“Olivia: Olivia Takes Ballet” DVD Review

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
March 26, 2010

We love Olivia in our family. Thanks to Nick Jr. and Paramount Home Entertainment, we had the opportunity to review another cute Olivia DVD called,Olivia: Olivia Takes Ballet.” The DVD was released on March 2nd and is one kids everywhere will enjoy. I just love Olivia, as do my kids!

In “Olivia: Olivia Takes Ballet,” you’ll follow Olivia as she learns to dance like a prima ballerina, runs her school carnival, or camps in the great outdoors. This amazing pig can do anything! This is the second full-length Olivia DVD and retails for $16.99. The DVD is based on acclaimed author/illustrator Ian Falconer’s award-winning titles of Olivia, a 6 3/4-year-old dynamo who believes she can do anything and sees every day as an opportunity to try new things. She has a vivid imagination that takes here on great adventures. Her confidence and positive nature inspires kids everywhere to think boldly and follow their dreams. Olivia demonstrates through her imagination how kids can work through the daily challenges they face in their every day life. It is a wonderful show for kids!

On “Olivia: Olivia Takes Ballet,” you’ll enjoy 4 fun episodes, including “Olivia Takes Ballet/Olivia and Her Ducklings,” “Olivia Runs a Carnival/Olivia Explores the Attic,” “Olivia and the Anniversary Surprise/Olivia the Pet Monitor,” and “Olivia Goes Camping/Olivia Becomes A Vet.”

Olivia: Olivia… Takes Ballet Episode Synopses:

Olivia Takes Ballet / Olivia and Her Ducklings

Olivia is determined to dance just like the ballerinas she’s seen in a ballet; the only thing she needs is a partner. Luckily, Uncle Garret (a professional football player) is visiting, and the two of them dance a surprisingly graceful pas de deux for Olivia’s whole class.

After a fun day at the park, Olivia and Ian return home with some unexpected visitors – a mother duck and her ducklings! The harder Olivia and Ian try to keep the ducks a secret from Mother and Father, the more household mischief they all seem to get into.

Olivia Runs a Carnival / Olivia Explores The Attic

When Mrs. Hogenmuller’s class plans a Parents’ Night, Olivia thrills her classmates when she suggests the idea of a carnival. In her own special way, Olivia oversees the construction of games and amusements and when the night of the carnival arrives, she still has a few surprises up her sleeve.

Olivia searches high and low for Grandma’s missing time capsule and eventually finds it tucked away, forgotten, in the attic. Olivia is puzzled and thrilled by the objects that she finds from Grandmother’s childhood and is inspired to create her own time capsule.

Olivia And The Anniversary Surprise / Olivia The Pet Monitor

It’s Olivia’s parents’ anniversary and they’re planning a night out at a special restaurant. When they can’t find a babysitter, Grandma happily volunteers. When Olivia suggests they all surprise Mom and Dad at dinner, she discovers the restaurant isn’t at all the way she imagined, but it’s a lot more fun!

Olivia and Francine both volunteer to be classroom pet monitor, so the teacher, Mrs. Hogenmuller, tells them each to explain why they deserve the job. Francine initially wins over the class with the help of her charming cat, Gwendolyn, but when it’s revealed that Francine is afraid of the class lizard, everyone is happy for Olivia to take over the job – especially Francine!

Olivia Goes Camping / Olivia Becomes A Vet

Francine comes along reluctantly on Olivia’s family camping trip, and Olivia can’t believe that anyone could be so unprepared for life in the great outdoors. But with a little hiking, bug catching and marshmallow roasting, Olivia is sure she can transform Francine from a novice to an expert camper.

After a trip to the vet with Julian’s pet lizard Bernie, Olivia is inspired to become a vet herself. She imagines herself curing all kinds of wild animals and back home she goes to work on the only two patients available: her pets! Her treatments for Edwin and Perry turn out to be a bit messier than she expected.

Olivia: Olivia… Takes Ballet Fast Facts:
Street Date: March 2, 2010
DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time: Approximately 95 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated

I received a copy of “Olivia: Olivia Takes Ballet” from Nick Jr. and Paramount Home Entertainment to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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