By Eric Henrickson
Detroit, MI (April 20, 2010)- Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and several companies are releasing new DVDs to help inspire kids to pitch in and save the planet. After watching, families can turn that interest into action. Visit www.detnews.com/greenlife to find local Earth Day activities.
“Jim Henson’s the Song of the Cloud Forest and Other Earth Stories” (Lionsgate, $12.98): The headliner of this collection is a colorful plea to save the rainforest and its inhabitants. The disc also includes environmentally themed episodes from “Fraggle Rock.”
“Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes Green” (Anchor Bay, $16.98): Wubbzy and the gang learn about recycling, conservation and more in this green-themed collection of episodes. Anchor Bay will donate $1 for every DVD sold to Alliance for Community Trees, which supports the planting of trees at playgrounds and schoolyards.
“Nick Jr. Favorites: Go Green!” (Paramount, $16.98): “Blue’s Clues,” “The Wonder Pets!” and “Yo Gabba Gabba!” are among the six shows represented in this Earth-conscious compilation of episodes from Nickelodeon’s hit shows.
“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands … And More Stories to Celebrate the Environment” (Scholastic, $14.95): Percussionist and singer Crystal Taliefero performs an adaptation of the traditional folk song on this diverse collection of stories. Also included are tips for parents and kids on how to be green.
“The Animal Show With Stinky and Jake: Lions, Tigers & Bears” (Lionsgate, $12.98): The Jim Henson Co.’s Emmy-nominated “animal talk show” makes its DVD debut with five episodes. Stinky the skunk and Jake the polar bear interview a variety of endangered animals and show their real-life counterparts.
“Dora the Explorer: Explore the Earth!” (Paramount, $16.99): Dora and her cousin, Diego, are all about protecting animals and the planet, and the episodes on this DVD are no different. Dora and Diego travel from the rainforest to the South Pole in four episodes from the Nickelodeon show.
“Word Girl: Earth Day Girl” (PBS/Paramount, $14.99): Word Girl and Captain Huggy Face battle crime and poor vocabulary skills in this set, which includes the title short. Birthday Girl is upset Earth Day is on her birthday and wants to teach the planet a lesson.
The Detroit News- Children’s videos honor Earth Day