- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
- Release Date: April 6 2004
- Run Time: 75 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00015YVGS
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,051 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Spot the dog leaped from the pages of Eric Hill's books to the Disney Channel some time ago, and now he has his own full-length video. The 13 animated segments (each 4.5 minutes long) feature the puppy, his parents, and pals Helen the hippo, Steve the monkey, and Tom the crocodile in such everyday adventures as building a tree house, camping in the back yard, and donning costumes for a homemade theatrical production. Lovers of the simply illustrated books will recognize such familiar landmarks as the stairway, the rug, and the sofa, as well as the same understandable themes (share, cooperate with adults, follow through). In a universe away from his Oscar-nominated turn in The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment provides Spot's voice. Each short story includes an original song and is followed by a brief live-action segment in which kids extrapolate Spot's lesson with their own in "Spot's Garden," an outdoor set that incorporates nature with dress-up boxes. This 74-minute video can easily be viewed in segments by toddlers and preschoolers. --Kimberly Heinrichs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is a shift in emphasis towards learning through social interaction instead of from parents, which was the predominant theme in the older Spot videos. The parental roles have changed from teacher and disciplinarian to that of supporter and enabler. Parents are seen as an audience for Spot's various games where they look on and clap enthusiastically. They never disapprove of Spot's childish behavior as they did in previous videos. Most of the lessons Spot learns are now from his friends as he conforms to their behavior.
Among the "improvements" in this new version of Spot are new music and the introduction of a song in each short story. The music is annoying and the songs are worse. The songs are mostly sung by the child they use for Spot's voice who cannot carry a tune. The songs are poorly written and arranged, and the overall effect is extremely grating. Finally, at 75 minutes, this video is long for toddlers and interminable for adults.
On the plus side, there are a number of instructive lessons on various topics that help young children to learn practical lessons. The general tone is mirthful, so it is fun for kids to watch.
I rated this video a 3/10. My principal objection is the politically correct subtext. The parental role has been trivialized in favor of social conformity and group behavior. I feel that the older Spot videos were more constructive, emphasizing proper family values and dynamics, showing the parents as supportive but setting clear boundaries. The message here is that the parents' role is to make the child happy, and that most of life's important lessons come from peers. This reduces the parents to just another one of the child's pals, like Columbine killer Dylan Klebold and his dad, who described Dylan as his "best friend". My recommendation is to purchase Spot videos produced in the early 90's before Disney started its attempts at using Spot for social engineering.
After watching some of the others, it is my favorite too - it is sweet without being nauseating (like Barney) and it is quiet and calm and teaches nice simple values. Spot's parents and grandparents are great role models - patient, loving, and empowering, and we could all learn a lesson from them. In one episode Spot makes his own breakfast (to let his parents sleep in) and spills an egg, a loaf of bread and cereal and milk on the floor. When his mother comes in, he says, "Look mom, I made my own breakfast!" and she, unfazed by the mess, says something like "Yes, Spot, I can see that, can you help clean up too?" in a pleasant tone of voice. I'd like to be a parent like that.
After watching this video repeatedly, we bought a couple of the Spot books and were disappointed. The books are almost completely devoid of content. The warmth and interpersonal relationships are missing in comparison to the videos. My son likes them anyway, but only because he is already fond of the characters from the videos.
This tape has 10 short episodes on it, interspersed by real kids doing various tasks. I've seen other reviewers complain of these diversions, but my son likes them and never wants me to turn off the video until the "kids" are done.
Spot on the Farm is nice too. Sweet Dreams, Spot, is not as good, in my opinion.
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