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Caillou's Holiday Movie (2003)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKCJP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • English, French, and Spanish language versions
  • Animated interview with Caillou
  • Two holiday songs
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas story
  • Six Caillou challenges

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Caillou's First Full-Length Animated Movie! When winter comes to Caillou's house, this curious 4-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering the traditions of other little boys and girls around the world! And when Caillou learns about the spirit of the holidays, your little one will follow right along! Kids love Caillou for his real-world perspective on the life of a preschooler. Moms love Caillou for being a friend with whom their children can identify. Filled with the excitement and anticipation of holiday happenings, kids of all ages will love celebrating the season with Caillou! More than 90 minutes of frosty fun and eight all-new songs, too!

DVD Features:
Challenges:Six Caillou challenges
Interviews:Animated interview with Caillou
Other:Two holiday songs; 'Twas the Night Before Christmas story

Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with Caillou and his family. Caillou receives a special advent calendar from his parents to count down the days until Christmas, and each night Caillou and his parents open a flap to discover a new picture of a holiday celebration somewhere in the world. As the family talks about different Christmas traditions, Caillou learns that a young boy in Germany started the tradition of the Christmas tree, that English school children made the first Christmas cards, and that Christmas stockings (and shoes) figure prominently in holiday celebrations in France and Hungary. He also learns about Hanukkah and the lighting of the Menorah from his friend Leo. As Caillou and his family enjoy their own holiday traditions, they discover the universal importance of giving and sharing. Music, including eight original songs, abounds in this 73-minute program. Unlike more typical Caillou episodes, there are no animated segments focusing on the interactions between Teddy, Rexi, and Gilbert in this presentation nor does Caillou find much to whine about in this festive season. DVD extras include an interview with Caillou, a holiday sing-along, and six challenges. (Ages 2 to 6) --Tami Horiuchi

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Holiday Movie December 5, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD came with bonus extras (games, etc) but I am only reviewing the movie as that is what I have watched; 12 times since we opened it 2 days ago to be exact. My son loves Caillou. So it was natural that he would enjoy this movie. As a matter of fact, he loves it and has become quite the remote control/TV/DVD hog since having this movie. The other reviewer is correct as the movie is all animation without the puppet segments. But you know what I prefer it that way. My son always mistook Rexy and the other puppets as interruptions and they never held his attention for too long. The movie has very beautiful songs and truly gets in the spirit of Christmas, giving, love, family, friendship, etc. I do not want to spoil the movie for others but it is kid friendly packed with morals. Now I am a sociologist so I may be just a bit biased but I absolutely loooove how the creators added how other cultures in the world celebrate Christmas not just the U.S. (Puerto Rico, Germany, Austria, Mexico etc.) They also gave a bit of historical background (How the Christmas tree came about, etc) This is a nice touch for anyone who shares a different background or just would like their children to know how other little children celebrate Christmas! This is the best Caillou ever. Feliz Navidad!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Special Features Lacking November 14, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Looking at "Caillou's Holiday Movie," it's obvious that the staff of the show was going for someting a little different. Stories in the show itself are only an average of five minutes long, but this is a full ninety-minute presentation.
The writers and animators seem to have been successful and the result is a great story with beautiful musical interludes that kids will enjoy watching. There's a lot to be learned about holiday traditions from around the world, much of it coming from a twelve days of Christmas calendar that Caillou receives as present from Daddy. Although there are no puppet segments, most of the best characters are present in the story, including some favorite guest characters that are nice references to past stories. Fans of Rosie will also enjoy the movie and the special way in which she surprises everyone in Caillou's family.
If buying the DVD, note that while the story is good, the special features really aren't much to cheer about. The Caillou interview bonus doesn't actually relate to the movie, but is actually more of a cute filler segment in which Sarah attempts an interview with Caillou for her school, but can't get straight answers out of Caillou and then experiences technical difficulties. The "singalongs" are simply cut from the movie, they don't even have lyrics at the bottom of the screen or close-captioning to follow along. Finally, the promotion of "six Caillou challenges" is somewhat miselading. There are a two games including, each with three levels, for a total of six "challenges."
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caillou's First Feature Length Movie November 30, 2004
When winter comes to Caillou's house, this curious 4 year old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering how other little boys and girls around the world celebrate the season.

