hi-5" (as he calls the volume 2)
Also there are 2 short videos from the new members: Jasmeen and Sydney. Both of them look like rehearsal videos but they are OK. Sydney reminds me the classic cheerleader boy's scene with Ferrel on SNL.
I hope it works fine when they start filming the new Hi-5 episodes with them (without Shaun and Karla)
Worth buying even though some good segments were left out...
Patricia Whorton | Memphis, TN United States | 05/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD was kind of disappointing to me, I love Hi-5 and I was anxious to get the first look of Syd and Yaz doing their segments in the studio, but the segments that they picked for the DVD were not the best of the "Making" "Machines" and "Music" show weeks. Those diehard fans that have the previous DVD "Music Magic" already have "Feel the Beat" three times on the DVD, I would have loved to have seen "Some Kind of Wonderful" on this DVD instead. Plus I have no idea was robots have to do with music. Hopefully Wellgo will put some feelers out at the yahoo boards and pick a better selection of segments for the next DVD. This DVD was definitly missing some of my favorite music and machine themed segments, like :
1. when Shaun sings, he can only sing in the bathtub
2. Karla singing Popstar Parrot or Rock Melon
3. Building a Fence -- an all-time favorite
4. Lumpy Oatmeal Blues
5. The one where they are all dancing disco with the wigs and Elvis glasses.
Bonus Features: As always, they have a sing-along and karaoke section where your children can sing along with the gang, but also there is a "Friends of Hi-5" section where Yasmeen and Sydney each do a segment. I am pretty sure this was done when they were in Australia right after they were hired, last summer. I have seen videos of them performing since then and they have really perfected their performaces and are way-less rigid than shown in these clips.
Yasmeen: Yasmeen now is the face of the Body Move segment, and in this clips she shows the youngsters how to do a super hero warm-up. This performance is pretty good, but they could have picked another segment...I would love to hear Yaz sing "Rock Melon"
Sydney: Sydney has replaced Shaun (pout) in the Shapes in Space segment, and to hear Sydney sing "Cool Cat" broke my heart. They should have picked a different segment. Sydney was nevertheless very comical as the lion who is making his den.
Some of the best segments of the DVD:
Shaun gives Curtis a turntable so he can be a DJ at a dance party. Kimee steals the show with her crazy but funky hip dance moves...and I thought Shaun had the best robot on Hi-5...but she's great!
Jup Jup gives Kimee three different hats and a special hat dance machine that inspire three different dances. Check out Kimee's Russian folk dance at the end!
Curtis is a buzzy busy bee who shows his swarm the way to the flowers in a very catchy and jazzy tune. The costumes are great and look very simple to make. A very cute skit that will leave this tune in your head all day, if they ever release a new CD this should definitley should be included.
The "Fab Water Five" learn to work together so that they can perform their syncronized swimming routine correctly. Special treat for moms: Four words -- Curtis and Shaun in shorts...WOOT!!!
Karla Kimee and Jenn are "The Dazzling Ducks" and they want to find another member to their band. Karla is in rare form in this segment, as well as Curtis, who looks strangely cute in a 'fro.
Overall I liked the DVD despite not including some of HI-5's best performances in the "Making" "Machines" and "Music" show weeks. I am still not sure what Robots have to do with "Making Music" but am glad it was included in the DVD..that is my daughter's favorite song to dance to, and I have been spotted at many concerts waving my arms in the air like a silly person.