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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2011

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"Amazing Alphabet" (DVD) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Familiar to kids and parents from the LeapFrog line of toys and books, now you can watch Tad, Lily and Scout.  When they set out with Edison the Firefly to an amusement park that helped him to learn his letters, they find that it's in a state of disrepair.  After trying to start the ferris wheel, Edison becomes trapped at the top and unless they can learn their letters as well, they won't be able to help out Edison.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2010, Color, Not Rated, 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-2
  • 480i
  • English Dolby Digital
  • Starring:  Not Listed
  • Directed by Not Listed
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Though the age range (2-5) is a little advanced for my son (14 months when we watched this), it did keep him watching and entertained for much longer than usual.  Once he's able to better understand what is going on, I feel sure that he'll enjoy it, and be able to learn from it.

Technical

Compared to the other children's DVDs I have watched, the quality on the LeapFrog DVD was very impressive.  Images were bright and sharp, though on some quick transitions I did notice some jaggies would come out.  Your kids won't care, however, and they will enjoy the presentation.

Extras

The DVD also includes some sing along songs, short videos about vowels, a video about Scout the puppy, and a commentary from the educational consultant for LeapFrog explaining the educational benefits of different sections of the film.