Pick. There is a remarkable new children's
DVD (and audio CD) on the market by They Might Be Giants
and Disney Sound entitled Here Come the ABCs. It is truly
Here Come the ABCs DVD
features songs about letters set to fun animated scenes that will
entertain the whole family, and educate preschoolers. They
Might Be Giants, with John Flansburgh and John Linnell, are an
alternative rock musical duo who first ventured into the kids'
music market with the album, No!, a recording that debuted
at #1 on Billboard's Children's Music Chart. They had complete creative
control on the DVD, and employed graphic artists, illustrators,
and puppeteers from around the globe in order to create this funky
and charmingly out-of-the-ordinary project.
TMBG recently wrote
the theme song for the animated series, Higglytown
Heroes, on Playhouse Disney, and twelve of the Here Come
the ABCs videos will begin airing on Playhouse Disney
One of the
truly unique music videos on the DVD claims that LMNO are sometimes
confused for one letter, but they're not! Others include, C
is for Conifers, F is for Fake-Believe, and ZYX.
In Letter/Not a Letter, kids decide what are
letters, and what aren't (the voices of children comment on
each image with things like, "That's SO a letter" or
"Whatever that is, it's NOT a letter"). E
Eats Everything scrolls through each letter of the
alphabet and their particular eating habits (F, for example,
is fussy and only eats with fancy wine; J only drinks
juice...but E eats everything).
especially humorous (and educational) vignette is entitled QU.
Viewers learn that Q and U are often a pair, and watch as
people with Q and U masks over their heads hang out with
each other (go for walks together, play baseball, and so
forth). Such fun.
The DVD is hosted by John and John as puppets. This DVD
is distinctive, highly "edutaining", and a must-own for
families with young children. Whether kids are deciding which
squiggly lines are letters (and which are not), or visiting the
Alphabet Lost and Found, kids receive an amazing, creative lesson
in alphabet and letter recognition with plenty of reinforcement.
If you have
a preschooler, this DVD belongs in your movie library.