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Backyardigans: Escape From the Tower (2011)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Nickelodeon
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

'Escape from the Tower' is the Backyardigans as you never seen them before! Join the adventure with Tasha and Uniqua as two beautiful Princesses locked in a Tower. Will they escape the Tower guards Pabloe and Tyrone? Find out in this all new DVD. There are four episodes on this DVD for a total approximate runtime of 100 minutes.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only three episodes April 10, 2010
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My children love the Backyardigans. They get limited TV each day, and they always pick Backyardigans when it's time to watch something. It's a terrific show for preschoolers - singing, dancing, adventures, friends. We have most of their DVDs, and just about all are wonderful start to finish.
When I saw this new DVD, I knew my kids would be thrilled. None of these episodes have aired on TV (at least that we've seen) and they're all pretty good. My son loves the Los Galacticos, as it features a space ship with aliens (Uniqua and Austin) trying to put green goo on everything in sight. Also included is the Sock Factory and Escape the Tower.
The downfall for this DVD is that it features only three episodes, and none of them are double-length. For the fourth episode, the makers put a Freshbeat Band episode on. Thumbs down!! Had this been marketed for less than the other DVDs, I would have felt far less cheated. Since all of their other DVDs have had four episodes (or 3 with one being double-length) this one seems like it's been thrown together and packaged with filler. Did they not want to wait for a fourth episode before going to production?? Are they using this to push the Freshbeat Band?
Bottom line, these are cute episodes. Not quite as good as Super Secret Super Spy or Mighty Knights, but cute and typical for Backyardigans. Worth the full price since there's a half hour of advertising? Debatable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only 3 Episodes? May 8, 2010
By blyoung
Our girls love the Backyardigans, and we have collected all the dvds. They always love watching the show when it comes on Treehouse, and when we're traveling they play the dvd's in the van.

So I know a thing or two about the show and the dvd series. And each dvd has always had two hours worth of Backyardigans. Either four single episodes, or a double-length two parter and two single episodes.

This dvd is only 90 minutes long. Three single episodes. Collectors get to pay full price for 3/4's worth of value. Forget the "bonus" material - it's annoying. If that show was worth anything, people would buy it without being coerced in this way. It's certainly not the new "Wiggles" or anything.

However.... the 3 episodes are still great. I'd hate to recommend not buying this, because these shows are quite engaging and entertaining, and are not inferior in terms of typical Backyardigans quality.

Enjoy the three episodes, but skip over the stupid bonus at the end.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Description of episodes on this DVD March 25, 2010
By Beth
In case you are wondering, based on info I found online, the episodes on this DVD *should* be:

1) Break Out! "Sister princesses Tasha and Uniqua have been locked up in the castle tower for a very long time, but they plan to break out with the help of their magic mirror (Austin). However, castle guards Pablo and Tyrone, along with their security camera and traps don't plan to make this easy for them."

2) Los Galacticos: "Tyrone, Pablo and Tasha are the world-famous Mariachi band Los Galacticos. After receiving a new tour bus, they quickly learn that it's actually a spaceship! After accidentally launching themselves into space, and learning that Earth is in danger of attack from the Googors (Austin and Uniqua), they decide it is their duty to defend the Earth. Too bad they have no idea how to fly the ship yet."

3) For The Love of Socks! "Static-tester Pablo, Sockwatcher Tyrone and Folder Uniqua work in the world's sock factory, under the watchful eye of Foreman Tasha. But, when the sock machine goes berserk after Tasha loses her pencil in it, they enter the machine's cavernous depths to find it. Using their specific skills, can they find Tasha's pencil so the machine can run properly, or will it get away from them again?"

I can't find a fourth episode listed anywhere - it is possible that "Break Out!" is a double-length episode.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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My daughter is a Backyardigans addict. We have all the DVDs and most of the paraphernalia. "Gagains" was one of her first words. She's sitting on my lap right now listening to Backyardigans on iTunes. So I think we have cred to give this review.

I pre-ordered this DVD when I saw it was coming out and was very excited to have more variety to throw into our mix. The three episodes included are very cute and were a big hit with my daughter (22 months) and her cousin (29 months). In particular they loved Break-out (60s girl band music) and For the Love of Socks (Indian music). Even my sister's teen/tweens liked Break-out.

But a negative 564 stars for including an episode of The Fresh Beat Band in place of a fourth episode. If I wanted a Fresh Beat Band DVD I would buy it. And vomit while I burned it. The show is soooo stupid! If it was included as a "bonus" special feature I could stomach it. But I feel very cheated, in particular because the Christmas episode "The Action Elves Save Christmas" (yes, we watch a LOT of Backyardigans in my house, but no other kids' TV :) could have been included.

I'll be interested to see if Nick continues this trend. I'm planning a letter to them as well.

Amazon keeps changing the price on this DVD so the bottom line is it's worth it around $11 but not at the higher prices I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my kids loves these guys
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by a25dean
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Come on! Its the backyardigans. If you don't love your kids haven't made you watch a cartoon OVER AND OVER. Read more
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I love all Backyardigan DVDs. They keep my kids and me entertained. I wish they have it on TV, because a lot of kids are missing out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chat
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Three episodes: "Break Out!, For the Love of Socks, and Los Galacticos."
Stories are very funny. My kids thought "Love of Socks" was particularly hilarious.
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia MW Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE BACKYARDIGANS!!!
My granddaughters LOVE the Backyardigans and I even have enjoyed sitting through these DVDs myself. I send DVDs to my granddaughters for birthdays and Christmas and they LOVE the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MJC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series for Young Kids
We love all of the Backyardigans videos (some more than others, of course). This is a great series for young kids. Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars Bhangra Baby
My granddaughter is half Caucasian and half eastern Indian. She does like the Backyardigans and even I as an adult find their dancing and music so delightful. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cher
5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG HIT
Kids loved this one. Watch it at least 3 times a week. Backyardigans are a big hit around our house.
Published 15 months ago by Squeaky Shoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by the parents too
We needed some new Backyardigans DVDs to provide entertainment during a 18 hour car trip, so we ordered this one to add to our collection. Read more
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