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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Animal 123's is an hour-long video from the makers of the award-winning Animal Atlas TV series. The video explores counting and various number concepts such as height and depth while showing stock footage of animals and playing a few counting songs. This basic video is geared toward kids preschool-age and younger.
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What's the story?
ANIMAL 123's introduces young viewers to the numbers 1 through 12 while teaching them about all sorts of animals ranging from a red-tailed panda to a puppy. While singing counting songs, the narrator introduces basic number concepts by showing, for example, which animal is taller and when it's feeding time at the zoo. As each animal is counted, fun facts about animal habitats and habits also are shared.
Is it any good?
Although there are a lot of fun shots of assorted animals, ranging from the everyday to the exotic, Animal 123's feels a little low-budget. The graphics are pretty low-quality, and the music is not very catchy (the tune from "Pop Goes the Weasel" is used extensively, and otherwise the melodies are pretty unforgettable). Also, some of the songs and sequences are extensively repeated, so most kids probably won't be interested in sitting through the full hour. There are even some small mistakes, such as a video clip of five gorillas shown to represent the number 4.
Animal-loving kids will love seeing so many animals, and parents will love all the interesting facts. But with so many other fun, educational videos out there, you can easily skip this one.
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