Tuesday, October 12, 2010

'Meet Pocoyo!' DVD Review

Featuring an adorable mix of silliness and playful curiosity, the DVD "Meet Pocoyo!," from NCircle Entertainment and Zinkia Entertainment, is fun for very little ones looking for a laugh.

More emotive than chatty, the pint-sized Pocoyo (which means "little me" in Spanish) and his animal friends Elly the Elephant, Pato the duck and his dog, Loula, explore the world around them from a toddler's perspective. Narrator Stephen Fry -- yes, the British comedian -- is the talky one here, at turns encouraging and gently admonishing. After all, learning is all trial-and-error for most 3-year-olds like Pocoyo.

The 47-minute DVD (SRP $6.99; both English and Spanish language tracks) is broken up into seven segments, which is great for tiny attention spans. The animation itself is simple -- no intricate scenery, just a few central images placed against a white backdrop, which brings the action front and center.

In one episode that CC found particularly funny, "Sleepy Bird's Surprise," Pocoyo discovers that what Sleepy Bird is sitting on isn't actually a ball -- which is what it looks like to him.

The CGI-animated TV series, which debuted on Nick Jr. this past summer, is geared mostly toward very small children, and makes simple concepts like eggs hatching and bubbles bursting playful and fun. Fry even engages the audience with questions about what Pocoyo is doing -- and sometimes, what he should be doing.

While CC is a little old (whoever thought I'd say that about my 3-year-old?) for this DVD, Pocoyo is a charming character who still had her smiling and answering Mr. Fry when he asked what the little tyke was actually holding in his hands.

And what was it?

"An egg!" CC shouted to the TV.

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