This is a sneak peek review of the children’s DVD set Thomas & Friends: Play Date Pack. This product comes from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment and is due for release on April 5. I was provided a copy of this product for review, but was under no obligation to recommend Thomas & Friends: Play Date Pack. My observations are my own.
Synopsis of the Children’s DVD Set Thomas & Friends: Play Date Pack
Three DVDs make up this set, each containing six episodes each. The first video is called Thomas and the Really Brave Engines, which sees the engines face their various fears and anxieties. For instance, in “Oliver and the Snow Engine,” Oliver has to deal with something he normally can’t fathom: the cold, while in “Thomas and the Search for Fergus”, the tank engine helps find an engine who was spitefully tricked into going to a job site where he didn’t belong, which causes him to get scared and run away.
The next video, Thomas and the Jet Engine & Other Adventures, sees the engines sometimes dealing with things that aren’t always what they seem. This includes “Percy and the Haunted Mine,” where the engine thinks that sinking parts of a mine are due to the decorative gnomes he’s transporting. Additionally, in “Harold and the Flying Horse,” the helicopter has to deliver a horse named Pegasus to the vicar’s party, but it’s wrongly perceived on Sodor that the horse can literally fly by itself, even though the horse does ultimately “fly” with some help.
The last DVD, On Site with Thomas & Other Adventures, sees the engines actually take a back seat to being featured (except for mainly Thomas and Percy, who are around to witness and briefly interact). The doings of Miss Jenny’s construction crew completing various projects around the Island of Sodor with such equipment like Jack (front loader), Patrick (cement mixer truck), Oliver and Alfie (excavators), and Max/Monty (dump trucks). Along the way, they learn such values like teamwork, admitting mistakes, to appreciate others, and to mind while they complete their work and cause havoc, too. Miss Jenny is even a tougher disciplinarian than Sir Topham Hatt.
The extras on the DVDs contain various music videos, sing-alongs, read-alongs, and interactive games.
More about the Children’s DVD Set Thomas & Friends: Play Date Pack
I recommend this product for a couple of reasons. There’s a lot packed into this video set and children get to see that even though the engines and the other equipment misbehave and make mistakes, they ultimately learn from their errors and work together. The wonderful graphics and good story pacing throughout are also part of the winning formula for the Thomas & Friends series.
One can listen to this children’s DVD in English. The combined running time for the videos is about 105 minutes. The Suggested Retail Price is $19.98. You can purchase this product beginning April 5 via retail outlets like Amazon.com. For more information about Thomas & Friends, go to the official website.