Last night, I relaxed in front of the television to watch a movie with my daughter. We picked American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong. This movie shows girls, first hand, about school bullying and how to stand up against it. It also depicts how to build and keep friendships. A trait that, more often than none, I’ve found more and more adults still lack.
Although we enjoyed movie time together, there was one person who just wasn’t interested. My 3-yr-old son just isn’t interested in movies, unless they are animated. Feeling a little guilty this morning, I introduced him to a new DVD Series I knew he would like, Adventures in Booga Booga Land. It follows 2 best friends Marty and Gerard as they develop THEIR friendship and learning what God has in store for their lives.
Based on the Parables of Jesus, join Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe as they bungle their way thru the paradise of Booga Booga Land inadvertently learning lessons that Jesus taught many years ago.
1. The workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-6)
2. The wise and foolish builders (Matt 7:24-27)
3. The lamp under the bowl (Matt 5:14-16)
I, thoroughly, enjoy having tools to teach my children about God and help them develop a Faith their own. So, when I was asked to Booga Booga Land, I immediately thought it would be an uplifting animated series and an excellent addition to our library. You all know I’m a big fan of Tommy Nelson products for our family. We ate breakfast and settled in to check it out and found there was a LOT we liked about the this pair of friends:
- Short Episodes: Believe it or not, my youngest child has the attention span of a frog. He jumps around as his mind wanders. So, I like the fact that it’s split into three different episodes. Each gives enough time to watch and if attention is lost, well.. there’s a great pause point.
- Silliness: The friends are all kind of, well… silly. This poses for great comedic relaxation and entertainment for young children.
- Easy-To-Follow: The fun characters make each episode very easy to follow for children.
- Colorful: Immediately my son was drawn to the graphics and color of the DVD cover.
- Scriptures: Each episode is based on a set of scripture for children to learn. For instance the first episode So This is Booga tells the story of the workers in the vineyard from Matt 20:1-16.
Momma Improvements and Suggestions:
Although, I felt, at first, this could be a great Bible Teaching Tool, after watching it I wasn’t convinced and had a few issues regarding it’s content, such as:
- Entertainment: It was plenty entertaining for my son and quite on the silly side, but I was looking for more. After the we watched all three episodes, my son and his 6-yr-old sister still had no idea what the Bible Lesson was. It’s easy to follow, but there just wasn’t enough Biblical Explanation. Improvement: I’d love to see somewhat of a recap after each episode to fully drive home the parable and lesson the children should be seeing.
- Graphics: I’m not a fan of the animation. It reminds me too much of Cartoon Network. My children aren’t allowed to watch many of those shows. Just didn’t sit well with me. Suggestion: Take that into consideration before allowing your children to watch this. It’s really not a big deal, but, for me, it was a factor.
Adventures in Booga Booga Land, above all, would be a great cartoon for entertainment purposes, but if you’re looking for a Biblical teaching tool, this might not do it’s purpose. I will, however, say it’s better than most shows you’ll find and give it an A for family friendliness.
Adventures in Booga Booga Land can be purchased at Christian Bookstores or online for the suggested retail price of $12.99. Budget Tip: Amazon has it for 7.99! To learn more visit: www.boogaboogaland.com.
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