Mighty Machines - At The Airport VHS
From the Back Cover
Welcome to the airport, where we'll follow the mighty "DC" from his home in the giant hanger, out to the busy runway and finally to his exciting take-off into the sky. Meet his friends "A320" and "Tuggy The Ground Transport Vehicle" as they prepare for their next big flight. Ride with "Sammy The Suitcase" as he takes his own trip on a twisting conveyor belt. It's all part of a fascinating and educational live-action adventure filled with fun music, friendly characters and more! ! The Mighty Machines series delivers all the BIG vehicles, BIG sounds and BIG thrills that small viewers love. Get ready for the most unique fun anywhere for mighty imaginations everywhere! Perfect for ages 3 - 8!
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The video features footage shot at a Canadian airport of passenger planes, the inside of the terminal, the baggage areas and the tarmack. The sequence of shots translates roughly into a day in the life of an airport. The entire video features a voice-over track with people providing voices to the airplanes, vehicles, and even a suitcase. My husband refers disparagingly to the voices as "googly." Only the Airbus has what I'd call a normal voice, and it's the only female voice. The rest sound very clownish (hence the toddler appeal). I feel the silly voices are unnecessary and annoying.
I was disappointed that the footage doesn't include much of the interior of planes, the part that most children will see if they take a trip. It's sometimes hard to tell the planes apart, and there is little footage of planes in flight. There are also some dead spots in the film and awkward transitions. My son always acts as if the video is over once the baggage goes to the carousel, even though the footage continues with some images of the maintenance hangar.
All in all, this video has very little educational value and few redeeming qualities for the adults who must inevitably see it over and over again. Better choices for civilian planes include Airplanes A to Z, and The Big Plane Trip, both of which contain much more factual information and lots of footage of planes. For military plane footage, I recommend The Big Aircraft Carrier. For a little of both, see The Big Airshow. All of these videos are more professionally done, and children (and their parents) learn a little something while being entertained.
My dad told me that they were shopping near a little regional airport where a little Cessna was landing. Sarah pointed and got all excited, shouting "DC! DC!"
Granted, DC does refer to a B737-200 as an A320, but he does accurately identify the British jumbo.
Uncle Mike loves it as much as Sarah.