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2012 NAPPA Awards: DVDs


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Age 2 Age 7
Age 3 Age 9
Age 5 All ages
Age 6  

 

Age 2

Chloe's Closet: Super Best Friends
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $9.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Does anything inspire fantasy better than a good costume? Smart fun and imaginative play bring Chloe and her friends closer when outfits in her magical closet transform them into heroes who solve problems and support each other.
• Encourages imaginative play
• Develops pro-social and cognitive skills
• Promotes self-esteem in young girls
• Sets positive role models BUY IT

Dino Trackers
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $13
Honors Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• New approach to a favorite standard
• Compelling animation creates realistic dinosaurs
• Child actor makes information fun and accessible
• Excellent combination of imagination and factual content BUY IT

 

Pocoyo: Fun and Games
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $12.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Perfect simplicity, purposeful action and a calm, clear presentation hold even the youngest attention spans. Line-drawn characters playing over a white backdrop will make children laugh out loud while they learn about good sportsmanship.
• Artistic and musical excellence
• Provides social, personal and educational challenges
• Teaches tolerance and cooperation
• Appropriately simple and original BUY IT

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Ocean Commotion
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $9.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Though storybook-traditional in his appearance, this is a new Cat. Well-behaved and thoughtful, he leads kids on an innovative journey of discovery and science in short, digestible episodes with irrepressible Thing One and Thing Two in tow.
• Educational challenges
• Promotes interest in science
• Preserves a beloved book character’s personality
• Develops curiosity BUY IT

The Gruffalo
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $9.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: A complex and beautifully produced story, the narrative of a mouse using its wits to outsmart scary predators ultimately empowers children by celebrating intelligence over brute strength. This is a great how-to-deal-with-monsters tale for those who fear them. A bit scary for some of the younger folks.
• Superior storytelling, original concept
• Exceptional, richly colored animation
• Provides guidance in overcoming fears and making choices
• Illustrates problem-solving skills BUY IT

The Wiggles' Big Birthday
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $12.99
Honors Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Enormously popular brand • Fun and upbeat
• Quality acting, silly skits, and zany costumes
• Irresistible songs and bouncy pace motivate kids to sing and dance along BUY IT

 

WordWorld: To the Rescue
NCircle Entertainment, ages 2-7, $9.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Take your little ones to bright and colorful WordWorld when they’re ready to start spelling. Simple story lines built around engaging word characters help kids memorize spellings and absorb word recognition. Catchy songs underscore the visual techniques.
• Early learning concepts in an interactive format
• Develops pre-reading skills
• Lively animation and catchy songs
• Original concept expertly developed BUY IT

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Age 3

Chuggington's "Brewster's Little Helper"
Anchor Bay Entertainment, ages 3-5, $14.98
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: What better way to “train” impressionable preschoolers in responsibility than with adorable little trains? Young Chugger “trainees” are forgiven for their poor judgment by their elders so that they can learn and grow from their mistakes – but they are still silly and fun to watch. These three outstanding DVDs offer important lessons in teamwork, patience, paying attention, overcoming fear and self-acceptance.
• Rich, captivating animation
• Personable, exceptionally appealing characters
• Promotes social readiness skills
• Colorful concept integrates factual train information with life lessons BUY IT

Chuggington's "Traintastic Adventures"
Anchor Bay Entertainment, ages 3-5, $14.98
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: What better way to “train” impressionable preschoolers in responsibility than with adorable little trains? Young Chugger “trainees” are forgiven for their poor judgment by their elders so that they can learn and grow from their mistakes – but they are still silly and fun to watch. These three outstanding DVDs offer important lessons in teamwork, patience, paying attention, overcoming fear and self-acceptance.
• Rich, captivating animation
• Personable, exceptionally appealing characters
• Promotes social readiness skills
• Colorful concept integrates factual train information with life lessons BUY IT

Chuggington's "Wilson And The Ice Cream Fair"
Anchor Bay Entertainment, ages 3-5, $14.98
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: What better way to “train” impressionable preschoolers in responsibility than with adorable little trains? Young Chugger “trainees” are forgiven for their poor judgment by their elders so that they can learn and grow from their mistakes – but they are still silly and fun to watch. These three outstanding DVDs offer important lessons in teamwork, patience, paying attention, overcoming fear and self-acceptance. BUY IT
 

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends: Monster Rally
Shout! Factory / Hasbro Inc., ages 3-5, $12.99
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Like preschoolers, Chuck the little dump truck and his vehicle friends get over-revved and run into trouble sometimes. But they stick together, even if it means putting their dreams on hold, to help each other learn from their mistakes.
• Fun concept, especially appealing to boys
• Uncomplicated graphics with good use of primary colors
• Distinct, believable characters
• Life lessons children can identify with BUY IT

Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue
Shout! Factory, ages 3-5, $14.93
Silver Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Proven concept presented in conventional animation
• Great combination of personality and steel • Short, easy-to-follow stories
• Reassuring robot-like characters demonstrate being protective without violence BUY IT
 

