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Product Description

Super Special Days! is the DVD launch of Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Ni Hao Kai-lan is an all-new animated series from Nickelodeon designed to open the eyes, ears and hearts of children to a fantastic new way to understand their social, emotional and physical world. Kai-lan and her animal friends encounter and learn to overcome daily obstacles that will help kids at home make sense of the world around them. Aspects of Chinese-American family, food and culture, as well as basic Mandarin Chinese phrases are woven throughout the episodes.

A sort of Dora the Explorer that features Mandarin Chinese instead of Spanish, Ni hao, Kai-lan is an entertaining Nick Jr. animated program for preschoolers that positively portrays biculturalism, helps build problem solving skills, and introduces basic Chinese words. Kai-lan is a creative, compassionate young girl who has a very close relationship with her Grandfather (YeYe) and loves to play and try new things with her many animal friends including Tolee the koala, Rintoo the tiger, and Hoho the monkey. Like all young children, Kai-lan and her friends play and explore and minor conflicts and emotional outbursts inevitably arise. Kai-lan has a way of stepping back and reviewing the situation to reveal the underlying problem, whether it's hurt feelings, frustration, or downright anger. With a little help from her grandfather and his calming techniques, she always finds a way to support her friends and make everyone feel better. Along the way, viewers learn some basic Chinese words and get a sense of the importance Chinese culture places on things like intergenerational families, calmness, and looking at things from another's perspective. (Ages 3 to 7) --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

- "Meet Kai-lan & Friends" Photo Gallery
- “My Favorite Places” Music Video

Product Details

  • Actors: Clem Cheung, Khamani Griffin, Angie Wu, Jack Samson, Jade-Lianna Peters
  • Directors: Allan Jacobsen
  • Writers: Karen Chau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Dubbed: 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: Nickelodeon
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O5WUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: Super Special Days" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Hoffman on September 3, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This Nick Jr show is great. My son likes it as much as Dora. Each episode is interactive (I think even more than other shows, like Dora)--Kai-Lan gets viewers involved with things like helping her count or pick out certain colors or shapes. A few physical movements (reaching for things, etc) are promoted too. But the primary plus is how it focuses on social and emotional development--one episode has a theme of managing anger, another of helping out your friends, etc. And the song that is interwoven throughout the episodes (the words change for each episode, but the tune is the same) is quite catchy. And I have learned a few Mandarin words!


Dragonboat Festival -- Rintoo gets angry when he loses a dragonboat race. Kai-lan helps him calm down so they can all meet Mr. Dragon at the end of the festival.

Beach Day -- On a trip to the beach, Tolee gets mad when the waves knock over his sand castle, so the others help him calm down and together they build a better castle.

Twirly Whirly Flyers -- While playing near an ant city with Twirly Whirly flowers, Tolee accidentally break the ants' bridge. Kai-lan and her friends help the ants repair it.

Everybody's Hat Parade -- Kai-lan and friends make hats and prepare for a special parade, but Rintoo is upset when Hoho copies his design, and Kai-lan must find a way to calm him so the parade can go on.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Leo Spaceman on October 11, 2008
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Until now, if you were, say, a 1st-generation Chinese parent who wanted their 2nd-generation, fully-immersed kid to watch Chinese DVDs targeted at English-speaking kids, you had to suffer through a few noble but failed attempts: Bao Bei the Panda is a notable example, Jade goes to Kindergarten is a little better.

This is great for Chinese language, though not for the vocabulary, but mostly because they use crazy-hard words like "Xue" and other tongue-rolling Chinese sounds and my kid picked it up spontaneously. Of course, we thought she was swearing at first, but turns out she was saying the word for shoe (or more appropriately, the word for slippers/sandals).

Anyhow, that's not the best part of these videos, which is a refreshing surprise. While Dora, Diego, and Blue all teach your kid to basically follow a three-part mystery, and prepare them for a lifetime of watching CSI or Law & Order, Kai Lan and her friends teach them much more valuable lessons.

What seems like Chinese Dora is not that at all -- it's really geared at teaching how to deal with tough situations for kids, like when it's raining, or if they're angry about something, etc. The only other children's series I've seen come close to this is Thomas the Tank Engine (where the trains often wind up embarassed at their behavior when frustrated) and Sesame Street (where it often takes a human being to point out to Elmo or Zoe that they're being unreasonable. Again). But Kai Lan convinces her friends to calm down, find things to do when it's raining, etc. (Notably, some episodes are better examples than others; I went to iTunes to grab the episodes not on this DVD).

If you're debating whether or not to get this DVD, just get it.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chung on May 10, 2009
Format: DVD
In Ni Hao Kai-Lan Super Special Days, I like the idea of a Chinese kid's show teaching a few Chinese words here and there, but the goal of the show is not to teach a new language. It's about a Chinese girl and her adventures with her friends and family while introducing a few Chinese words. It's similar to Dora and her adventures while teaching a few Spanish words.

My kids (twin boys-5 years, girl-3 years), especially my daughter, enjoy the show very much. There are lessons to be learned about being polite, calming down when you're angry, helping friends, being creative, and having fun. However, because there's a lesson to be learned, one of the characters has to act naughty before he learns to behave....that's where the trouble begins for me.

Of course this could happen in any child's video, but for some reason my kids mimic all the bad behavior exhibited in the Ni Hao Kailan videos. For example, in the Dragonboat Festival, Rintoo is "so mad" when he doesn't win the boat race. He goes around saying "I'm so mad" and kicks the boat. Luckily he does learn to calm down and eventually wins a race, but my children now often say "I'm so mad" and kicks things. Rintoo also has a fit on Beach Day when his castle gets destroyed. Once again my kids act that out as well. In Everybody's Hat Parade, Rintoo gets angry when his friend copies his hat design but eventually learns it's a compliment. Unfortunately now my kids sometimes say "he's copying me" when they get the same flavor ice cream or something else where there are only a few choices.

Needless to say, this behavior is annoying and I can only attribute their learning it from watching the Ni Hao Kailan show because my kids are generally well behaved.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dooflow on September 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I think it's cute, and my daughter actually interacts with it. She really can't get enough of it. It endorses emotional intelligence while teaching some Mandarin words. I keep hearing my daughter saying "dig" or "Thank you" or "push" in Mandarin. Kai-Lan is always careful to stop and figure out why her friends act the way they do and takes the time to help them to solve their problems. I love it because she loves it, and I think they are doing a great job. I wish they'd make some toys, though.
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