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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The five friends show great creativity and imagination, as well as a sense of doing what's right and cooperating as a team. The "mean" Grabbing Goblin always returns what he steals, as long as you say please, but he's still stealing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the colorfully animated Backyardigan buddies demonstrate bravery, a sense of duty, and great melodic chops as they undertake a grand adventure, backed by a rollicking rock 'n' roll operatic soundtrack. The action is gentle, the humor is sweet, and the characters are lovable, making this a perfect choice for young children. One scene involves a dragon chasing the friends, but the beast looks like a smiling, excited puppy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lessons about duty, bravery, and teamwork, mild action, and gentle humor make this DVD a fine choice for preschoolers. A catchy soundtrack that seems influenced by rock operas from the 1970s will make this bearable for parents fielding the inevitable request for repeat viewing.
The beautiful 3-D CGI animation is especially effective in scenes set in waterfalls and lava pits, and the accompaniment of crunchy electric guitars and wailing solos keeps the action moving along.
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