66 minute animated DVD.
Toddlers who regularly tag along with Emmy and Max on their lesson-laden joyrides to Dragon Land via the PBS series DragonTales will devour Adventures in Dragon Land, a five-episode bonanza that also weaves three catchy sing- and dance-along musical segments into the mix. Gathered here are "To Kingdom Come," in which Ord gets a crash course on the benefits of sharing after accidentally cooping himself and the rest of the fire-breathing gang up in a faraway kingdom; "Baby Troubles," about the energy-sapping effects of taking care of even the sweetest infant (in this case, Cassie's little sister, Kiki); "Bad Share Day," a meditation on the sometimes tricky proposition of speaking up for oneself; "Zak Takes a Dive," a Zak- and Weezie-centered episode that exposes Zak's unwillingness to try swimming for what it is--unfounded, fun-spoiling fear; and "The Forest of Darkness," another fear dismantler in which Ord, with help from his friends, conquers the creeps deep into a foreign starlit forest. Most of these 10-minute cartoons will come as repeats for fans, but who's complaining? Kids from 2 to 6 can't get enough of this series, and given its commitment to incorporating thought-provoking predicaments into each episode, caregivers shouldn't mind either. DVD edition special features include English and Spanish audio tracks; English, French, and Spanish subtitles; and several sing-along tunes. --Tammy La Gorce