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Puppets Mango the Monkey and Papaya the Toucan are lost and trying to get back home, but they can't remember where home is. A busload of people and animals help Mango and Papaya find their home as they visit an aquarium, farm, backyard circus, and the zoo. Along the way, the passengers sing he familiar title song and other bus-related tunes. Colorful puppets, friendly people, and costumed characters combine in this happy, smile-inducing program. Roger Daltrey sings the voice of Argon the Dragon, the bus driver who leads the group on a colorful, well-paced adventure. This cheery program is sure to be popular with youngsters, who will find themselves singing and dancing along with the well-known song.

Debra McLeod

 
School Library Journal

This lively, colorful production for young children does an excellent job of teaching and entertaining. Papaya and Mango, a toucan and a monkey, join with Argon the Dragon (voiced by The Who's Roger Daltrey) to take their viewers on a bus trip to a zoo, an aquarium, and a farm. Using the song "The Wheels on the Bus" throughout the video, children, adults, and puppets of all ages sing their way to different destinations.

The bus theme provides an excellent segue between the themes. Many varied topics are covered (fueling the bus gives way to a song about nutrition and keeping our bodies running). The puppets and people interact against a computer-generated background.

Each location visited includes live-action footage of the animals represented along with visual labels. Winner of the 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award, this production will be popular with young viewers and their caretakers. An essential purchase for libraries serving young children.

Kirsten Martindale, formerly Menomonie
Public Library, WI

 
EDUTAINING KIDS.com

This lively video, starring puppets and people, is fresh, original, and highly entertaining. Filled with upbeat musical numbers, and featuring The Who's Roger Daltrey, The Wheels on the Bus Video is destined to please children and their parents.

Mango the monkey and Papaya the parrot are looking for their home. They hop on the bus, with Argon the Dragon (voiced by Daltrey) at the wheel, and join a lively cast of characters (both human and puppet) on a wonderful romp to exciting destinations.

Of course, the beloved song The Wheels on the Bus provides the musical framework for the video, with plenty of interludes along the way. Children are introduced to a mother and baby, a clown on his way to a party, a cow who is riding the bus to get to the farm, a construction worker, and more. After all, "everybody's got something they've got to do"... except Mango and Papaya who have forgotten where they live. The puppet pair get off at various fun stops, such as the aquarium, the farm, and the zoo, looking for the place they call home.

At the aquarium, viewers are treated to live-action video of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, jellyfish, tropical fish, and the like. At the gas station, a song entitled "Fill it Up!" extends the concept of filling up for gas to the need to fill ourselves up with food and drink. This segment features vibrant visuals.

A wonderful bonus movie on the DVD reveals the extraordinary work that went into making the movie. This fabulous bonus is narrated by the little girl star of the video, Janie Laurel Escalle, who was a natural in her role in the video.

This video/DVD is surprisingly fun, with lively, catchy music and a cheerful mood. Very recommended!

 
KIDS DOMAIN.com

Reviewed by Jason Praw

What do you get when you cross a monkey, a toucan, and an aging rock star? The Wheels on the Bus Video, of course!

I don't mind telling you that when I first received this DVD I was quite alarmed to discover that the lead singer of my all-time favorite rock band (Roger Daltry of The Who) had taken on a Barney-esque performance role, in his portrayal of Argon The Dragon. I almost threw the DVD out into the street! But then I decided to control my primal rages, attempt to better myself, and give it a chance.

My wife and I watched it with our 2-year-old and WE ALL LOVED IT! Prior to our watching it, I thought that it would quickly wear on us. Then once it started, even after we liked what we saw, I was quite sure that the quality of the DVD would quickly sour. Instead, with each new song, we were completely delighted!

The story is about how Mango and Papaya ride the bus in search of their home. It is not a magic bus, but a bus filled with fun nonetheless. The classic "Wheels on the Bus" song is threaded throughout the video, but it's the original songs by Laura Hall (of Who's Line is it Anyway fame) that are really catchy.

