There’s no secret that nepotism is the secret of success for so many people in Hollywood. How else do you explain the Baldwin family or Jimmy Kimmel’s relatives? But who would suspect the key to success in animated shows can lie in family ties. Nickelodeon needed a new star after the success of Dora the Explorer. They promptly hired Diego Marquez to host Go, Diego, Go! Turns out the kid is Dora’s cousin. He doesn’t hide the connection since Dora pops up now and then to lend her star power and learn about animals. Go Diego Go!: Diego Saves the World puts the kid in dangerous territory to rescue various critters.
This collection includes six episodes where Diego and his sister Alicia (another relative hire) zip around the globe on missions. They run the Animal Rescue Center. Neither of them break a sweat or act too scared. He brings along a baby jaguar on these long distance trips. The jaguar appears to not be related to Dora. “Diego the Hero” send him down South to rescue penguins. Kids are supposed to help him make wise choices on the way. “Diego Saves Baby Humpback Whale” brings up the issue of beached whales. He needs a turtle to yank the whale back to deep water. While the sentiment is nice, whales normally beach themselves for a reason other than getting swept up in the tide. “Cotton-Top Tamarin Cave Rescue” pretty much spoils any surprise. Diego has to go after a monkey creature.
“Bengal Tiger Makes a Wish” reunites a lost baby tiger with his mom. Luckily there was no poachers around ready to turn the baby tiger into an aphrodisiac. “Jorge the Little Hawk Learns to Migrate” is the classic little bird gets lost from his folks. It’s up to Diego to get the hawk flying the right way otherwise he’ll end up like the Canadian Geese that never leave my neighborhood. “Egyptian Camel Adventure” deals with uncovering a Golden Cloud so the camels can drink rain water.
At the end of each show, they reveal what the animal really looks like so your kids don’t think it’s a purely animated beast that smiles and acts like a human. No matter how hard they try, whales can’t smile like they do on this show. Go Diego Go is aimed straight at little kids with little entertainment factor for grown ups. Diego doesn’t stray from his cousin’s juvenile approach to the world. Go Diego Go!: Diego Saves the World is a DVD that you put on so the kiddies get out of your hair for an hour or so.
The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers look fine with good detail to the strange animals in need of saving. The colors should dazzle young eyes. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0. There’s nothing that exciting about the sound mix. They don’t have nasty animal noises to frighten the kids. The episodes are Closed Captioned.
Go Diego Go!: Diego Saves the World is simple fun as Dora’s cousin races around the globe to rescue critters. The show is completely geared to little kids. There’s nothing to panic about when Diego is in the worst of situations. This DVD is a gift for the little ones.
Paramount Home Entertainment presents Go Diego Go!: Diego Saves the World. Starring: Diego, Dora and Alicia. Boxset Contents: 6 episodes on 1 DVDs. Released on DVD: April 12, 2011.
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