Being a Work At Home Mom who uses the TV to pacify her kids more than she would like to admit, I am always looking for new, fun, educational shows that entertain my kids and don’t drive me to the Cuckoo’s Nest. So when I was approached to review a new line of DVDs for kids called Fo-Fo Figgily I was more than willing.
However, upon laying my eyes on furry, odd-looking creature donning the cover of the DVD I wanted to renege my offer. If the Fo-Fo Fuggly character was any indication of what was going to come to life on screen, it did not bode well for his future in my home or in this review. He looks like a cross between Big Bird and Barney with a purple version of Mr. Noodle’s hair piece. Against my better judgment, I plopped Fo-Fo Figgily into the DVD player and prayed for the best.
Within a few minutes it was clear that the producers were running on a tight budget and the that the songs were going to plague me for hours to come, HOWEVER, my kids loved it!
Despite the mediocre production value, that kids don’t care about anyway, they were up and dancing to the Birthday Song, the Silly Walk and the Jumping Song instantly and singing all the lyrics by the third viewing. Yes, they watched it at least three times in less than 24 hours. And now, anytime they get to watch a show, they scream out for “Fo-Fo Figgily!”
Fo-Fo Figgily follows a very standard formula of combining human characters with costumed characters, all of which have unique names and imaginative lands. Lessons are learned through song, which is always a high selling point for me. A recurring message that “anything is possible” carries throughout and encourages kids to use their imagination and keep their hopes high.
Amongst the various characters, my favorites are Logan, who provides a wee bit of eye candy for the moms, and the fairy, Vivala Wee, who sports some sassy, shaggy pink boots that I want for my altar ego who goes clubbing regularly. There’s also Kendall, the baritone female firefighter, and the Task Tinkers make me think of alien versions of Harry Potter. None of them are any more bizarre than the Yo Gabba Gabba crew, and there is something about them that the kids are really fascinated by.
I really didn’t want to like this show, but as it turns out, after several viewings, it has grown on me. And, it keeps the kids occupied and happy while I’m trying to make a conference call or cook dinner. Win-Win!
The Fo-Fo Figgily website contains a wealth of great parenting resources and activities for the kiddos, including planting vegetables, group activity ideas and fitness tips. CLICK HERE to visit the site and to order your copies of their DVDs.
AND ONE LUCKY READER WILL WIN BOTH FO-FO FIGGILY DVDS! To enter the give-away, please leave a comment with your most favorite kid’s show. Give-away ends on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. [Editor’s Note: The give-away has been extended until Monday, March 14.]
WINNER! Rani Shah was randomly chosen as the comments winner on March 9. Yay for Rani!
Disclaimer: I was given the DVDs to review and have provided my honest opinions of the show.