Picks and Pans Review: A Day with the Animals Sing Out, America!

updated 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

There could hardly be a more delightful package for those children who are ready for music videos but not quite ready for MTV (act fast, Moms and Dads; there isn't much time). Each ,of these 25-minute tapes includes a series of sing-along tunes performed at little folks' pace—lyric sheets are included. On the Animals tape, such songs as B-i-n-g-o, Little Bo Peep and How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? are mixed with the more hip, yet still appropriate Rockin' Robin and Paul Simon's Why Don't You Write Me? Onscreen, footage of animals from the Los Angeles Zoo is combined with a chorus of cute (sometimes a trifle too cute) children who meander in lively, colorful fashion. Sing Out is devoted to Americana, with actor Byron Tully portraying Uncle Sam and leading the same children's chorus (in pioneer garb most of the time) through such numbers as Home on the Range, I've Been Working on the Railroad and Oh, Susanna. The tape ends with a nice change of pace: 12-year-old Paul Smith, punked up with a bicolor hairdo, singing Chuck Berry's Living in the U.S.A. in a country fair setting. These two tapes are part of a series that offers parents a most enjoyable way of involving their children in music, or cultivating an interest that already exists. (View-Master, $19.95 apiece)—Ralph Novak (Thaddeus Novak, 7, adds: "The best thing about the tapes is that there are good songs. One bad thing is that it gets sort of boring when they're not singing.")

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