KidVid: Two Big Play Dates for April 5
Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine will be back for play dates on April 5, much to the delight of their fans. Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment are releasing three-DVD sets for each character and they are packed with fun, entertainment, and—yes—learning.
The Barney Play Date Pack offers 159 minutes of Barney, Baby Bop, BJ, and friends visiting, singing, playing, and pretending. Let’s Pretend with Barney is an imaginative romp in which Barney and his buddies—soaring on the wings of imagination—build an airplane for a tropical adventure. Bonus features include “Barney’s Jukebox,” a counting game, a matching game, “Read-Along,” a bonus episode, and music video.
The second disc, Can You Sing that Song, is a musical game show hosted by Barney. Together with this interactive musical challenge are “Barney’s Jukebox,” “Barney’s Game Show,” DVD-ROM activities, and an episode of everyone’s favorite contractor, Bob the Builder (who can resist Bob?). The third disc, Come On Over to Barney's House, features anything-can-happen fun with a visit to Barney’s home. Its bonus features are “Read-Along,” “Sing-Along,” a bonus video, and “Behind the Scenes with the Cast.”
Thomas and friends steam down the tracks with three DVDs to enthrall little train-lovers in the appropriately named Thomas and Friends Play Date Pack. The first, Thomas and the Jet Engine is a surprising story—Thomas actually rockets ahead of Gordon, thanks to a little help. There are six episodes included, a “character cube,” sing-along, and three DVD games (“Counting Corner” “What Came First?, and “Memory Madness”).
There’s a little bit of mystery to On Site with Thomas, and a bit of competition as the team tries to choose the most important engine. And who’s hiding in the forest? Six episodes, a character gallery, “Read-Along,” two sing-alongs, two games, and a DVD-ROM game comprise On Site with Thomas.
Monsters and mischief rule as Thomas comes to the rescue in Thomas and the Really Brave Engines, another DVD crammed with entertainment and lessons about friendship, rules, and social skills (six episodes, character gallery, read-along story (“The Midnight Ride of Thomas the Tank Engine), sing-along song (“Troublesome Trucks”), two DVD games (spelling and puzzle), and a DVD-ROM game (“Coloring Creation”).
Both Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine are recommended for preschool through kindergarten-age children, and support learning and social skills. They will be released on April 5, 2011, and are available now for pre-order.