Juno Jr.151; The Day the Music Stopped
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- Discover melody, rhythm and harmony
- Learn about friendship and working together
- Bonus interactive features: Language Flash Cards and Let’s Interact!
- Sing along in English, Spanish and French
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Geared toward your growing preschooler, Juno Jr. expands on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby line with beautiful, original, orchestral music, rich story lines and a deep emphasis on music education and appreciation. Join Juno and her brother, Rai Rai, as they take an adventure to the imaginary, magical, musical world of Harmonia Springs. When Bunny presses the big red button on Murphy's Shush Machine, she inadvertently silences the town of Harmonia Springs. Juno realizes that, in order to bring life back to the town, she and her friends have to create their own music through melody, harmony, rhythm and – most of all – friendship. DVD has options of watching in English, Spanish, or French. For every product sold, the Juno Company donates a very special music DVD to a child in need.
When Bunny presses the big red button on Murphy's Shush Machine, she inadvertently silences the town of Harmonia Springs. Juno realizes that, in order to bring life back to the town, she and her friends have to create their own music through melody, harmony, rhythm and — most of all — friendship.
Top Customer Reviews
The video combines semi-animated puppets with some live action animals and kids. The story is very creative and incorporates a very informative lesson on music. Juno and her friend must bring music back to Harmony Falls. They are able to do this by finding melody from local birds, rhythm from a train, and harmony from some singing frogs. Once they combine these elements they are able to bring the music back to Harmony Falls. Along the way various musical instruments are *hidden* in the landscape. The shingles on a roof are piano keys, a chimney is shaped like a cello, and so on.
While the story is wildly imaginative (visually) and informative it isn't worth much if it is unable to capture our daughter's interest. I am happy to report that our daughter danced and cheered at various spots in the video. I can't say that she sat down and watched it non-stop (hey, she is 15 months old - if she stopped for 45 minutes for ANY reason other than sleeping we would be concerned) she did enjoy the puppets and the music. It rates as a success in my book!
Final Verdict- The market for children's videos is very saturated, but I would highly recommend giving Juno jr a try - I know that we will be buying a 2nd video!
This time he did, as I selected the play all option. Even afterwards, as we explored the interactive bonus content, he stayed seated and engaged, responding to the questions from the DVD and showing he had indeed absorbed the content of the DVD.
To me, as an adult, the logic of the presentation was occasionally weak and the content sometimes a bit boring, but I'm not the target audience.
The only actual problem with the DVD is that at first I thought was unable to successfully switch the language to Spanish. Instead, each time I tried, the program resumed the interactive content - still in English. However, if I then returned to the main menu and choose a specific chapter, that chapter did indeed have voiceovers in Spanish, though the printed signs on screen were still in English. Our young tester enjoyed it just as much in Spanish.
Recommended as an introduction to music for pre-schoolers.
Update: After 3 days, it's clear this DVD has staying power. Our 3 year old has asked for and viewed it every day. (He's watching again as I type.) The problem with the DVD starting interactive content rather than returning to the menu can be corrected by pressing the Menu key on the DVD controller.
I really like how the main story is broken into chapters so the whole things doesn't have to be viewed in one sitting. My little one doesn't watch more than 30 minutes a day and sometimes we'll watch the intro, or skip straight to the birds.
The only thing that struck me as weird was how the birds opened their mouths and out came instrumental sounds. I mean, couldn't they make something pleasing and musical with cheeps? But then I'm quibbling over *very* minor issues. I just thought it was weird when I first saw it, that's all.