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Hi-5: Color Craze, Music Magic, Game Time
(December 18/04)

For those who aren't familiar with Hi-5, the group consists of five energetic hosts (Shaun, Kimee, Curtis, Jenn, and Carla) who offer up songs and skits for young viewers.

These three DVDs house a trio of episodes each, providing more than enough entertainment for very small children.

The first disc, Color Craze, contains the following episodes: Animals, Nature, and Favorites & Feelings. In Animals, viewers learn how to convincingly road like a lion and dress up like a peacock. Nature continues the animal theme and introduces several different species, while also teaching the viewer how to mix different colors of paint. Favorites & Feelings revolves around the best way to deal with different emotions, from happiness to melancholy.

Disc number two, Music Magic, features: Music Instruments, Styles of Music, and Music & Movement. Music Instruments combines an informative look at different instruments, with a tutorial on how to make your own set of windchimes. Styles of Music takes a look at a variety of different kinds of music, from salsa to jazz to disco. Music & Movement continues the theme, and features a quick tutorial in how to play music simply and effectively.

The third and final disc, Game Time, contains: Outside, Rainy Day, and Fantasy. Each episode essentially consists of different games that can be played depending on where you are (ie dancing games when it's raining, surfing on a nice day, etc.)

It would be impossible and absurd for me to try and evaluate any of this stuff on a critical level, though it does seem entirely likely that the series' demographic (kids under the age of five) will have a ball with these episodes.

 

About the DVDs: MGM Home Entertainment packs all three of these discs with supplemental features, including separate story time installments, karaoke sing-alongs, and other assorted goodies that will undoubtedly keep viewers engaged for hours.
© David Nusair