A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters work together, encourage one another to excel, enjoy learning new things.
Violence & Scariness
The only scene that might be mildly scary to some kids involves a snake (who turns out to be friendly). Of course, parents might want to explain that kids should never approach a snake, much less expect it to start singing with them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this DVD, much like classic Looney Tunes, will introduce toddlers to classical music and cultural themes in fun and memorable ways. However, older kids may find the stories too repetitive and simplistic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like the series, this Little Einsteins movie is tons of fun. Preschoolers learn about Mozart, Michelangelo, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the meaning of "adagio" and "allegro" by hanging out with the Little Einsteins. The brainchild of Disney and the creator of Baby Einstein, this charming, clever, and highly interactive animated series incorporates elements such as classical music, cultural landmarks, and art into adventures that whisk the four main characters all over the world.
The characters repeatedly weave musical terms into the fun: Urging the red train to go faster or slower, they shout "allegro" and "adagio." Kids also learn to distinguish between the sounds of different instruments, like trombones, clarinets, and violins. The characters encourage young viewers to participate in the action. Little Einsteins ask direct questions to the screen ("Do you help clean up?" "When is your birthday?"), and they also get kids to "help" the missions along -- for example, by taking deep breaths and blowing to keep Annie's balloons from popping on the tip of Seattle's Space Needle. The DVD also does an interesting job of blending animation and real-life photographs and video.
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