KidVid: Lots for Spring from HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment has a full slate of pre-school entertainment planned with new releases starring Barney, Shaun the Sheep, Angelina Ballerina, Fifi and the Flowertots, Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Roary the Racing Car, Kipper, Timmy Time, and that little dog with the big imagination—Wishbone. (Clicking on any of the character names above will take you to an associated site filled with games, videos, and activities.)
Barney Shapes and Colors All Around will have kids kicking up their heels to banjo music as they learn about—what else?—shapes and colors. There are two bonus features included, “Color Train” read-along and a Timmy Time episode, “Timmy’s Plane.” Jump Into Spring features five episodes and three bonuses: Thomas & Friends (“Don’t Go Back”), Fireman Sam (“Three Legged Race”), Barney (“A Game for Everyone”), Bob the Builder (“Dizzy and the Wheelies”), Kipper (“The Big Race”), Roary the Racing Car (“Big Chris’s Big Workout”), Angelina Ballerina (“Angelina Cheerleader”), and Timmy Time (“Timmy Wants to Win”).
Shaun the Sheep, that adorable lamb from the creators of Wallace and Gromit has his own DVD, Spring Shenanigans, including seven stories, a “Sheep Shearing” Game, and a guest appearance from Timmy Time. Everyone’s favorite literate dog, Wishbone, brings four episodes to DVD: “The Impawssible Dream” (Don Quixote), “The Hunchdog of Notre Dame,” “Hot Diggety Dawg” (Journey to the Center of the Earth), and “Paw Prints of Thieves” (Robin Hood). This clever canine includes behind-the-scenes footage (pawage?) on his DVD—one that serves to painlessly introduce children to classic literature.
There are also two four-disc sets, Action Pack and Friend Pack, each with hours of entertainment. Action Pack is for everyone who loves trains, construction, and exciting rescues—who doesn’t? Thomas & Friends are featured on two discs, “Steamies vs. Diesels” and “Track Stars”; Bob the Builder presents “Heavy Duty Diggers”; and Fireman Sam is Here to Help, saving the supermarket on Fire Prevention Day, working with rescue dogs, and teaching all about fire safety, teamwork, and friendship. In addition to the episode on each disc, there are plenty of bonus features including music videos, games, and read-along.Continued on the next page