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Not good. Definitely not good.,
This review is from: Amazing Animals: Animal Families [VHS] (VHS Tape)
For a nature video, this production sucked, in my opinion. Henry is supposed to be irrepressible and incorrigible, but he's actually annoying and stupid. The structure revolves around interactions between Henry and the narrator, who have some sort of simplistic storyline. Some scenes take place on a white background, which is also peopled by a seemingly random assortment of live-action animals, which wander in and out of the scene without comment. They are interspersed with two types of digressions; first, there is a series of animated shorts featuring cartoon animals which never speak. The second involves more traditional nature documentary footage, which is explained by Henry and the narrator. The character of Henry is spoiled and selfish. In this installment, Henry is bothered by his baby sister, and stressed out when he can't address all of her needs. Meanwhile, he has a birthday party coming up, and is completely focused on receiving presents. This isn't teaching kids anything positive, as far as I'm concerned. The documentary footage is exceedingly brief, rarely focusing on one animal for more than ten seconds, and often flipping through a montage of animals without even naming them, let alone explaining anything about them. The cartoon interludes are somewhat interesting in that the animal characters never speak; they have the feel of a wordless comic strip. But the point of them is questionable, and the educational value is nil. Visually, the video is somewhat interesting, but the mtv-theory of throw lots at the kids to keep their attention has taken over anything of value that this series might offer.