United Features Syndicate
These children's DVDs have arrived in stores just in time for your kids to be reminded that Christmas is rapidly racing toward us.
"Charlie Brown Christmas Tales" (Warner, 2002, $14.97). This cute and funny animated TV special is comprised of five holiday vignettes featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang from Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" comic strip.
Lucy wants Schroeder as an ice-skating partner, Snoopy becomes a bell-ringer and offers an olive branch to the cat next door, Linus writes a letter to Santa, Sally aggressively goes after a Christmas tree, and she and Charlie Brown wait up for Old Saint Nick's visit.
Not quite up to the first and best of the "Peanuts" cartoons, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," but still cute and enjoyable.
Extras: full frame, bonus cartoon: "Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?" trailers
"Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Collection" (Warner/Blu-ray, 1965-73, $69.97). This Blu-ray upgrade of the set that came out two years ago looks great, headlined by the best of the "Peanuts" cartoons, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966). Also here is "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (1973), which is good, if not quite up to the first two.
This box set includes a "Peanuts" snowglobe lenticular with scenes of Charlie Brown and friends in snowy activities, and three window clings.
Extras: full frame, three episodes, bonus cartoons, featurettes, trailers (also on DVD, $42.93)
"SpongeBob SquarePants: Legends of Bikini Bottom" (Nickelodeon/Paramount, 2010, $19.99). This new show won't air on TV until January, with a story about SpongeBob and pals taking on an evil hag.
Extras: full frame, animated shorts, featurette
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf … and More Children's Fables" (Scholastic, 2010, $14.95). The title story, along with "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," "Stone Soup" and others, animated and narrated for youngsters ages 3-8.
Extras: full frame, five stories, featurettes, read-along, discussion questions
"Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type … and More Fun on the Farm!" (Scholastic, 2010, $24.95). This set collects the title disc, "Giggle, Giggle, Quack" and "Diary of a Spider," with animal stories animated for ages 3-8.
Extras: full frame, 17 stories, Spanish versions of three stories, featurette, read-along, discussion questions
"Thomas & Friends Adventure Pack" (Lionsgate, 2009-10, $24.98). This is a full set of the latest episodes as Thomas and friends learn life lessons. For children ages 2-5.
Extras: full frame, four episodes, bonus episodes of "Roary the Racing Car," featurettes, interactive games, read-alongs
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