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Featured TV on DVD Review: Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas

October 4th, 2011

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Nickelodeon Favorites is a line of DVD releases that have been hitting the home market for years. Each one is a collection of the most popular preschool shows from the network, usually with a theme. Merry Christmas is the latest such release, and as the name suggests, it's a collection of Christmas episodes from six shows, starting with...

The Show

The program is divided up into three parts, each running about two hours long.

  1. Dora the Explorer: A Present For Santa
    It's Christmas and after Dora and Boots exchange gifts, they want to give a present to Santa. Their first plan is to stay awake and give Santa his gift when he arrives. However, they fall asleep and Santa doesn't get his present. So now they have to travel to the North Pole, but they will need your help.
  2. Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves Christmas
    It's Christmas at the Animal Rescue Center, but with so many animals away from home recovering, they are worried that Santa won't find them, so Diego, Alicia, and the others make sure Santa will find the right animals. After getting that done, they hear reindeer with a sleigh stuck in the snow. This will be Diego and Alicia's most important rescue ever.
  3. Wonder Pets!: Save the Reindeer
    It's Christmas Eve and the Wonder Pets each get to open a present, Ming-Ming accidentally breaks Tuck's snowglobe and doesn't get a chance to open her present because there's an animal in trouble. It's one of Santa's reindeer and it's lost! Reindeer get into a lot of trouble on this DVD.
  4. Blue's Clues: Blue's First Holiday
    In this episode, the gang sits down to watch holiday movies and we get to see all the characters as babies, how Blue came into their lives, and we even see the first game of Blue's Clues ever played.
  5. Team Umizoomi: Santa's Little Fixers
    It's Christmas Eve and Team Umizoomi get a really special call... from Santa Claus! His toy machine is broken and he needs their help to fix it. It won't be easy and they will need all of their math powers to fix it, along with your help.
  6. Ni Hao, Kai-lan: The Snowiest Ride
    It's winter and Kai-lan plays in the snow for a while, then decides to go sledding. She wants to go with her friends, but Tolee is too scared to go. Will Kai-lan help him find the courage he needs?

The Extras

The only extra on the DVD is a music video for "Snow Day" by the Fresh Beats Band.

The Verdict

No Christmas releases till after Halloween. It's not a difficult rule to keep, is it? Ignoring the timing, Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas has a better price-per-minute than most TV on DVD releases aimed at preschoolers, as well as more extras. If your kids are fans of these shows, it's worth picking up.

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