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LeapFrog: Letter Factory (2009)

Ginny Westcott , Roy Allen Smith  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,438 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ginny Westcott
  • Directors: Roy Allen Smith
  • Producers: Chris D'Angelo
  • Format: 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2003
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TKUXUC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "LeapFrog: Letter Factory" on IMDb

Special Features

• "Alphabet Game"

Editorial Reviews

Have Fun learning about letters and their sounds! LeapFrog characters spring to life in this engaging and educational DVD. Popular LeapFrog characters, Leap, Lily and Tad go on a wild adventure to the Letter Factory. Led by wacky Professor Quigley, Tad joins Js jumping on trampolines and Ks practicing karate kicks as new letters learn their sounds. Fun songs will have kids singing letter sounds in no time.

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217 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Must Have Children's DVD! October 1, 2012
Format:DVD
There is a reason why the majority of Leapfrog reviews are five stars - LeapFrog: Letter Factory is the perfect mix of educational content and entertainment. I am convinced that it is one of the best children's DVDs to ever hit the market.

I have two beautiful boys: the oldest is nearly five and the youngest is 18 months. My oldest was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. While he does well in other subjects, he had shown some delays with speech and used to get frustrated and agitated when I tried to sit him down to read.

Six months ago, my best friend suggested I play some educational DVDs for him. She bought me a copy of Letter Factory to play for the oldest. "Blown away" best describes how I felt when I saw him fall in love with the DVD. I literally cried I was so happy. Now all he wants to do is watch it. The most amazing part is that not only has his speech has significantly improved, but he has started to read books on his own!

After seeing how great "Letter Factory" was for my oldest I tried showing it to my youngest. Unfortunately it was a little too advanced for him, so I did some research on Amazon to find a more age-appropriate DVD and ended up buying the Tiny Tutor DVD set. The videos are very simple and slow paced but really hold his attention. After about three months of watching my youngest son has picked up most of the numbers and a few letters. I am saving "Letter Factory" for when he is older and actual reading (not just word recognition) becomes more important.

The rest of the Leapfrog series is now on my Christmas list.
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161 of 181 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Concept But Some Serious Errors... December 18, 2008
Format:DVD
The creators of this program have come up with an excellent concept; animating letters that make sounds representing each letter in the Alphabet. I have a degree in Psychology and studied several modules on how children learn to read. I also have 2 preteen children who I taught to read and one 4 year old daughter who I bought this learning video for. The four year old learnt all the sounds pretty quickly. However, there are a few letters pronounced incorrectly; L is pronounced ULL, R is pronounced ER and a few others are not clear.

But by far the BIGGEST problem with this video is that all the letters are only taught in UPPER CASE letters. So your lovely child may learn all her sounds but most books for children are written in lower case letters, with CAPS only at the beginning of sentences and names. Some parents may not see this as a problem because we take for granted that our experienced minds can easily switch between reading lower and upper case letters, but from the numourous case studies I did to complete my modules, plus from my own experience with my children, most childhood educators recommend teaching lower case letters first, then very early introduction of upper case letters. 98% of all prose in all books is written in lower case! Imagine a 4 year old learning the letter 'A', then in a simple book you expect them to identify the 'a' in printed text then link the two objects as being the same?! To their young eyes its a completely different object and you will have to reteach them from scratch as I have had to do with my 4 year old.

However, buying this video is still recommended though, but what I have done to help my child is to have a book with colourful lower case letters close by to show her everytime the capital letter is shown on the video.
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160 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 yr old son loves the Letter Factory! August 9, 2008
Format:DVD
Length: 0:54 Mins
Here is proof the letter factory works...my 2 yr old son absolutely loves it! He sings it all the time and now will start spelling out words he sees on signs, magazines, store signs etc... He wants to watch this video almost daily...its a great dvd, you wont be disappointed! Great value too...
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117 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is! You HAVE to get this! December 9, 2004
Format:DVD
I just can't believe how well done this DVD is for little ones. My little guy, age 3, learned his letters and sounds very quickly after watching this DVD. Then, 3 weeks later after not watching it for about that long, he's still talking about what sounds each letter makes. It's very well done, makes it very easy for children to understand, plus it's very enjoyable to watch. After about 34 times of hearing, "The R says errrr" with that tune attached gets a little redundant, but not to little ones. You have to get this for every preschooler you know. It's really that good!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More Arguing Over Which Movie To Watch! April 1, 2005
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I have never felt strong enough to actually take the time to write a review. I am a certified k-6 teacher who has told everyone I know about this amazing movie and now I am telling you...This was the first (out of 4) Leap Frog Movie that my children watched. My 3 1/2 year old and 2 years 2 month old boys are allowed to watch 1 movie a day. Each Day they agreed, in excitement, to watched this movie. Under a week my 3 1/2 year old knew his letter sounds. He could sing the letter sound song almost as fast as he could sing the alphabet. After a week, he amazed us when he sat down on the ground and wrote out the entire alphabet like a 4th grader. Had NO idea he could write like this! Shortly thereafter, the 2 year old knew all his letter sounds and letter recognition.

Talking Words Factory: I was so impressed that I bought them the Talking Words Factory that 2nd week. I wasn't surprised that my 3 1/2 year old began to spell, writing, and sounding out 3 letter words. He told me all about how the vowels were all sticky and their job was to stick letters together to make words. He went around singing the vowel song.

My kids loved the videos so much that for 10 months...My son's (who used to play with Thomas the Trains and puppies) were obsessed with letters and words. They made their own letter and word factory machines out of their toys and tubs, drew each letter cartoon character, and sang the letter and vowel songs, and the older one wrote, yes wrote, many of his own homemade books. I knew there might be a problem with this obsession when all his arts and crafts from pre-preschool came home with letters all over them in place of eyes, noses, etc!

Talking Word Factory 2: It doesn't stop there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young learners
My 4 year old grandson had no interest in learning the alphabet until he watched this video. His l6 month old sister loves it also.
Published 20 hours ago by Judy Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Super educational and entertaining! 3 yr old LOVES it!
My 3 year old now knows all her letters and their sounds because of this DVD. We keep it in the car and she asks for it literally every time we get into the car. Read more
Published 1 day ago by HLKNYC
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds my child's interest
Holds my child's interest, but I wish they would have included lower-case letters too. They explain the concept, but don't really show any. Other than that, good job.
Published 7 days ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Video
I purchased this for my son when he was around 3. It's a great video for learning the letters as well as the sounds.
Published 9 days ago by Licia O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Letter Factory Review
A teacher friend of mine has this video. My kids love it! I had to get a copy of it for myself.
Published 11 days ago by Donna Keyser
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
There are so many letters in the alphabet and this little video is long enough but I don't feel that it concentrates on each letter long enough. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ice
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I do not like utilizing technology and screens to teach children, but after a friend recommended this to me I thought I'd try it out. Read more
Published 16 days ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD!
My daughter used to watch this all the time. It really helped her learn the alphabet and the sounds that each letter makes.
Published 17 days ago by Erica R
5.0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE IT!!!!
My kids LOVED it! They sing the songs all the time. My almost 5 year old new the alphabet in Spanish already and I was a little nervous he will get confused, but he picked the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by mara
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning & having fun
This DVD got my kids (4 1/2 and 2 1/2) completely engaged. Even the younger one in less than 2 weeks has learned almost all the letter sounds while the older has mastered the whole... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sanja fortson
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Does Leap Frog Letter Factory teach lower case?
Hi, Yes it does and it is great. My 22 month old knows his alphabet already and it's just from this DVD. Can't recommend it enough.
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I cant get mine to work either...did you ever find the code?
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