A collection of six short stories, none of which are on previous DVDs.
1. Nothing Ever Happens
Kipper is thoroughly bored, and begins entertaining himself (dangerously in my honest opinion) playing on the stairs and stacking toys and chairs to climb up to the attic. He finds a top hat, but doesn't notice the accompanying magic wand. Going out to play in the rain with Tiger, he misses out on what could have been a fun day.
This one is pretty boring.
2. Tiger's Torch
Tiger shows off his new torch, and he and Kipper decide to go camping in the woods. Tiger proves to be a first class scaredy cat, but the camp fire scary story begins wonderfully. "Deep in the middle of the dark, dark woods, there lived a horrible, horrendous, terrible, tremendous...."
Best story in this DVD.
3. Pig's Shop
Pig gives the phrase "free tasting" a whole new meaning at his sweet stall. Not having any money, Kipper and Tiger persuade him to accept a barter arrangement.
A nice example of what happens when you eat too many sweets.
Mouse, a new speaking character, moves in with Kipper and soon his cousins show up uninvited to wreck Kipper's house
With its annoying new characters without redeeming features, this one drags on far too long.
5. The Key
More mice, this time one mechanical and one real. Fun with a clockwork mouse.
This one is okay, despite the annoying mouse.
6. The Missing Tape Mystery
It's Arnold's birthday, and he gets a cassette player from Pig. Unfortunately, the music cassette can't be found, until Detective Tiger takes over. Before you can say "flashback" the mystery is solved.
Second best story on the DVD, but a little long.
This one may not hold the attention of younger children for very long, but at least has some new concepts and characters. Three and one half stars.
Amanda Richards, April 28, 2005