This DVD is over 90 minutes long featuring 8 new songs.

Special features include:

*animated interview with Caillou

*2 holiday songs

*'Twas the Night Before Christmas Story

*Six Caillou challenges

Languages: English, French, and Spanish

I admit, I'm not a big fan of Caillou as an adult. I think the illustrations are simplistic and flat, and Caillou is usually a whiny brat. So, it was with a little trepidation that I bought this holiday DVD last year. I have to say, though, that it's a fine holiday movie and much more engaging than the show. Caillou doesn't whine, but appears curious and thoughful.

My son doesn't use the Bonus material, but really enjoys Caillou's first feature-length holiday movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun holiday movie! November 20, 2003
My 2-year old loves Caillou. Add in snow, songs, decorations, holiday cheer, sledding, Santa and gifts and you've got a winner! She is learning the catchy new Caillou songs that I even enjoy. One of the best things is the movie is all Caillou..none of the Rexy/Teddy segments they have on the PBS show.
From an educational standpoint, the kids will learn holiday customs from around the world. Hopefully they will also catch onto the giving and sharing theme emphasized throughout the hour and ten minute movie.
This is a fun, festive movie with Caillou and his family and friends. Even the older kids should enjoy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice change January 1, 2004
By John
Thank you CINAR for doing such a great job on this production. Caillou, as others have noted, is really not as whiney in this movie as he is in the TV shows. That is a super change. Caillou is a thoughtful, generous, loving little man in this movie and a great model for our 3 year old son who adores him. The movie includes many of the people that Caillou has met over the series on television.
In this movie Caillou comes across as a little bit older (don't worry he's still 4) in his behavior. It enabled us to use Caillou's behavior as an example of how our son should behave, rather than what he shouldn't do as happens a lot on the TV show.
My wife and I noticed the change in Caillou's voice but it did not detract from our son's enjoyment. Rosie is very cute and is on her way to being potty trained. Poor Gilbert gets locked behind every door in the house until Rosie rescues him.
Gone and NOT MISSED are the non animated vignettes. We don't mind the scenes with Rexy, Gilbert, and Teddy so much but the other scenes with the live children seem like they are just fillers.
This is a MUST for all Caillou fans, and if you don't like the whiney TV Cailloo you WILL like this one :)
Happy Christmas Everyone!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 19 days ago by C. Deubel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good.
Published 20 days ago by Miriam Barrios
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Product was as expected.
Published 1 month ago by B. Meade
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Caillou videos can sometimes be annoying, as he tends to whine. However that is minimal in this video. It has lots of nice features about Christmas. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Your little Caillou fan will love it - quite possibly too much
It's a cute little movie and all, but it really should come with a warning. I don't know what it is about this movie, but little children seem to find it to be highly addictive. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stacy L. Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
This is just a really nice countdown to christmas and all the traditions that go with it. There are even some cultural lessons thrown in.
Published 9 months ago by Twin Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
My daughter fell in love with this movie last Christmas 2012. I had the movie on my DVR but I got new cable service and new DVR's so I ordered this so she could watch it all year
Published 10 months ago by Shawnette Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Caillou's Politically Correct Christmas
Thank God I don't have to spend Christmas in Caillou's house! It sounds like a real pain in the butt! Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Caillou Christmas with the advent calendar
We had another copy of this movie that got compromised. My whole family enjoyed its approach to Christmas and winter activities. It is very family oriented. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patty
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift - has not been opened
I bought this for a holiday gift so have not opened it yet. I already know that my Grandson loves this movie and will be very excited to open this present :) I just hope that it is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kimber
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