even my kids are less than thrilled We found this video at our local library, and my twins wanted to check it out because it was the only Clifford title on the shelf that day. The first time we put it in, they looked at me askance when the cartoon Clifford suddenly became a guy in a dog suit. Not what they were expecting. (I had read the back of the case, however, & knew what I was in for.)
I could set aside the poor production and even the false feel of the acting if they would at least get the words to the songs right, but that seems to be asking too much. I've never before heard Wheels on the Bus without any wheels! Shoo Fly does not include the traditional second stanza ("I feel like a morning star"), but a few odd replacement stanzas, instead. Skip to My Lou is also not the traditional version. Worst of all, I think, is the version of She'll be Coming Round the Mountain with no horses, no pajamas, no greeting . . . .
Say what you will about the Wiggles -- at least 3 of the 4 men have degrees in early childhood education, don't talk down to the children in their productions, and actually get my kids up and moving. This Clifford production is false and insipid -- and even my 3-year olds understand that on their own. The only songs they like to see are This Old Man and Shoo Fly -- they ignore the rest of the video, and ask me to fast-forward through it to the songs they like.
A cool video, doesn't really show the entire alphabet This is a cool video. I liked the detail about a desire to go to the circus. I used to have letter hunts for the letters I needed to make messages(like in the video). But it doesn't show every letter of the alphabet. In the current PBS TV series, the theme song, setting, backdrop, and character voices have obviously been modified from that in this video. Why? Everything was perfectly fine the way it was, and why did they give a completely different cast? Oh, well, at least I've seen this video!Big Red Dog Is Big Red Fun For Kids! My sons greatly enjoy the adventures of Clifford! I give this video 4 stars instead of 5 only because it is beginning to show it's age but it is still quite entertaining and educational.Kids Love This! I can understand how parents might think this video is a bit hokey, but my kids absolutely love it. My one year old daughter claps, dances and is just mesmerized by this video. My almost-3 year old son likes it a lot too. He tried to copy all the dance moves and sings a little with it. I think it's great because they love it so much.The kids love it - they sing and dance along. I am a child care provider and the children in my care have requested this participatory tape over many years as a first choice. It has been bumped off the top of the chart recently by the Wiggles which is equally or more obnoxious from an adult view point. The children aged 1-5 years dance and sing to the many traditional tunes in this tape. I was actually dissappointed in the animated PBS tape and am searching for another Clifford tape which is participatory before the Wiggles drive me mad! A new Wee Sing purchase may have to come to the rescue instead.