Scholastic Video Collection: Bark, George

  • Review Date: March 16, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 53 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Charming stories about canines.
  • Review Date: March 16, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 53 minutes





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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the stories in this video are based on popular children's books. Some are animated in the style of the book's original illustrations, some are live-action. The stories are all very sweet and humorous, with only the slightest hints of trouble -- Angus the Scottie gets lost, for example, and has to sleep outside in the rain, but by the end he finds his way home. Families without dogs should be forewarned: watching these stories will make your children want a dog of their own!

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What's the story?

The six stories in this collection are based on children's books, and tell sweet and charming stories of dogs and their families. Four of the tales are animated, two are live action, without narration. For the stories with words, there is a "Read Along" option that allows you to display subtitles, which can help children learn to read. The tales range from the silly -- George can't bark because he has managed to ingest a menagerie of other animals -- to the more serious -- Dot the Fire Dog helps to save an old man and a tiny kitten from a burning building.

Is it any good?


SCHOLASTIC VIDEO COLLECTION: BARK, GEORGE is a lovely series of stories, perfect for watching with your children or for letting them watch alone when you need to keep them occupied. Compared to many animated offerings for children, the pace is slow and gentle. Whether or not you own the books on which these films are based, you and your children will enjoy the antics of these adorable canines.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between reading a book and watching a filmed version of the same story -- are the voices the way you expected them to sound? What do you think the filmmakers changed from the printed book?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 16, 2004
DVD release date:November 16, 2004
Cast:Karma Wilson
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters
Run time:53 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written bybark George June 20, 2011

It's funny.

It's working with my students to practice for simple words.
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