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Bunnytown: Hello Bunnies! (June 7/09)

Bunnytown: Hello Bunnies! follows a series of colorful puppets as they engage in a whole host of over-the-top shenanigans and high jinks, with occasional appearances from human characters as one particular pink rabbit pops his way up to the surface. The disc contains four adventures: Hello Bunnies! (a trio of rabbits attempt to race one another despite several obstacles), G'Day Bunnies! (two rabbits find themselves confounded by their ongoing efforts at pushing a large rock), Bunny-A-Go-Go! (a tenacious rabbit persists in his efforts at tackling a mountain despite being passed by a variety of other characters), and Bumblin' Bunnies! (in which several storylines are presented). The disc also boasts a few extras and a number of bonus sneak peeks at other Disney titles.

Handy Manny: Big Race (April 10/10)

In Handy Manny: Big Race, Wilmer Valderrama's central character decides to participate in his neighborhood's Wood Valley 500 car race - with his efforts at transforming a broken-down jalopy into a sleek racing vehicle requiring the help of his various friends. The disc, which is broken down into two episodes (Handy Manny Big Race and Bunny in the Basement/Fast Eddie's Scooter), comes equipped with two levels of Discovery Mode for viewing, as well as the requisite assortment of Disney Sneak Peeks (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story 3, My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super-Duper Super Sleuths, TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Handy Manny: Manny's Motorcycle Adventure, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Movie Rewards, and Disney Blu-ray: Magic in High-Def).

Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team (June 7/09)

Handy Manny stars Wilmer Valderrama as the title character, a bilingual Hispanic handyman who - along with his adorable, talking tools - tackles a variety of repairs from episode to episode. This disc contains five such stories: Saving The Turtles (Manny and his tools must repair a bike trail without destroying a turtle's egg-laying habitat), Manny Goes Solar (Manny and his tools help a local shop owner install a solar-powered sign), Science Fair (a sweltering science fair receives assistance from Manny and his tools in building a working air conditioning unit), Light Work (Manny must help an elderly woman fix her ancient chandelier in the dark), and Bloomin' Tools (Manny and his tools help a friend assemble several indoor flower beds). The disc also includes an interactive game entitled Livin' La Vida Verde and a checklist that will "help your family go green."

Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure (November 30/09)

Handy Manny: Motorcycle Adventure follows Wilmer Valderrama's titular character as he embarks on a road trip to his family reunion, with problems ensuing as pal Pat (Tom Kenny) veers off in search of his own family. The disc, which includes the song "Rolling Down The Highway" by Los Lobos, also boasts a bonus episode of the series. In A Very Handy Holidy, Manny must repair the lights on an oversized Christmas tree and also help with a car that's stuck on an icy road. The DVD also includes an interactive adventure mode, which allows the viewer to answer a series of questions as the main feature unfolds.

Higglytown Heroes: Heroes on the Move (August 10/07)

Higglytown Heroes: Heroes on the Move offers up five short episodes revolving around the exploits of central characters Eubie, Wayne, Twinkle, Kip, and Fran, with the show's bright and colorful animation undoubtedly designed to hold the interest of very small children. The episodes included are: Bright Sights, Big City (the gang almost misses a show at a big theater), Ship Ahoy! (the friends embark on a short boat trip), Twinkle, Twinkle Little Fish (at the beach, a seagull steals Twinkle's swimming cap), Dirigible Day (Zeke's uncle invites the gang to Higglytown's Dirigible Day celebrations), Catch Up with Ketchup (Kip's father opens a hot dog stand but forgets his lucky ketchup bottle).

Higglytown Heroes: To The Rescue (August 10/07)

The Higglytown Heroes gang returns with this DVD, which collects five more short episodes of their many misadventures: Balloon-A-Palooza (Wayne, Twinkle, and Fran wind up stuck on a hot air balloon), Wayne's Day Out (Wayne gets lost at the Higglytown Craft Fair), Smells Like a Mystery (the kids have a bona fide mystery on their hands after Kip's dad's hot dog stand goes missing), A Really Hot Day (the gang heads to the pool on a sweltering day and subsequently learn all about water safety), and Kip Joins the Circus (when the circus comes to town, the five friends decide to put on their own show at the Fricky-Frack Funhouse).

Imagination Movers: Warehouse Mouse Edition (June 7/09)

Imagination Movers consists of four performers - Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott Smith - and details their episode-to-episode efforts at solving a variety of problems using only their respective imaginations. Warehouse Mouse Edition contains four of their adventures: Bucket Trouble (in which the foursome's attempts at producing a commercial are foiled after Rich gets his foot stuck in a bucket), The Tooth Hurts (the central characters' pet, Warehouse Mouse, refuses to go to the vet after he's hit with a toothache), Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Mouse? (the quintet's broken television proves to be far more problematic than they had anticipated, with the situation exacerbated by a repairman afraid of mice), and Finders Key-pers (the Movers must help their nextdoor neighbor find his keys). The episodes, which are (unlike what the packaging claims) presented with 4X3 transfers, are accompanied by an "exclusive episode of upcoming Playhouse Disney series Special Agent Oso."

Jojo's Circus: Animal A Go-Go (March 25/05)

Animal A Go-Go places Jojo and her friends into four different situations, as the 48-minute feature is broken up into quarters. There's a lot of bright, vibrant clay animation on display here, so it seems fairly obvious that very young children will enjoy this. The DVD also includes a pair of games - "Jojo Says" and a DVD-ROM activity entitled "Jojo Coloring Pages" - and a bonus short, Higglytown Heroes - Flappy's Not Happy. Finally, the disc comes with a series of Disney Sneak Peeks.

Jojo's Circus: Take a Bow (March 25/05)

Take a Bow follows Jojo and her friends as they frolick, play around, and generally have fun. The feature, which runs around 48-minutes, seems to encourage playfulness and movement over educational content, and should certainly appeal to viewers under the age of five. The disc also includes two games - "Disneypedia: Going to the Circus" and a DVD-ROM activity entitled "Jojo Coloring Pages" - as well as a bonus short, Higglytown Heroes - Havin' a Ball. Finally, the disc comes with a series of Disney Sneak Peeks.

Super Duper Super Sleuths (April 3/10)

Marking another installment in the "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" collection, Super Duper Super Sleuths follows Pooh, Tigger, Darby, and Buster as they inadvertantly receive superpowers after a shooting star falls in Rabbit's garden. This 45-minute mini movie has been broken down into eight chapters and the disc also comes armed with a good amount of bonus features. First, though, one is treated to the requisite Disney Sneak Peeks: Toy Story 3, TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Beauty and the Beast, Handy Manny, Disney Blu-ray: Magic in High-Def, and Disney Movie Rewards. In terms of the supplemental materials, the disc includes an "Interactive Discovery Mode" and a bonus episode of My Friends Tigger & Pooh entitled Darby Gets Lemons, Makes Lemonade/Dancing With Darby.

Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (January 22/10)

Falling under the "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" line of titles, Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too follows Pooh and the gang as they learn a series of life lessons - with the actual storyline detailing Rabbit's change in personality after he's appointed mayor of the Hundred Acre Wood by his friends. In addition to the 57-minute movie, this DVD comes armed with a game entitled "Rabbit's Think Think Think Theater," a music video for Kenny Loggins' "Underneath the Same Sky," and an expected array of trailers for Disney titles (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey's Big Splash, Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland, Up, Monsters Inc, and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.


© David Nusair