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Adventures in Booga Booga Land: 'Squid Sushi Loses His Marbles' & Other Episodes

2.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Scott Nichol, Robert Garlington
  • Directors: Robert Garlington, Cliff McDowell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Cream Lake Productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LQQJ1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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We currently own two of the Booga Booga DVDs, and though they are short, we liked them so much that I bought one for a friend's family. They tell the bible verse they are discussing before each episode. Also, they carry the plush animals at Lifeway if you want to make a great Christmas gift.
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Adventures in Booga Booga Land: Squid Sushi Loses His Marbles, The Parable of the Lost Pearl, and Other Stories is a cartoon retelling of some of the parables of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew.

I have mixed feelings about this DVD. The cartoons adequately "re-told" the parables through the escapades of Gerard the Giraffe and Marty the Monkey, but I wish they had more fully explained how they relate to the parables themselves. I feel like a family discussion should follow each cartoon clip so that the kids understand how the cartoon relates to the parable.

I appreciated the "feel" of the cartoon characters. There was a classic feel to this DVD. The characters and situations, as well as the bumbling attempts by certain authority figures, reminded me of cartoons I grew up watching. At the same time, I'm not sure I want my children to see authorities as foolish and inept. (I realize they're as human as the rest of us, but I'm trying to teach the kids to respect those God has placed in leadership positions.)

I thought the cartoons were rather humorless, with the exception of a couple of scenes in "The Flaming Monkey" (the last episode), but the girls laugh often during the DVD and frequently ask to watch it.

I give this DVD 3 stars, but I think my kids would give it at least 4. Overall, I was disappointed.

Note: I received Adventures in Booga Booga Land FREE from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Booga Booga Land is a silly video which name and concept caught my attention right away. It's a DVD series which is supposed to follow the same plots as parables from the Bible. This particular DVD is broken into three episodes which follow the parables of the lost pearl (Squid Sushi Loses His Marbles), the soil and the seeds (Wally the Waiter), and the wedding banquet (The Flaming Monkey). The main characters are silly animals including Marty the Monkey and Gerard the Giraffe.

I couldn't help but think of Sponge Bob Square Pants while watching the video with my kids. Same sort of funny humor and pace of story. But with a Christian twist, loosely. Unfortunately, I couldn't grasp the message of the three episodes even when looking for it. For kids, I think it would be extremely hard to learn anything from these stories. It was a stretch, unlike Hermie and Friends, Veggie Tales, or Gigi videos. As an adult, I love the idea of using parables and changing them to teach the same lesson but in a different way. But this video series just didn't do that as I had expected. But I must say, my kids did enjoy them for the silly humor, fun characters, and humorous events.

I was given this DVD from Tommy Nelson Publishers to watch and review. All opinions are my own. I was not paid to do this review.
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I recieved this DVD in return for reviewing it for the Booksneeze Blogger Review Program through Thomas Nelson Publishers.

I saw this DVD and thought I would get it for my son.

The synopsis sounded good, and it read like it would teach some very valuable lessons.

The DVD follows Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe in their adventures in a place called Booga Booga Land. Through their adventures Marty and Gerald learn lessons from the parables of Jesus.

The Parable they learn include the following: The Weeds - Matt 13:24-30, The Valuable Pearl - Matt 13:45-46, and The Wedding Banquet - Matt 22:2-14.

My son found them entertaining, and the lessons they teach children are very valuable. However, they are no Veggietales. They kind of reminded me of Spongebob Square Pants cartoons. The quirky character and the humor. My wife and I do not like Spongebob and we quickly got annoyed with it.

Others may like this series, but for me I think we will stick to Veggietales.
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Just the name alone is enough to capture the interest of a young child. My three year old grandson loves to say the name of this movie. He loved it. My favorite character wasGerard the Giraffe. My grandson's favorite was Marty, the monkey.

Marty is always getting into scrapes. If something bad is going to happen it will be when Marty is around. Marty does not mean to get into mischief, but it happens just the same.

I love that these stories are teaching lessons from parables that Jesus told. There are three parables used for these stories,The Lost Pearl, The Soil and the Seeds, and The Wedding banquet.

We kept asking my grandson what he was watching just to hear him say BoogaBooga Land. It was hilarius to hear him talk about it.

I recieved this dvd free of charge from Book Sneeze for writing this review.
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This will be an interesting review. Finding myself involved in Children's Ministry, I have found it nice to have some supplemental material to be used in teaching.

Adventures in Booga Booga Land is a children's DVD series with short "episodes" based on different parables. Marty the Monkey and Gerard the Giraffe are humorous kids characters that help tell the stories.

This video is more so in the mediocre form. It was a decent attempt to share parables from the Bible however I know there are much better videos out available for better usage in a Childrens Ministry department.

Overall, I don't think this would be the best option but the choice is obviously yours.
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