Wednesday, July 24 2013 00:21

Review: Caillou - BIG KID CAILLOU (DVD)

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PBS KIDS VIPCaillou is quite the celebrity here at Rock Father HQ, a fact that I've pointed out on many occasions. He's also a very divisive character, quite possibly the most so of any current children's entertainment property I can think of. I've thrown down my support of the little guy already, so it should be no surprise to my regular readers that we were pretty excited to learn that a new batch of CAILLOU episodes were headed for DVD. Released this month via my friends at PBS Distribution, BIG KID CAILLOU is a collection of six episodes culled from the season that began airing on PBS KIDS this past Spring. 

BIG KID CAILLOU - PBS KIDSLongtime viewers of CAILLOU will note that this is the first season to be presented in HD, and thus the episodes are finally in widescreen 16x9. They look great, and it feels as if the producers of the show took some parental feedback into consideration (these were actually made in 2010, but are just hitting the U.S. this year), because certain things I've heard folks gripe about seem to have been addressed. The show feels a bit toned-down and smoother, this coming from a parent that has seen just about every episode.

"Growing Up" is the key theme on BIG KID CAILLOU, and for us that's significant as my oldest daughter moves toward her fourth birthday next month (actually, last year's Birthday Party was Caillou-themed). She's aware that she'll "soon be four, just like Caillou," and the lessons presented on this new DVD are spot-on. From not being afraid to show who you really are, to taking care of yourself (vision is addressed), and being a welcoming friend to new kids at school, there's importance in what's being taught. For us, this DVD comes at the perfect time as our little girl enters the same age group as her longtime animated hero.

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The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

Disclosure: A Copy of BIG KID CAILLOU was provided to The Rock Father by PBS Distribution for the purpose of possible review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn aka The Rock Father, with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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