Welcome to LazyTown
NCircle Entertainment, ages 3-5, $6.99
Silver Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Very energetic approach to healthy eating and exercise
• Eye-popping animation and colors
• Robust, original music
• Over-the-top approach grabs short attention spans BUY IT

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Age 5

 East Africa (Worlds Together)
Worlds Together, ages 5-10, $29.95
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: This set helps parents prepare their children for an increasingly globalized future by introducing them to the nations of the world at an early age. Nothing beats seeing the smiling faces of children with their hardworking parents to promote cross-cultural understanding, especially in the exotic environments of Africa. Maps orient the viewer to scenery so striking that it instantly generates interest – in parents and kids alike. Each of the three DVDs comes with a teacher’s guide.
• Promotes cultural understanding
• Immerses viewer in another world
• Well edited real-life footage
• Excellent geography lesson BUY IT

Age 6

Babar: The Classic Series: The Complete First Season
Entertainment One Films US, ages 6-8, $19.98
Silver Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Excellent storytelling
• Traditional animation
• Strong message about responsibility and doing the right thing
• Charming and quiet: easy on the eye, easy on the ear BUY IT

Ethiopia (Worlds Together)
Worlds Together, ages 6-8, $29.95
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: This set helps parents prepare their children for an increasingly globalized future by introducing them to the nations of the world at an early age. Nothing beats seeing the smiling faces of children with their hardworking parents to promote cross-cultural understanding, especially in the exotic environments of Africa. Maps orient the viewer to scenery so striking that it instantly generates interest – in parents and kids alike. Each of the three DVDs comes with a teacher’s guide.
• Promotes cultural understanding
• Immerses viewer in another world
• Well edited real-life footage
• Excellent geography lesson BUY IT

The Magic School Bus: Blast Off! From Sea to Space
Scholastic, ages 6-8, $24.95
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Renowned for making science accessible to young minds, the Emmy-winning Magic School Bus travels to destinations no one can visit in real life. The focus is on content over glitz, and the trips prove to be rewarding learning experiences. Students are exposed to topics such as dinosaurs, forces and insects in one three-disc set, and water, the food chain and space in the other. Perfect for kids who love science – and for those who don’t yet know that they do.
• Excellent early-learning exposure to concepts of science
• Imaginative presentation
• Classic animation
• Develops analytical skills BUY IT

The Magic School Bus: Field Trip Fun and Games
Scholastic , Early Elementary: ages 6-8, $24.95
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: Renowned for making science accessible to young minds, the Emmy-winning Magic School Bus travels to destinations no one can visit in real life. The focus is on content over glitz, and the trips prove to be rewarding learning experiences. Students are exposed to topics such as dinosaurs, forces and insects in one three-disc set, and water, the food chain and space in the other. Perfect for kids who love science – and for those who don’t yet know that they do.
• Excellent early-learning exposure to concepts of science
• Imaginative presentation
• Classic animation
• Develops analytical skills BUY IT

 West Africa (World's Together)
Worlds Together, ages 6-8, $29.95
Gold Winner
Why the judges liked it: This set helps parents prepare their children for an increasingly globalized future by introducing them to the nations of the world at an early age. Nothing beats seeing the smiling faces of children with their hardworking parents to promote cross-cultural understanding, especially in the exotic environments of Africa. Maps orient the viewer to scenery so striking that it instantly generates interest – in parents and kids alike. Each of the three DVDs comes with a teacher’s guide.
• Promotes cultural understanding
• Immerses viewer in another world
• Well edited real-life footage
• Excellent geography lesson BUY IT

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Age 7

Amazing Science!
ScienceAndMath.com, ages 7 & up, $19.99
Honors Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Excellent introduction to fundamental principles of science
• Very cool experiments generate interest in science and discovery
• Scientific and mathematical follow-up expands on hands-on activities
• Perfect for homeschoolers and the classroom BUY IT

 

Age 9

Mia and the Migoo
Entertainment One Films US , ages 9-12, $19.95
Honors Winner
Why the judges liked it: 
• Complex, non-linear narrative challenges young minds
• Edgy story features some swearing and violence
• Artistic, hand-drawn cell animation
• Story of courage, commitment, love, redemption, empowerment, and caring for the earth BUY IT
 

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series – Volume 1
Shout! Factory, ages 9-12, $14.97
Honors Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Eerie lighting and strong script deliver a satisfying scare
• Excellent character development
• Focus on strength of character
• Powerful message of family loyalty rising above material holdings BUY IT

 

All ages

Laughing Pizza's The Laughing Pizza Movie
Laughing Pizza , all ages, $19.99
Silver Winner
Why the judges liked it:
• Music-video style documentary
• Family values • Catchy lyrics, contemporary music
• Wholesome entertainment and good family role models BUY IT

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