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Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Goes Green

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Goes Green

Fall 2009 DVD
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
DVD Price: $39.95
The two wisecracking sidekicks from Disney's beloved Lion King movie, Pumbaa the sweet warthog and Timon the sarcastic meerkat, take center stage in this video short (12 minutes) to discuss the importance of "going green." Pumbaa uses R words to get his point across: We all have a Responsibility to Recycle, Replace, Replenish, Re-use and Reduce use.

The funny duo looks at simple topics that kids need to learn early on: littering is wrong and throwing things down storm drains is wrong, while taking short showers, turning off the lights and not driving when it's not absolutely necessary are good ideas. At the end, the two-some tackle a song that's akin to a Broadway show tune. A separate chapter on the disc features a sing-along version with words at the bottom of the screen.

Anyone wanting to get the green message across to children would do well with this DVD. It's entertaining, not too long and makes the message fun. My only problem with it is the $39.95 price tag. As a parent, the $39.95 price tag is too steep for 12-minutes of eco-friendly message that can easily be found elsewhere. But in an educational setting where it would get repeated viewings, it would be worth it.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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