Another Review of Roger's Wheels on the Bus



L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 30 22:56:52 CDT 2004


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2004/10/31/PKGIJ7PK7G1.DTL

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

Small children will love "The Wheels on the Bus: Mango and Papaya's Animal 
Adventure" for its bright colors, gentle pace and upbeat tone. Parents will 
love it because the DVD has an option called "Play Video Over and Over" - - 
so parents can hear, ad infinitum, the title song performed by none other 
than the Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey moonlighting as a large green 
dragon. And you're going to hear the same song roughly 10 million times, so 
it might as well have some soul. "Wheels on the Bus" expands on the 
familiar, bouncy children's tune about people on a bus going up and down, up 
and down, up and down, etc., with simple, low-tech computer graphics mixed 
with live actors and puppets. The bus, driven by Daltrey's dragon, stops at 
an aquarium, a farm, a clown show, a gas station and a zoo, covering such 
themes as nutrition and opposites. There's wonderful footage of fish and 
farm animals that very young children (age 1 or so) will find mesmerizing, 
and older kids (say, up to age 4) will enjoy the musical numbers and 
repartee between a talking monkey and a toucan. An extra, "Making of Wheels 
on the Bus," shows how the actors and artists put the video together. The 
shot of Daltrey in the recording studio gently crooning the title song is 
worth the purchase price.

-- Carolyn Jones.

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