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The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends [DVD]
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Niamh Cusack
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £14.98

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last.. cultural entertainment for toddlers (and older)!, 25 July 2002
Having bought a whole handful of DVD's (Tweenies, Thomas the Tank Engine & Maisy) to keep my active 2 year old daughter occupied for more than a few minutes - this is definitely my favourite and she loves it too. And what's more I feel I am introducing her to great literature and British culture and history all at once (which, whatever their good points, you can hardly say about any of the other DVD's) . Not just great entertainment (which it undoubtedly is) but education too ie. Less guilt factor for the stressed out parent when using a DVD as a babysitter. Hurray!
The DVD consists of 3 episodes of about 25 minutes each - just long enough to have a welcome break from toddler watching but not too long to feel you are allowing them to become square-eyed couch potatoes. Each episode is clever blending of 2 of Beatrix Potter classic books for children. Tales featuring some of her best known characters are included in this DVD; Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tittlemouse, Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck . The animation is really exquisite, with superbly witty characterisation and attention to detail, and so completely true to the originals that it is a pleasure for even the keenest Beatrix Potter fans to watch them. No disappointments or nasty surprises as with so many book-to-film adaptations. There are a few slightly scary moments to beware of for younger children (e.g when Mr McGregor chases Peter ) but once the episode has been watched a few times it loses it's scariness.
Each episode starts and finishes with a beautifully acted 2-3 minute live action introduction with Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter and this adds welcome variety and interest and is beautifully filmed at Beatrix Potters House in the Lake District. These bits can be skipped if desired although the fantastic scenery, great wildlife shots and hauntingly beautiful soundtrack make them well worth watching.
Other features are a short documentary on Beatrix Potter's life and how she came to write her books (they all started as letters to children she knew), a Stills Gallery of some of her original drawings and a short written account of how she came to write Peter Rabbit (slight overlap of information here). None of these are really intended for children but are fascinating for the parents. There is also a subtitles option.
The menus are all easy to use and jumping to and from individual scenes is also no problem.
All-in-all a classic DVD which will endure for many years and still capture the interest for adults and children alike even after seeing it many times. The other DVD's in the series are also to be highly recommended. ( "The Tale of Mrs Tiggly-Winkle and Mr Jeremy Fisher and other stories" and " The Tale of Pigling Bland and Other Stories").
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The Tale of Pigling Bland and Other Stories [DVD]
The Tale of Pigling Bland and Other Stories [DVD]
Dvd ~ Beatrix Potter

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acclaimed animation DVD- Ideal for toddlers & parents alike!, 25 July 2002
This animation series DVD, which has been critically acclaimed and won heaps of prizes, more than lives up to all expectations. It appeals to all ages from toddler (successfully tested on my active 2 year daughter who is hooked) to adults (who may have read the original stories when they first came out 100 years ago). This is truly great and enduring literature for toddlers (and older) bought delightfully to life. Education, cultural and historical input and guilt free entertainment all in one - and I can't think of any other programme suitable for toddlers for which this can be said.
The DVD consists of 3 episodes of about 25 minutes each - just long enough to have a welcome break from toddler watching but not too long to feel you are allowing them to become square-eyed couch potatoes. Each episode is clever blending of 2 of Beatrix Potter classic books for children. Tales featuring some of her maybe lesser known but still delightful characters are included in this DVD; Pigling Bland, Samuel Whiskers and the Tailor of Gloucester (my personal favourite) . The animation is really exquisite, with superbly witty characterisation and attention to detail, and so completely true to the originals that it is a pleasure for even the keenest Beatrix Potter fans to watch them. No disappointments or nasty surprises as with so many book-to-film adaptations. There are a few slightly scary moments to beware of for younger children (e.g Samul Whiskers, a rat, catching Tom Kitten) but once the episode has been watched a few times it loses it's scariness. Watch it with them at least the first few times.
Each episode starts and finishes with a beautifully acted 2-3 minute live action introduction with Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter and this adds welcome variety and interest and is beautifully filmed at Beatrix Potters House in the Lake District. These bits can be skipped if desired although the fantastic scenery, great wildlife shots and hauntingly beautiful soundtrack make them well worth watching.
Other features are a really interesting live action documentary on Beatrix Potter's life as a conservationist, a Stills Gallery of some of her original drawings and a short written account of her Victorian Childhood. None of these are really intended for children but are fascinating for the parents. There is also a subtitles option.
The menus are all easy to use and jumping to and from individual scenes is also no problem.
All-in-all a classic DVD which will endure for many years and still capture the interest for adults and children alike even after seeing it many times. The other DVD's in the series are also to be highly recommended. ( "The Tale of Mrs Tiggly-Winkle and Mr Jeremy Fisher and other stories" and "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends").


The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Jeremy Fisher and Other Stories [DVD]
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Jeremy Fisher and Other Stories [DVD]
Dvd ~ Beatrix Potter
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £14.97

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last- a fun, educational & entertainingDVD for toddlers, 25 July 2002
Ideal for stressed out parents of toddlers wanting more from a DVD than just grabbing the kid's attention for a short while. This is in a different league to the usual fayre of Teletubbies, Tweenies, Maisy etc. because as well as delivering delightful top rate entertainment it introduces them to great literature as well as British culture and history. Real education rather than the all-too-common "time-killing" stuff. Our two year old is hooked. I have no criticsms. What more could you want?!
The DVD consists of three episodes of about 25 minutes each - just long enough to have a welcome break from toddler watching without getting them addicted. Each episode is clever blending of two of Beatrix Potter classic books for children. Tales featuring some of her best known characters are included in this DVD; Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jeremy Fisher, Mr Tod (Peter Rabbit II), Two Bad Mice and Johnny Town-Mouse . The animation is really exquisite, with superbly witty characterisation and attention to detail, and so completely true to the originals that it is a pleasure for even the keenest Beatrix Potter fans to watch them. No disappointments or nasty surprises as with so many book-to-film adaptations. There are a few slightly scary moments to beware of for younger children (e.g Mr Tod and Mr Badger fighting) but once the episode has been watched a few times it loses it's scariness.
Each episode starts and finishes with a beautifully acted 2-3 minute live action introduction with Niamh Cusack as Beatrix Potter and this adds welcome variety and interest and is beautifully filmed at Beatrix Potters House in the Lake District. These bits can be skipped if desired although the fantastic scenery, great wildlife shots and hauntingly beautiful soundtrack make them well worth watching.
Other features are a Stills Gallery of some of her original drawings, a few of her Nursery Rhymes with orignal drawings and a written account with information of the animated Series. None of these are really intended for children but are fascinating for the parents. There is also a subtitles option.
The menus are all easy to use and jumping to and from individual scenes also presents no problem.
All-in-all a classic DVD which will endure for many years and still capture the interest for adults and children alike even after seeing it many times. The other DVD's in the series are also to be highly recommended and complement each other well. ( "The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends" and " The Tale of Pigling Bland and Other Stories").


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