Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies DVD Review

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Come discover the vibrant 3D underwater world of a group of diverse preschoolers with colorful fish tails in the brand-new DVD, Bubble Guppies.

Set to a soundtrack of catchy pop songs, Bubble Guppies infuses the core elements of kindergarten readiness, including: math, literacy, the arts, science, and socio-emotional development. The DVD features a special double-length episode, Bubble Puppy’s Fin-Tastic Fairytale,” guest-starring Wanda Sykes. The episode premiered on prime-time Sunday February 19 at 8 PM on Nickelodeon. In addition, families can enjoy two extra music videos and a jukebox song selections. Bubble Guppies closed 2011 as the top preschool series across all TV with kids 2-5.  Bubble Guppies will be released by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution on May 1, 2012.

Bubble Guppies Episode Synopses:

Bubble Puppy’s Fin-Tastic Fairy Tale! (Double-Length Episode): Once upon a time, Molly and Gil went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. But when a mean Witch, played by Wanda Sykes, turns Bubble Puppy into a frog, Molly and Gil enlist the help of some famous fairytale friends to undo her mean green spell. They better work fast or else no one in the Enchanted Forest will live happily ever after!

Bubble Puppy: Gil wants to adopt a puppy after seeing one he really likes at the adoption center, but the Bubble Guppies have to learn how to take care of a pet before he can bring it home.

Bubble Bites: Ms. Pinkytoe, a friendly crab, gives Gil a few Bubble Bites to feed to Bubble Puppy. Bubble Puppy wants more food so the guppies head to the supermarket. They discover there is one box of Bubble Bites left and both Gil and Ms. Pinkytoe want it, so they must compete in a Bubble Bites biathlon. Will Gil get more Bubble Bites to feed Bubble Puppy? Or will Ms. Pinkytoe get them for her dog, Bud?

Bubble Guppies is available for sale through Amazon for $10.99

The first thing that strikes me about this DVD is how high-quality the animation is and how adorable the characters are.  A few of the characters that stand out include Deema with her imaginative and very cute curly hair, Nonny and Gill with their spiky red and blue hair, respectively, and Mr. Grouper, the fish with the crooked smile.  The voicing for the snail and the giant squid is terrific.  The choreography is also very captivating, especially on the “Super Super Supermarket” song.

The movie features a wide variety of musical styles, is all extremely well-done, attractive to kids and catchy.  Most of them make you really want to get up and dance. I especially enjoyed the “Once Upon a Time” and the “Outside” songs.

Although the DVD seems to be mostly pure entertainment, there is an educational component.  For example, the supermarket sequence reviews how supermarkets are organized (e.g., produce, dairy, housewares) as well as simple addition and subtraction at the cash register.

The movie kept the attention of my children, boys ages 3 and 5, for the full 88 minutes.  They liked it so much they even played it again as soon as we finished it for the first time. They commented that they liked the movie.  My 5-year-old did find the witch character scary, which is a negative in my book.  The genre of fairy tales, which makes up part of this DVD, always makes me brace myself for scared children.  The DVD is “unrated” in the United States, and no age guidelines are given, unfortunately.

The DVD’s packaging is colorful and attractive and would be appealing to small children.

 

 

This review was written by Lisa for The Mama Report

I received the above mentioned product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.

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