A Mixed Bag
Allison D | Tucson, AZ United States | 08/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My son is 3 and a big fan of Jay Jay the Jet Plane. I purchased this DVD because it has a story we had already seen and liked, Jay Jay and the Magic Books. To those new to Jay Jay the Jet Plane, each episode features computer animated airplanes with human faces. Jay Jay and his friends have the voices of children, and ther are also "adult" planes who offer guidance. Human characters (not animated) also interact with the planes. Every episode features a song.
Unfortunately, after a few viewings of this video, my son became bored with it. Personally, I think the quality of the writing and human character acting is variable. Another disappointment for my son is that Revvin' Evan isn't featured in any of the stories, although he is misleadingly shown on the cover of the disk next to the two Pangabula Island stories. So, I have to explain time after time to my son that Evan isn't in the video.
Here are the stories, and some comments:
TRIP TO SKYLANDIA: Jay Jay chooses faith over logic when a dream about a kingdom in the clouds convinces him that it's real. The plane characters appear in the dream with different names and "costumes." This story seems better suited to one of the Inspirational Jay Jay collections, and is not a good introduction to the series because of the character name changes.
JAY JAY'S BUTTERFLY ADVENTURE: Jay Jay tries to find a winter home for Breezy the Butterfly, only to learn with relief that he already has one. Cute story with some accurate info about monarch butterflies. Brenda Blue is annoyingly dismissive of Jay Jay's questions about Breezy--my only real gripe.
JAY JAY AND THE MAGIC BOOKS: Jay Jay and Tracy spend a rainy day at the library. Jay Jay learns that you can go on an adventure without even leaving home. Both underwater and outer space stories are included, and the featured song is very soothing. The librarian is hearing impaired, so sign language is featured. This is still my son's favorite episode.
TUFFY'S TRIP TO PANGABULA: Tuffy straps on a balloon to fly to Pangabula Island and join his friends. She can't steer so Captain Wentworth and her boat come to the rescue. Tuffy then returns the favor. This episode is marred by the appearance of Mr. Crabby, the first mate to Captain Wentworth. Mr. Crabby is supposed to be like Gilligan, but is more annoying than funny.
TUFFY'S ADVENTURE IN PANGABULA: Tuffy has a difficult time getting around on an island that has no roads. But she saves the day by rescuing the Sparkleberry tree. The premise of a sacred tree that likes to be harvested is a little overdone. The human actor in this story portrays a stereotyped Pacific Islander."
My 2 year old loves this!
N. Kennedy | Phoenix | 05/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My 2 year old son has an obsession with Jay Jay the Jet Plane, so we bought this DVD for his birthday. He watches it almost every day, sometimes more than once.The songs are pretty catchy, and the story lines are different than your average children's movie. There are five different "episodes" as well as 4 Sing-a-Longs and those annoying "Think About It" moments by Brenda Blue. Luckily, you don't have to watch those unless you really want to. The DVD is 65 minutes long, so I wouldn't say it's short by any means.Some of the characters drive me up the wall, Snuffy - a homely sky writing plane (with allergies?), Herky - a stuttering, wacked out helicopter, and Tuffy - a tow truck, are all quite annoying. Tuffy, in particular bothers me, because it seems she's supposed to be Chinese, and they've given her bucked teeth and a bad accent. It just doesn't seem very PC to me. Aside from the annoying characters, some good life lessons are taught like helping and looking out for others, the importance and fun of reading, and helping to keep our world clean. If your child is interested in airplanes, they will most likely enjoy this movie. With time, you'll either learn to tune out this movie, or, worse, you'll find yourself singing along!"
Jay Jay is lots of fun for toddlers!
morrow1993 | 10/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 3-year-old toddler twins just discovered Jay Jay. They absolutely love this DVD."