Gustafer Yellowgold's Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat, quirky tale combines fanciful music and animation.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 42 minutes

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Educational Value

Bonus features include a simple guitar lesson, a visit with Morgan Taylor, and a look at how the DVD was created.

Positive Messages

Integrates values such as honesty, the power of imagination, and friendship into the music and the animation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The offbeat Gustafer Yellowgold is friendly, curious, compassionate, and, upon occasion, just a little bit dishonest or moody. In the final analysis, however, he always does the right thing. Though he's a transplanted resident of Minnesota, originally from the Sun, kids will relate to his very human experiences and reactions.

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This compilation is the sixth in a series of musical DVD/CD sets. Gustafer Yellowgold, with Morgan Taylor (artist, composer, performer), also appears in well-received concert tours throughout the United States.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gustafer Yellowgold's Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom is a multi-disk DVD/CD offering that includes a 41-minute "movie" (a series of 10 animated music videos, linked by Gustafer's discovery of a giant molar); an audio CD of the 10 original songs; as well as bonus features (a guitar lesson, the "making of" the DVD). The sixth in the Gustafer Yellowgold "Musical Moving Book" series created by composer-artist-performer Morgan Taylor, this package has appeal for all ages. For the youngest viewers, the quirky drawings, appealing characters, and whimsical, catchy songs will provide solid, wholesome entertainment. Older kids and even teens will catch artful messages and witty humor and appreciate the pop-rock music. 

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What's the story?

GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD'S WISDOM TOOTH OF WISDOM continues the saga of Gustafer Yellowgold, a transplanted former resident of the Sun who arrived in the northern woods of Minnesota some years ago. Gustafer is a chipper little guy who has made friends with critters (both real and imaginary) he's met in the woods. In this newest offering, Gustafer's routine is disrupted by the discovery of a giant molar. He and his friends don't know quite what to make of it, to whom it belongs, or what to do with it. In a series of 10 music videos that introduce 10 original, upbeat pop-rock songs, Morgan Taylor aspires to bring childhood experiences and insights into the world around us and his own brand of whimsy to a wide audience.

Is it any good?

This DVD/CD has a lot going for it. The songs are inventive, buoyant, thoughtful, and funny -- usually all at the same time. The animation is simple, original, and brightly appealing. A child's point of view underlies both songs and visuals. As an example, Taylor's "I Can't Feel My Face" is a spot-on portrayal of a child's experience with Novocaine in the dentist's office. In "Secret Fox," kids get a glimpse of Gustafer's not-always-honest nature. The few message-driven tunes are not heavy-handed; they're subtly delivered and definitely relatable. Both the audio disc and the video are designed to be listened to and watched over and over again. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how whether or not the movie and songs are about more than a giant tooth. Use "It Suits You" as an example. How did Morgan Taylor use the animated tooth to help us understand how we feel about wanting to be admired and fit in?

  • The animation created for this DVD is different from many other modern cartoons. It's simple and colorful and has a unique style. Use your imagination to create and draw a few simple characters with your own unique style. What kind of adventures would they have?

  • Do the songs stand on their own without the video? If your answer is yes, why? Could the video stand on its own without the music? If your answer is no, why not?

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