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Adventures in Booga Booga Land: 'So This is Booga' & Other Episodes


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  • Actors: Scott Nichol
  • Directors: Cliff McDowell, Robert Garlington
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Cream Lake Productions
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMUYUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jeremy Johnson
I watched this video with my 5 year old daughter and she thought it was okay, but admitted it's not her favorite.
Cari
If I was a child unable to read, I would have no idea these had anything to do with God or Jesus' teaching.
Jonathan E. Gilbert

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Holley on October 31, 2010
The idea behind this DVD is that it retells some of the parables of Jesus in a modern setting, with animal characters - obviously, designed for children.

It's a great idea.

But not a great DVD.

First and most troubling, it falls into the all-too-common problem that is plaguing kids' media these days - stupid physical humor, humor involving peril or injury, crass humor, etc. I'm sorry, but in a *Bible teaching* DVD especially, I do not find it appropriate to find humor in people falling from great heights, covering the driver's face so the bus almost crashes, etc.

But this DVD also simply came up short in the Bible teaching.

Yes, I recognized the parable in their story about window washers being paid the same amount when some worked all day and some only worked a short time... But the "moral" of the story was not at all emphasized, leaving it totally obscure to a childish audience.

There are a lot better things for your children to watch, from Little House on the Prairie to VeggieTales. Give this one a pass.

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I received this product free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze review program; I was not compensated in any other way for this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Miley on December 17, 2010
It is difficult to find a DVD of any genre, particularly children's programs, that is both interesting and appropriate. I was curious to see how this one measured up, and was pleased to find that it did very well. My 7 and 10 year old actively watched, and even my teenager didn't just roll his eyes and leave the room (which is saying a lot these days!).

Adventures in Booga Booga Land is a new DVD series based on the adventures of Gerard the Giraffe and Marty the Monkey. This DVD contains 3 episodes, each based on a different parable from the book of Matthew in the Bible (The Workers in the Vineyard, The Wise and Foolish Builders, and The Lamp Under the Bowl). While not specifically addressing the actual stories from Scripture (they are referenced at the beginning of each episode), they set up the stories well and provide a good avenue for family discussions about what Jesus was trying to teach. This is exactly what happened with us after we watched, and they boys retained both the DVD story and parable days later.
The animation was bright and colorful, with sound effects and constant action. There was quite a bit of cartoon violence (falling, shooting through the air, etc.) that was very mild, which may be of concern for some families. We all enjoyed it, and have watched it numerous times.

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this DVD from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes. No other compensation was received.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Johnson on November 6, 2010
Adventures in Booga Booga Land - by Richard Milner

This DVD follows Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe through 3 parables:
1. Parable of the workers
2. Parable of the wise and foolish builders
3. Parable of the light under the bowl

First, my two nieces loved it. They watched it twice in a row, however I had some concerns with the stories.
As you progress through the 3 parables, they loose their focus. The first parable was cute and made it's point well.
The second point made its point but followed more the main stream TV in that it's animations was centered around violence. Marty was continually getting in trouble, making fun or hurting their instructor.
The final parable I do not see how it ties into the parable at all.

It was a cute and entertaining video but failed at its intent of teaching the parables.

Because of the violent actions of Marty in the second parable and the total miss with the last parable; I give this a 2 and 1/2 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] <[...]> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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You never know what you're going to get with kids videos. Sometimes they surprise you; they're packed with great content and have terrific production quality. Sometimes they're okay, but forgettable. And then there are the ones that are an absolute train wreck--mind-numbingly painful to watch and just awful, awful production values.

(I'm not sure if that's the best opening for a review, but there you have it.)

Recently I received a copy of Adventures in Booga Booga Land, distributed by Tommy Nelson (Thomas Nelson's children's product division). Based on Richard Milner's children's book, the DVD features three stories that serve as retellings of Jesus' parables & teaching: The workers in the Vineyard from Matt 20:1-16, The Wise & Foolish Builders from Matt. 7:24-27 and The Lamp under the Bowl from Matt. 5:14-16.

So, how did it fare? Well...

The stories on the DVD really only serve as a lead-in for parents to have a discussion of the biblical teaching. This can be a good and bad thing. On the one hand, it's great to have something to call your kids back to as in, "remember when Marty and Gerard got all huffy because their boss paid people who started working at the end of the day the same wage as them? Well, let's take a look at that story in the Bible..." So in that sense, it's a helpful learning aid. On the other hand, if you don't always have time to do a full lesson with your kids and need something that has a more "complete" message, you'll want to look elsewhere.

Another concern that came up was that the stories themselves are surprisingly violent; my daughter was very confused and concerned when Marty the Monkey and the Schwarzenegger-styled adult education teacher were fighting in the grocery store.
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