DVD review: Spot and his Grandparents Go to the Carnival

Little kids love carnivals nearly as much as they love their grandmas and grandpas. So when the two combine, as they do in Spot and his Grandparents Go to the Carnival, it makes for a doubly delightful tale for tots.

Spot, the happy and popular little pup created by Eric Hill, spends the day with Grandma and Grandpa—a very special day at the carnival. Fortunately it's an old-timey kind of carnival, more along the lines of the old-fashioned fun in Charlotte's Web than a realistic look at the unseemly sort of carnivals typical of today. Even more fortunate is the surprise fun Grandpa has in store when he pulls out his fire engine to tote Spot and his buddies in the carnival parade. Then disaster strikes in the form of a flat tire. Oh, my! How will Spot and his friends (a crocodile, monkey and hippo) get to enjoy the carnival shenanigans or root for Grandma to once again win the prize for best baked goods.

It's just the right amount of suspense for the toddlers for whom the adventure is intended. Bubby and Baby Mac both were entranced from the very beginning, thanks to the fun music played while Spot traipses to Grandma and Grandpa's house and the happy hugs, kisses and tail-wagging that goes on once he gets there.

What we loved about the show: Dogs, fire engines, carnivals and Grandma making cookies? What more could Bubby and Baby Mac ask for to keep their attention? They watched the entire 30-minute episode without wandering away from the TV. As for me, I enjoyed the "It's grand, grand, grand being a grandma!" ditty which inexplicably had the feel of some of my favorite tunes from Mary Poppins—and quickly became an earworm.

What I didn't love so much: The DVD includes two bonus four-minute episodes; one features Spot with Grandpa and the other features Spot with Grandma. It irked me a tad to see that the story with Grandpa was all about having fun with him at the park and out in nature and so forth, while the one with Grandma was about Spot helping her do the chores around the house. Yes, I admit that as far as PawDad and I go, he is the fun one and I'm usually the one doing the necessary chores when grandkids visit, but still...Grandma should get to be the fun one now and then, especially in cartoons.

Spot and his Grandparents Go to the Carnival, from BBC Home Entertainment with a suggested $9.97 retail price, runs approximately 40 minutes. Find out more about Spot and his adventures at www.funwithspot.com.

Disclosure: I received a free DVD for review. All opinions are my own.