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Paramount Studios presents

Curious Buddies: Let's Move! (2005)

"That's great stretching!"- narrator

Stars: various
Director: various

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 00h:29m:43s
Release Date: 2005-04-12
Genre: educational

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DVD Review

With more and more kids' titles continuing to appear on DVD store shelves, it's not surprise that Paramount Home Video is releasing more entries in their Curious Buddies series, with Let's Move! being among the latest additions.

This title features the same group of cute puppets, who have come along for another bit of singing, dancing, and learning, this time focusing on the importance of movement in our everyday lives. This particular DVD is geared towards kids ages 1-3 years of age.

Curious Buddies: Let's Move! begins with a lesson on physical activity and dance, mixing footage of the puppets with actual kids dancing about. There's more movement during the teaching of the concepts "fast," "slow," "big," and "small."

The puppets even go hipster on us, showing kids what yoga, stretching, and balance are all about. This part goes right along with the next topic, as kids explore their head, shoulders, knees, and toes, with the help of a song.

The wacky puppets do all of their teaching with the help of well-known motion-based songs, rhymes, and games that will keep toddlers active, entertained, and informed for hours on end, and parents will love the DVDs feature that allows them to play this program on repeat.

It's also nice that the puppets don't teach only one musical style throughout these DVDs. With multiple styles being taught, the Curious Buddies DVDs keep each new song and dance experience fresh and interesting for the youngsters.

Again, it's a tough call between the Curious Buddies and Baby Einstein DVDs, but kids and parents really can't go wrong with either one, which is plain to see after exploring Curious Buddies: Let's Move!

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A-


Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: This full-frame presentation is just as colorful as the other discs in the series, which is to say, VERY colorful. The kaleidoscope of colors are perfect attention grabbers, with the solid contrast and shadow levels helping the presentation along. The only slight distraction is a bit of grain that appears, albeit infrequently.

Image Transfer Grade: A

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes

Audio Transfer Review: There aren't any problems with the rather lively Dolby Digital 2.0 track, which does a great job directly involving kids in the lively music. Lyrics and dialogue is crisp and clear, and is never hampered by distortion or hiss.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+ 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 7 cues and remote access
Music/Song Access with 8 cues and remote access
1 Feature/Episode commentary by Dr. Rachel Barr
Packaging: Keep Case
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. "I Can Help" Music Video: Clip showing kids helping around the house.
  2. Photo Gallery: various images from the DVD.
Extras Review: There's a music video and photo gallery, as well as an audio commentary with Dr. Rachel Barr, during which she discusses the value of this material to kids in the target age group.

Extras Grade: C

Final Comments

Yet another fun, interactive learning tool is available on DVD, and, no surprise it is in the form of a Curious Buddies DVD. This series continues to shine, with Curious Buddies: Let's Move! sure to keep kids active for hours and hours.

Chuck Aliaga 2005-04-12