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The Backyardigans - It's Great To Be A Ghost

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It's Great to Be a Ghost - PABLO, TYRONE, and UNIQUA are ghosts, and they've found the perfect old house to haunt. To the sound of Cab Calloway-style 20's jazz, they practice floating, booing, and other scary stuff. When an unsuspecting stranger (TASHA) shows up, they put their scaring skills to the test.

Monster Detective - PABLO is a noisy but lonely Soccer-Ball-Monster who hordes soccer balls in his castle's gym. TYRONE is a no-nonsense, Dragnet-style Detective. He and his client, UNIQUA, must brave the Monster's Castle and rescue UNIQUA'S kidnapped soccer ball. 60's Rock underscores this action- packed investigation. Will they get the job done without being turned into Monsters themselves? Bonus episodes/ Added Value-2nd Menu Page Below are episode descriptions of the two bonus episodes on this release: (approx 50:00 minutes) - DVD ONLY

The Key to the Nile - TASHA is Princess of Egypt, and TYRONE, PABLO, and AUSTIN are her servants. Only the princess can end Egypt's horrible drought, by bringing three precious gifts to the sphinx, UNIQUA. Will the princess finally unlock the Nile waters? Broadway-style musical numbers ring through the desert in this Egyptian adventure.

Pirate Treasure - X marks the spot on this reggae-style pirate adventure. In two pirate teams, the kids sail the high seas in search of treasure. Who will find it first? And who will walk the plank?

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There's a whole world waiting to be discovered right outside in the backyard--it just takes imagination and a little help from the Backyardigans. Nick JR's Backyardigans is a computer animated series about five preschool-age animals who spend their days playing together in a shared backyard. By using their imaginations, Pablo, Tyrone, Uniqua, Tasha and Austin experience life as ghosts, solve a monster mystery, embark on a quest to save Egypt from a drought, and search for buried treasure. Besides having lots of fun, the group learns about overcoming fears, the investigate process, and the importance of things like cooperation, sharing and saying please and thank you. Each of the four 25-minute episodes features a healthy selection of musical numbers in a specific musical style: 1920's jazz, 1960's rock-n-roll, Broadway musical, and reggae. Special DVD features include an introduction to each character and his or her personality, suggestions of "how to be a Backyardigan," and the music video "A Pirate Says Arrr." (Ages 18 months to 6 years) --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: LaShawn Jefferies, Jonah Bobo, Sean Curley, Jamia Simone Nash, Thomas Sharkey
  • Directors: Donald Kim
  • Writers: Anne D. Bernstein, Janice Burgess, Scott Gray
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Nickelodeon
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5IYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Backyardigans - It's Great To Be A Ghost" on IMDb

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Don't let this brightly colored CGI cartoon fool you into thinking it's only for kids. This is one you can watch for the umpteenth time without rolling your eyes way up in your head, and is one of the most entertaining shows to come out recently.

Each adventure takes place in the imagination of five young friends who turn their shared backyard into different fantasy worlds, each episode full of song and dance numbers of various music genres. Imagine hearing your kids singing `20s Jazz tunes while cartoon characters tap dance across the screen, and you'll pretty much get the idea.

This DVD has four episodes:

1. It's Great to Be a Ghost: This is the `20s Jazz episode, where Pablo (the blue penguin), Tyrone (the brown moose) and Uniqua (the pink spotted female of indeterminate species) pretend to be ghosts haunting an old house, and do their best to scare Tasha (the yellow hippo) an "unsuspecting stranger" who drops by the house.

2. Monster Detectives: This one has an early rock n' roll theme, and features Tyrone as a detective and Uniqua, who has lost her soccer ball, as they go to the castle of Pablo the Soccer Monster to get it back.

3. The Key to the Nile is another musical adventure, where Queen CleoTasha and her attendants Pablo, Tyrone and Austin (the purple kangaroo) seek three treasures of the Nile to present to the sphinx Uniqua.

4. Pirate Treasure is my favorite, set to a reggae beat, as the friends learn to work together to uncover buried treasure. Arrrr!

Janice Burgess has created a truly enjoyable, educational and fun series for all ages.

Amanda Richards, December 27, 2005
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"The Backyardigans" is a fairly new series now airing in the United States and Canada about a group of five friends who get together and have adventures in their backyards. There's a lot of singing (all really quite good) and the animation is crisp CGI. The characters each have different and interesting personalities and the stories are strong. This is a Nelvana production and includes many staff that have worked on shows such as "Franklin." You'll also find if you check the credits that many former members of the "Blue's Clues" crew write for this show as well. So if you like either of those shows, or even if you don't, there's a good chance you or your kids will like this!

This DVD has four complete episodes of the show --- "It's Great To Be a Ghost!," "Monster Detectives," "The Key to the Nile," and "Pirate Treasure." These episodes have things to teach about bravery, politeness, facing your fears, speaking up and other important themes. So not only will you / your kids learn a lot, but you'll be entertained too.

The special features are as follows:

Promos --- These included promos for "Dora's Dance to the Rescue,"Blue's Room" on video and DVD, full length Dora specials and "My Little Pony's A Very Minty Christmas." You can't skip the promos at the start on the DVD version, although you can fast-forward through them.

"A Pirate Says Arr" Music Video --- The best special feature on the disc. A music video version of one of the best songs from the included episodes.

Meet the Backyardigans --- Each Backyardigan is shown while an instrumental version of the main show theme plays. Facts about the characters are displayed on the screen, but aren't read out loud.
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The Backyardigans rock - literally. My wife and I sing along to the hip songs while our 11 month old is enthralled!
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The Backyardigans has proven to be more education than most cartoons I have seen lately. My 16 month old son loves the music and the characters are very creative. The different genres of music for each episode makes me very happy to know that my son is learning about a varity of wonderful music like country and mambo! The DVD is good but you must get all the episodes if you can. Most of them are great for adults and children, my husband and I groove to the music along with my son!
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This DVD is great! My daughters love it, and would have watched it all day if I'd let them. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child who loves music, or who loves good music themselves.

It isn't apparent from the picture, but this DVD gives you four episodes. You can choose to play them all, or play just one. In the order they play, they are:

*It's Great to be a Ghost - Did you ever play at being scared when you were little, until you actually worked yourself up into being scared? In this episode, the Backyardigans pretend to be ghosts, but it's all fun and games - for a while.

*Monster Detectives - When Uniqua's ball is stolen by the Soccer Monster (Pablo), it's up to Tyrone, the Monster Detective, to help her get it back.

*The Key to the Nile - When Egypt suffers a drought it's up to self-centered Princess Tasha to find the key to restoring the Nile. But will she ever remember to thank the faithful servants who are doing all the real work?

*Pirate Treasure - Two sets of pirates (you can tell they're pirates by the way they say, "Arrr!") are looking for the same treasure on a desert island.

Each episode starts with the same opening musical number you see on television, and ends with a closing credits sequence that I thought was a little lengthy, but that my daughters didn't seem to mind at all.

I have to admit I was disappointed by the Special Features. The first two special features require reading skills, which makes things difficult for parents if their children can't read. Since the Backyardigans' target audience age is 2 to 5 that's probably going to be most of us who are interested in owning this DVD.

*Meet the Backyardigans - This feature presents each of the Backyardigans, one at a time.
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