Parents are often anxious when their small child demands to see a movie. Mostly because of a fear that they’ll demand a 12 hour Soviet epic that will make their bedtime get delayed until sunrise. However most kids movies are around 90 minutes since producers seem to understand the attention span of a kindergartner. With that in mind Nickelodeon has released a series of DVDs under the Big Little Movies banner. The movie is basically a double long episode on a single DVD. Parents can appreciate the limited offering since there’s no extra episodes that the kids can plea to watch before bedtime.
Big Little Movies: Dora’s Explorer Girls – Our First Concert features the more mature Dora who looks a lot more girlie than before. She now hangs out with other girls instead of talking animals and uses cellphone apps instead of magical devices for help on her mission. Dora needs to get tickets to a Shakira concert. This is something your kids might soon need to do so this is a real life skill episode.
Big Little Movies: Dora Saves Fairytale Land is a younger Dora adventure with her pal Boots the monkey. She has to bring magic back to fairytale land else her friends might vanish from literature. This is more aimed at imaginative kids. Big Little Movies: Umi Space Heroes makes the cast of Umi Zoomi go out of this world. The moon gets busted up into 4 pieces. It’s up to Milli, Geo and Bot to patch things up. This could be frightening to kids who fear destruction of the moon if the cow hits it.
Bubble Guppies: The Puppy and the Ring brings the aquatic critters in the land of The Lord of the Rings. This is a much more kid friendly version of the story as they retrieve the ring owned by the sun king. There’s more catchy songs here than in the Peter Jackson production. The DVD also includes “The Wizard of Oz-tralia” which goes down under to enjoy Dorothy’s tale. “Sir Nonny the Nice!” and “Bubble-cadabra!” are the the two additional tales.
Max and Ruby: Sharing & Caring is a collection about why bunny siblings can’t hog everything up. Max is the silent mischievous younger brother. Ruby does her best to stay patient with the rascal. There’s a dozen shorts in this collection that focus on how you have to look out for each other. “Ruby’s Real Tea Party” is not a political message. “The Bunny Who Cried Lobster” is a favorite although I never share my lobster with siblings.
Here’s Josie’s take on these collections of Big Little Movies and Bunny adventures:
Joe Corey is the writer and director of "Danger! Health Films" currently streaming on Night Flight and Amazon Prime. He's the author of "The Seven Secrets of Great Walmart People Greeters." This is the last how to get a job book you'll ever need. He was Associate Producer of the documentary "Moving Midway." He's worked as local crew on several reality shows including Candid Camera, American's Most Wanted, Extreme Makeover Home Edition and ESPN's Gaters. He's been featured on The Today Show and CBS's 48 Hours. Dom DeLuise once said, "Joe, you look like an axe murderer." He was in charge of research and programming at the Moving Image Archive.