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Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Honest & Real!

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Honest & Real!

Spring 2014 DVD
Ages: 4 - 10 yrs.
DVD Price: $14.99

Fans of Disney's movie The Lion King immediately recognize Timon and Pumbaa as the wise-cracking duo who popularized the worry-free concept of "Hakuna Matata." These two characters serve as hosts of the Wild About Safety series of educational videos and in this 12-minute installment titled Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Honest & Real! kids aged 4 to 10 learn how to keep relationships "honest and real" with commendable character traits.

Through a simple storyline, songs, graphics and animated antics, Timon and Pumbaa explain how kindness, honesty, and responsibility contribute to better relationships and a better world. The concepts are explained in short-n-sweet sequences and presented through memorable song lyrics, easy-to-grasp dialogue, and text-on-screen reinforcements. This DVD series is subtitled "Safety Smart" so themes aren't just about character education; they relate behaviors to safety too, for instance, the kindness lesson explains how bullying and lying aren't kind behaviors, nor are they safe behaviors. The subject matter also addresses character traits using 21st century examples, for instance, when the lesson turns to honesty, Timon learns that downloading music from the Internet without paying for it is a crime. It's all about making positive choices and as the musical finale espouses, "kindness goes farther than you'd expect."

Parents may find $14.99 pricey for a 12-minute DVD, but schools and libraries will find a lot of value in that price point since this product also includes 35 different language options and downloadable teaching resources on the DVD-ROM option. It also provides web links to additional resources and all activities are translated into the 35 languages included on the disc. The DVD has a notice of public performance rights for classroom and educational use, and a "Safety Smart Sing-Along" bonus extra with on-screen lyrics.

Despite its corny jokes and visual gags, Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart Honest & Real! presents serious and important concepts, and young children especially will grasp the messages presented in this tuneful and up-tempo style.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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