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Caillou - Caillou's Winter Wonders - animated DVD / children's and family DVD / comedy DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Annie Bovaird, Jennifer Seguin, Pat Fry, Brigid Tierney
  Distributor: PBS Paramount
DVD release: 23 September 2008   Feature runtime: 78 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English, Spanish), Closed-captioned, Meet the Characters (Dad, Grandpa, Rosie, Mom, Caillou, Grandma, Gilbert), Message to Parents, Games, Coloring Pages

Four-year-old Caillou's everyday adventures with his family and friends in real life and his imagination take a wintry turn in the vignettes featured in Caillou's Winter Wonders:
  • Caillou the Snowman - When the first snow of the season falls in Snowflakes, Sarah helps Caillou discover that every snowflake is unique, and the paper snowflakes they make are different, too; in Caillou Shoots! He Scores!, Caillou's love of ice skating "fast like a rocket" leads him to gear up to play hockey with the bigger kids; Mom and Caillou sing about how Practice Makes Perfect in a short music video; when he can't find his Green Space Racer tobaoggan, Caillou Goes Toboganning with the help of his playschool classmates and a little ingenuity.
  • Caillou's Christmas - Caillou Goes Caroling with the rest of his family, sharing his jingle bells with Rosie so she can join in; A Playschool Party introduces the variety of winter holidays and different traditions and ways to celebrate; Caillou sings that we should all try to Make Each Day Special; Caillou imagines being Santa's helper on Caillou's Christmas Eve.
  • It's Cold Outside - Caillou and his family take a sleigh ride, make maple syrup and go toboganning when It's Cold Outside! Brrr!, then he feeds the birds and makes snow angels, a snow fort and a snowman with his friends.
  • Winter - Caillou tries snow-skiing, visits Santa at a department store, gets two Christmas trees, learns to skate (and yes, this episode should have been placed before the first one in which Caillou's already skating).
Caillou is aimed at an age group ranging from older toddlers to very early elementary schoolers, and the gentle animation style and bold lines and colors are a good match for that target. The same goes for the forays Caillou makes into his imagination - picturing himself building the world's biggest snowman, being a bobsled racer - and the narrator's pleasant grandmotherly tones. Caillou's frustrations and triumphs in growing and learning connect solidly with children's own experiences.

Special features include Caillou's "biographies" of his family and himself, a "Message to Parents" about Caillou's creator and purpose, and DVD-rom games and coloring pages.

This seasonal compilation is a good choice for those coming days when either the weather is too nasty for kids around Caillou's own age to go outdoors, or to jumpstart fun ideas for cold weather-related activities.
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reviewed by Sharon Schulz-Elsing
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