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Good Night Gorilla & More Bedtime Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)

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GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA (Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann, Narrated by Anthony Edwards) The zookeeper is making his nightly rounds. He never suspects that one furry friend is making mischief along the way.


From a mischievous monkey to children-turned-dinosaurs, bedtime proves a time of tiredness, tricks, and tirades in this collection of famous bedtime stories. The animated "Goodnight Gorilla" remains true to Peggy Rathman's irresistible artwork and features an adorable monkey who outsmarts the Zookeeper by unlocking all the animals cages and then following him home to bed. The addition of a jazzy "Variations on Brahms Lullaby" and understated narration by Anthony Edwards enhance an already terrific story. "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight" takes a humorous look at the striking similarities between children's behavior when bedtime arrives and that of roaring dinosaurs and "Happy Birthday, Moon" is a sweet story about a little boy who wants to buy the moon a birthday present. "The Napping House" features still pictures of illustrator Don Wood and the repetitive verse of Audrey Wood depicting a pile-up of creatures on Grandma's bed that ends with the tiniest creature setting off a huge chain reaction. Bonus stories include "The Paperboy," a romantic vision of a day in the life of a Paperboy; "Patrick," a tribute to the restorative power of music; and "The Hat," an exploration of chance and good fortune. A read-along feature is available for all stories. The Scholastic Video Collection has once again succeeded in bringing classic children's literature to life on the television screen. (Ages 1 to 7) --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Four stories: Good Night Gorilla (by Peggy Rathmann, narrated by Anthony Edwards), How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (by Jane Yolen), Happy Birthday Moon (by Frank Asch), The Naping House (by Audrey Wood)
  • Three full-length bonus stories: The Paperboy (adapted from the Caldecott Honor Book, by Dav Pilkey, narrated by Forest Whitaker), Patrick (by Quentin Blake), The Hat (by Tomi Ungerer)
  • Read-along

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A5A2P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on September 15, 2003
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A wonderful collection of animated tales based on popular children's books. I bought this one because Good-Night Gorilla and The Napping House are favorites at home.
In Good-Night Gorilla a small gorilla manages to sneak out of the zoo and takes the other animals with him to the zookeeper's house. Very true to the original book.
In How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, we learn that they do not fuss and fume and neither should you. Very interestingly done as the story moves from house to house.
Happy Birthday Moon is about a little bear who decides the Moon must have a birthday and sets out celebrate. A charming story.
The Napping House is creatively done with stills to show a house where everyone is sleeping and what happens when an awake flea comes by.
Patrick is a wonderful wordless story of a boy/man who buys a fiddle and fills the world with wonder and color.
The Paperboy tells the story of a small boy and how he runs his paper route when the rest of the world is sleeping. Illustrated with sequential stills to simulate movement.
The Hat is the story of a penniless veteran who comes across a marvelous hat that changes his fortunes around.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
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This is a nice video. It features drawings from a book with a person reading. The lady reading the story is very mellow and calm. This is not a video that will get anyone worked up but rather it is just a nice way to wind down after a long day. My children really enjoy this video.

The stories themselves are great. Good Night Gorilla is adorable with a sense of humor. The Napping House is a favorit book at our house. Happy Birthday Moon is a sweet story of Bear giving the moon a gift.

I may have a different version of this video however because mine does not have "the hat" that several reviewers have discussed in their reviews. My video has Good Night Gorrilla, How Do Dinosaurs go to bed?, The Napping House, Happy Birthday Moon and another short story.

Overall, I would buy this video again. I am looking at buying other Scholastic videos similar to this because they are just so well done.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kathia on February 8, 2004
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Bedtime is a difficult time at my house. My 2 year old does not need to sleep. I purchased this hoping that it had bedtime stories on it that would keep his attention but put him to sleep. It is wonderful. Aside from hte wonderful selction of books, the stories are narrated by gentle voices and there is soft lullabye type music in the background. It has been a real tool in helping our child fall asleep.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2005
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If you have children from age 18 months to around 5 years, this is the single best bedtime video you will find. The music is soothing, the narrations are warm, the pacing is slow - everything is designed to hold your toddler's attention while quietly lulling them into a peaceful, sleepy state.

The DVD includes 7 short stories that last from 4.5 ~ 9 minutes each, with the average around 6.5 min. One nice feature is that, in addition to picking individual stories, you can also select "Play All" from the menu and they will all run in succession. From start to finish, it lasts about 45 minutes, but don't let its brevity keep you from purchasing it. Honestly, what price can you put on a stress-free transition to bedtime? And isn't this the kind of video where the object really is to put the viewer to sleep before the end?

Each story is heart-warming, sometimes with a simple lesson and sometimes just simply snooze-inducing. We got this when our oldest child was just a 18 months and he was captivated by the characters in "Happy Birthday Moon", "Goodnight Gorilla", and "The Hat" from the very start. He would often request a bedtime video by name (sometimes as a delaying tactic) and it always relaxed him. As he's grown from toddler to pre-schooler, he connected more with the children in "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight" and recognized the humor in "The Napping House".

This is a great way for the entire family to wind-down before putting your child(ren) to bed. In a market flooded with commercialized programming for kids, this is a stand-out in the crowd. A great tool for parents, a quiet bonding time for families, and a comforting way for little ones to close their eyes and drift away into dreamland.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By NBmomof3 on August 28, 2003
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My 2 1/2 yr old son and 3 1/2 yr. old daughter love this dvd. My daughter loves the gorilla and although the hyenna tends to look like a bear, this dvd does the book well and gets its giggles. The other stories are winners too, my son loves How Dinosaurs say Good Night. I recommend this one and if you dont have Where the Wild Things Are, I recommend that one as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Father on November 14, 2004
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GREAT winding down for bed DVD. The VHS started to show its playing time so we purchased the DVD which has some very good additions. "Happy Birthday Moon" is one of the most charming simple young children's movies I have ever seen or read. "The Paperboy" is my favorite. My 3-year-old son seems to like "Patrick" even though I always play The Paperboy first. The one exception is entitled "The Hat" which does not seem to fit with the other movies innocent charm. "The Hat" contains smoking (a cigar) and guns. Again, it is just not appropriate. They could have easily found another story... Anyway, most are great pre-bed movies. I hope this helps.
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