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Backyardigans - Polka Palace Party (2004)

Jonah Bobo , Sean Curley , Donald Kim  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonah Bobo, Sean Curley, LaShawn Jefferies, Jamia Simone Nash, Thomas Sharkey
  • Directors: Donald Kim
  • Writers: Anne D. Bernstein, Janice Burgess, Scott Gray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: January 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNX4NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Backyardigans - Polka Palace Party" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes: Polka Palace Party, High Tea
  • "Hold Tight" music video

Editorial Reviews

Collaboration and compromise prove key to imaginative backyard adventures in this quartet of Backyardigans episodes. In "Polka Palace Party," Cowboy Tyrone's love of the tuba and polka music takes him on a journey way out west to the Cheyenne Polka Palace. Along the way, he rescues clarinet playing Uniqua, accordion playing Pablo, and drum playing Austin from their separate perils. The group eventually joins forces to form a successful four-piece polka band. When Tasha convinces Pablo, Tyrone and Uniqua to have high tea with her, the gang resigns itself to a pretty boring afternoon. Little do they know that preparing for high tea will take them into the deep jungle, to meet the Emperor of the Ming Empire, and into the vicinity of the gushing geyser in the Gobe Desert. Three Tarzans and a scientist journey through the jungle in search of the Wormy family in "The Heart of the Jungle" and it's a rough adventure on the stormy seas for Viking sailors intent on discovering a new land in "Viking Voyages." As always, The Backyardigans features lots of kid-sung music--this time in the polka, Irish, Broadway and jazz styles. Also included is the music video "Hold Tight" from the "Viking Voyages" episode. (Ages 18 months to 6 years) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Get your toes a-tapping in the Wild West – and on a High Tea adventure – with The Backyardigans. Yip-yip-yip and pip-pip-cheerio!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such clever stories! Celtic Music on "High Tea" November 6, 2006
I bought this DVD because it had my all-time favorite episode, "High Tea" on it, which features Celtic music and a little Irish dancing. Polka Palace Party is a very close second, though. The creators of Backyardigans keep getting better by combining creative adventures for the 5 friends with terrific song and dance numbers. The clarity of the video is so clear it's almost 3-D.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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This is the third DVD of the series, and contains another four adventures of the five colorful friends known as the Backyardigans.

Polka Palace Party introduces kids to four new genres of music. The songs in the four adventures are themed to Polka, Irish folk music, Gilbert & Sullivan and Rockabilly.

Unfortunately, the grouping in this DVD puts the two slower musical themes back to back, and between "High Tea" with its Irish theme and "The Heart of the Jungle" based on the music of Gilbert & Sullivan, my son lost interest and barely glanced at "Viking Voyage".

Because of this, I am forced to watch Polka Palace Party repeatedly, as nobody wants to go any further.

Not the best one to get for a first purchase, but still worth a look.

Amanda Richards, February 5, 2006
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Backyardigans: the best. March 26, 2006
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The Backyardigans are the best kid video entertainment, and coming from a die hard Sesame Street fan that is saying a lot. I came home from work to an empty house, started fixing dinner, and thought - hmm, maybe I'll listen to the High Tea video. With no kid around! After watching it a million times!

The characters are real individuals. Pablo is hyper and frenetic, Tyrone thoughtful and smart (also a little tone deaf), Tasha bossy and authoritarian, and Austin (who is often left out of these episodes) seems to usually play the mysterious or quiet "other". Uniqua is the engine of each Yardigans episode, energetic and engaged.

The videos are long: 4 episodes = 2 hours. Each has high production values and is packed with singing, dancing, and really fine music. Especially after watching Little Einsteins, where the characters shout everything at the top of their lungs, or the Wiggles where the silliness wears thin, the Backyardigans are really refreshing. I also recommend "Snow Fort", which has the Yeti episode, one of the best.

Cookie Monster still rules.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best Backyardigans collection July 4, 2006
Well, I don't know why some reviewers...or one reviewer is complaining about the quality, especially after admitting they have a cheap DVD player, which is probably the real problem. I've either bought outright, or borrowed from the library, each Backyardigans DVD and have never had any problems, even with the "been around the block" library ones.

The main cartoon episode on this DVD is Polka Palace Party. This episode revisits the characters as cowboys, and brings back Sherman the Worm from the Tarzan episode. This show is pretty cute, but not one of the most memorable.

The other cartoon on here is the high tea episode. I thought it was one of the poorest ones I've seen, not making much sense. When I think "High Tea", that's a British term, and yet they're going to see a Chinese Emperoress, although I understand tea is a very important thing in Asia as well, as that is where tea originated from. But overall this episode certainly didn't hold my interest, nor that of my son, and we like the Backyardigans.

The ONLY reason I would recommend this one is because of the Viking Episode. My son LOVES this one. My son wants me to sing him the "Hush Little Mermaid" song everytime he gets in the tub or bed. I love Pablo in the viking helmet, looking to discover a new land.

What it comes down to is, look at all the available DVDs, and if your child has absolute favorite episodes, just get them that particular DVD; for the rest, try your local library, then you'll know if you like it BEFORE spending your money and being disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polka Palace Party July 11, 2010
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My three year old grandson loves the Backyardigans. We watch several of the programs over and over when I visit him in Orlando.. This is "MY" favorite. Love the music. The voyage to the Polka Palace is delightful! Now when he visits me in Wisconsin, we will enjoy this one together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect April 25, 2009
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This product is exactly what I was looking for. The price was great and the shipping was incredibly fast. This was a perfect transaction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 12, 2008
My grandson loved this! Thank you for being so prompt. It was delivered on time and it was in perfect condition. Thanks again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars purchase episodes at Amazon Unbox? September 24, 2007
By hlg
when are they going to make Backyardigan episodes available for download, like Blue's Clues? i really want them to be available at Amazon Unbox. it would be a great convenience for us! my daughter loves Backyardigans. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love a Fun Polka!
Not only does my son love these videos so do many of the other children AND adults in our family! They are great for little music lovers and teach wonderful lessons.
Published 5 days ago by SummerNJasper
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Backyardigans
This is just one of several Backyardigan videos we purchased. I know some people break down which actor's voice was featured in which and talk about which style of music, but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
This movie is great, as are all the Backyardigans movies! My
grandbabies love them all. Can't go wrong buying this one!
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My 2yr. daughter loves the backyardigans and everytime I ask her to pick a movie she always goes for one of these. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brooklyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite in our house
This Backyardigans DVD is one of my daughter's favorites. The music is catchy (I often find myself humming along with the DVD), the colors are bright and engaging, and the story... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars FuN, fun, FUN!
My 2 yr old loved this when we got it from the library last summer when he was only a year old, but now enjoys it even more! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ellena Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Backyardigans!
Love the Backyardigans. Such a fun program--the imagination of this group of friends is so vivid and I love the transformation from playing in the back yard to the fantasy world... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. Werner
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Very fast and great service I will buy from you guys again. My son is 2 and is really into Backyardigans.
Published on May 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This is for my little brother, he watches it so much that he ruined his other one so he was very excited to see this in the mail. Thank you
Published on May 23, 2011 by Tabbi512
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Backyardigans DVD
i have a 2 year old that is a diehard backyardigans fan. he will sit in one spot without even blinking when the show comes on Nikelodeon in the mornings but for some reason this... Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by alenaj
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