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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba: Party in a Box and Dora the Explorer: Dora's Big Party Pack Review

My kids adore everything Nick Jr!  I know a lot of parents I've talked to absolutely detest Yo Gabba Gabba, but I think it's actually kind of cute and fun!  The music is catchy, you'd be amazed the celebrities they get on the show and the characters are endearing.

Party in a Box is a three-DVD box set that includes Birthday BoogieClubhouse and Dancey Dance Bunch so get ready to explore everything from animals and new foods to birthdays and dress-up.  Special guests in this collection include Erykah Badu, The Ting Tings, and Elijah Wood. Additionally, Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh appear in their recurring segments.

Family Time Factor: I think that as kids get older, they start getting a little embarrassed that they like the show, but I'd say it is most appreciated by kids 6 and under.  I don't find it that annoying, so I don't have a problem having it on in the background while I clean or what not.

MOTR Grade: B+

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Big Party Pack

My kids LOVE Dora... I love Dora because it teaches Spanish, it's cute, it teaches shapes, numbers, alphabet, you name it!  It seriously is like preschool.  You'd be amazed how much kids learn from that show.  Of course, you get those parents that disapprove of their kids learning from a tv show... nazis. 

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Party Pack Episode Synopses:

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday AdventureDora’s Big Birthday Adventure
A twisting wind has blown Dora and Boots into Wizzle World, a land located in the Magic Storybook.  Dora and Boots can’t jump out of the Magic Storybook without first taking Dora’s crystal to the Wishing Wizzle so he can wish them back home in time for Dora’s birthday party with all her family and friends. The episode guest stars Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo and Hector Elizondo.

Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle
Dora is reading a storybook about a Birthday Wizzle who could make birthday wishes come true with his magic wand.  Today was his birthday so it was his turn to make a wish, but a wind came in and blew the wand out of the book.  Dora must jump into the book and bring the wand back to the Wizzle so he can make his wish.

Wizzle Wishes
Dora and Boots meet a cute little Wizzle who lost his bag of wishes and can’t get home.  Our heroes set off in search of the lost wishes, but their friends keep finding the wishes first and their wishes get everyone into trouble.

Dora the Explorer: Super Silly Fiesta
Super Silly Fiesta
Dora and Boots are invited to the Big Silly Chicken’s Super Silly Fiesta.  The Big Red Chicken loses the cake for his party so Dora and Boots set off to save the fiesta.

Boots’ Special Day
Today, Boots gets to do anything he wants because it’s his special day!

Stuck Truck
When Ice Cream Truck gets stuck in the muck at Play Park, Dora and Boots are off to the rescue.

The Big Potato
Benny the Bull finds a magic wand and turns himself into a potato by mistake.  It’s up to Dora and Boots to bring their potato friend back to the Young Wizard so that he can change Benny back into a bull.

Dora the Explorer: It’s A Party!
Daisy, la Quinceañera
It’s Dora’s cousin Daisy’s quinceañera!  The party can’t start until Dora and Boots teach everybody the mambo.

The Big Piñata
Dora and Boots are trying to win the Big Piñata.  They need to collect ten yellow tickets by playing carnival games.

Surprise!
It’s Boots’ birthday, but Benny the Bull is stuck on a hot air balloon that’s leaking and floating toward Crocodile Lake. Dora and Boots rush off to rescue their friend.

The Fix It Machine
Boots has a hole in his boot but Dora knows what to do.  The Super Duper Fix-It Machine can fix it right up!

Family Time Factor: I think it probably is most enjoyed by kids 8 and under and I find it to be extremely tolerable for adults!

MOTR Grade: A

Yo Gabba Gabba Party in a Box and Dora the Explorer: Dora's Big Party Pack are currently available on DVD!!!

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