DVD Review: Shimmer and Shine & Whiskers & Paws

Seems like every few months, my daughter finds a new TV show to embrace. Lately her fascination has been focused on Shimmer and Shine. They are twin genies-in-training who are doing their magical best to learn all the ropes. They are like Shimmer has pink hair and Shine is the one with blue locks. The Nickelodeon series is coming to DVD on both a solo release fittingly called Shimmer and Shine and as part of the compilation Nickelodeon Favorites: Whiskers & Paws.

Shimmer and Shine has seven episodes that have already aired as part the Nick Jr. block. The episodes are “The Sweetest Thing,” “Dino Might!,” “Genie Treehouse,” “What a Pig Mess,” “Ahoy, Genies!,” “Lights! Camera! Genies!” and “Abraca-Genie.” The two genies learn that what people ask for when it comes to a wish might not be what they imagine. The key to the show is understanding meaning and making sure people get exactly what they order. These are great customer service tips.
Nickelodeon Favorites: Whispers & Paws brings together the major players of nick Jr. Each episode is furry pet related. Shimmer and Shine starts it off with “Abracca-Genie.” Paw Patrol kicks things around with “Pups Leaves Marshall Home Alone.” Dora and Friends get serious with “Puppy Princess Rescue.” Fresh beat Band of Spies takes the live action show into the animated world. They’re also now doing a bit of sleuthing. They reuse the old songs. Bubble Guppies introduce us to “Bubble Kitty!” Finally there’s a Blue’s Clues with “Un Dia Con Plum!”

Here’s Josie’s review of both sets:

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic for the new episodes. The older episodes are 1.33:1 full frame. The transfers look fine for all the shows. The audio is Dolby Digital Audio 5.1 with a Spanish dub on Shimmer and Shine. Whiskers & Paws is Dolby Digital Stereo. Both DVDs are Closed Captioned.

No bonus features although some copies of Whiskers & Paws contains an extra Nickelodeon DVD. This set had Peter Rabbit‘s “Spring Into Adventure.”

Paramount & Nickelodeon presents Shimmer and Shine. Starring: Shimmer & Shine. Boxset Contents: 7 Episodes on 1 DVD. Released: February 2, 2015.

Paramount & Nickelodeon presents Nickelodeon Favorites: Whispers & Paws. Starring: Sela Ward, Swoozie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Julianne Phillips. Boxset Contents: 24 Episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: January 26, 2015.

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