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Based on the classic book, these adventures star Harold, an inventive and curious toddler with thoughts, desires, and feelings typical of any child his age. In his Crayon World, Harold can muse on questions that all young children naturally wonder about,

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A purple crayon and abundant creativity lead a toddler named Harold along a path of imagination and discovery that winds through the contemplation of big questions like "where does the rain come from?" while exploring intense feelings like frustration and loneliness. While this Emmy award-winning HBO Family series is based on the concepts and drawings of Crockett Johnson's books, it is not an exacting, faithful re-creation of those books like the Scholastic Video Collection version. Instead, this series embraces Johnson's overarching theme, that children use creativity and imagination to make sense of their feelings and the world around them, and uses that concept as a starting point for a colorfully animated, musically rich series featuring a curious toddler's imaginary nighttime journeys. In each of the thirteen 20-minute episodes, Sharon Stone narrates as a sleepy Harold contemplates something like the sound of the wind or his own loneliness, grabs his purple crayon, and draws a picture that leads him on a journey of discovery. Along the way, Harold gains a whole new perspective on his place in the world and learns some very important lessons about friendship, feelings, and self-worth. This two-DVD set also includes a 16-page activity booklet. (Ages 2 to 7) --Tami Horiuchi


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  • Actors: Connor Matheus, Sharon Stone
  • Producers: Helen Kalafatic, Jeff Kline
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 313 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TSZFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2005
Format: DVD
My 3 1/2 year old son loves this set. He has watched it repeatedly and begs for more! It's wonderfully made, not done in the current style of too much going on. It takes after the books just like it should and is wonderful to watch on a rainy day. One of the best purchases I've made in the video department!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Clark on November 5, 2006
Format: DVD
My son absolutely loves Harold. Overall, the shows are great; they integrate music and images really nicely. The only caution I have to parents with young children is this: One of the episodes is about Harold losing the moon so that he is left in the dark. My three year old was never afraid of anything until he watched this episode. He wanted to watch it over and over after he saw it the first time. Then, at night in his bed, he was freaking out saying he saw an eye on his bed (a piece of metal on his bed that shone in the light of the night light) and he has been afraid of being in a separate room from me from time to time since. Anyway, I would highly recommend the series; it is great wholesome fun- just don't let your child watch the one when Harold loses the moon. Also, be sensitive to the fact that there is one sad episode where a goldfish dies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. DeJesus on May 1, 2007
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My daughter loves this DVD but I wish they showed only the actual segments and not the opening and closing credits for each episode. It's almost like watching a DVD with commercials - it should have been edited out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Carroll on October 23, 2004
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My three-year-old daughter LOVES this series and watches it OVER and OVER. The series is great, and even my wife and I enjoy watching it with her. (How many parents can say that?) The songs by Van Dyke Parks are really wonderful (including the Emmy-winning, "Blame it on the Rain" - I'd buy the CD of just the Harold songs if there were one!) There is another series (not this HBO series) which are not nearly as entertaining as this one. Sharon Stone is just perfect as the narrator of these tales, and the animation is top notch. You will be glad you have the entire series - they're GREAT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Brehmee on March 25, 2006
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I recently bought this DVD for my 2 yr old. She absolutely

loves it. The music is wonderful. Since she has been watching

it, we have seen her interest(and ability) in drawing grow

considerably. I recommend this Dvd wholeheartedly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason's Mom on November 9, 2006
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I find the Harold series so appealing and so does my son. It is quiet, it is simple, it is calming, it is entertaining, it is creative, and it is so very imaginative. Harold, his crayon, his stuffed dog, and his creative mind are so different than most of the children's videos out there on the market. This isn't the Wiggles, Barney, or Doodle bops -- thankfully! This particular DVD edition is full of great stories. Each story isn't too long and are perfect if you want to cuddle up and watch 1 or 2 before bed. As others have pointed out in earlier reviews, you'll notice your child will enjoy (even more) coloring and creating artwork with his/her own crayons. I can't say enough wonderful things about this series. If you want a DVD that you can enjoy with your child - than this is it! We are Harold's biggest fans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jdunleavey on December 22, 2004
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I got this video for my 15 month old daughter and she LOVED it. She sings along with the songs, dances, talks about items and characters from the series.... she could watch it for HOURS if we let her. In fact, we got a portable DVD player and let Harold play in the car for the long Thanksgiving drive and never heard a complaint from the back seat. When we played the series at our family destination, all the kids, ages one through 8, were entranced by Harold. Great stories, great animation, great music. Harold uses his imagination to both challenge himself and solve problems - all from the safety of his room. A very empowering and enjoyable series of short stories for kids. And as another reviewer said, mom and dad kind of like it, too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Liz Long on October 8, 2004
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We haven't seen the dvd yet, but we have all the episodes saved on our Tivo because he asks for them by name. He loves loves loves Harold and the Purple Crayon, and so do his friends. He watches it every night before he goes to bed and it helps him get more ready for bed. DH and I like it more than a lot of other kids series' because it isn't annoying for us.

Did I mention that my 2 1/2 year old son loves this series?
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