Needless to say I have learned my lesson. The next time I receive a children's DVD starring one of my yesteryear favorites, I won't be fooled by my own foolishness, but instead will let love reign o'er me... place the DVD in my DVD player, and enjoy.

In conclusion, my 2 year old absolutely loved the music, story and action, and I would strongly recommend this DVD to anyone looking to keep their well children entertained.

REVIEWER'S SUPPLEMENTARY CRY FOR ATTENTION:

Alas, I have discovered the real me and I'm one. And when Baba O'Riley and Happy Jack come over next week (at 5:15) I will throw the DVD in the player. I guarantee that when the song is over, there will be tears behind blue eyes. And if not, I will ask, "Who are you?" Certainly not my generation, that's for sure!

Tips
Watch as a family -- just cause it's nice.

Pros
- comes with lyrics
- fun, groovy and sure to generate smiles

Cons
none

 
KIDS FIRST!™

KIDS FIRST!™ Adult Juror Comments:
Oh, my gosh - really cute! Great music, adorable characters. Mango and Papaya take the bus and visit a zoo, aquarium, farm, etc. and learn lessons about friendship, safety, habitat, and nutrition. Friendly characters; storyline addresses kids' interests.

KIDS FIRST!™ KID Juror Comments:
Loved this! Watched it three times right away. Loved the characters and the dragon bus driver. Kids all sang and danced along to the Wheel on the Bus song. "I want to go to the zoo to see the zebras." "Can we go to the aquarium and see Nemo?"

 
Dove Family-Approved

Do you ever wish that your kid's could be content and calm for 30 minutes, just so you could cook dinner? Well here's your solution. Wheels on the Bus is extremely captivating. Mango and Papaya need to find their home, just one problem, they can't remember where it is. Take a ride along with them as they visit Aquarium of the Pacific, Farm Animals and finally the zoo. As a warning to the adults, if you see even two minutes of this fun and exciting journey, you too will be sprawled out on the couch to see where they end up. I recommend this video to anyone with a keen sense of adventure.

 
Times Record News

Wildman "Pinball Wizard" Roger Daltry once sang about the "Magic Bus." But he does just as well singing "The Wheels on the Bus," which he does on the children's video, "The Wheels On The Bus: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure."

Who hasn't sung several verses of "The Wheels On The Bus"? This timeless song has been around for decades, and it has also been the theme of several children's videos.

In this release, Mango the monkey and his pal Papaya the parrot hop on a bright yellow bus driven by a lime-green dragon named Argon. They join a lively bunch of human and puppet characters on an adventure across town, and they meet a lot of friends on the way, like a clown on his way to a party, a cow on his way to the farm, and a mom and her baby.

But poor Mango and Papaya have forgotten where they live, so they debark at different stops, such as the aquarium, the farm and the zoo, looking for the place they call home.

The lively animation and real-life scenes are fun to watch, but it's the music that truly makes this children's video unique.

Argon the Dragon is voiced by Roger Daltry of classic rock band The Who. Remarkably, he does a wonderful job, and apparently he liked the role enough that he has signed on to do a sequel. So watch for "Mango and the Moon Mouse" this fall.

This new spin on "The Wheels on The Bus" is a treat for kids, as well as a surprise for their parents, and by the video's end, everyone will be singing about one bus or another.

"The Wheels on The Bus: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure." Armstrong Moving Pictures. $16.95 DVD and $14.95 VHS. The video/DVD is available at Amazon.com and also at "The Wheels On The Bus" website (www.thewheelsonthebusvideo.com).

By Sharon Galligar Chance

 
ZAP2IT

ZAP2ITOne of this generations most favorite children's songs is "The Wheels on the Bus" and this video gives it it's proper due. Not only do all sorts of imaginary crazy creatures gather together to get on the bus, there's a lot live action people and pictures where they stop along the way.

Mango and Papaya are the bird and the monkey who meet up with the dragon who is the bus driver, voiced by Who singer Roger Daltry. On the bus is also the expected mom and baby, singing girl, an elephant, cow, a clown faced guy, families of different ethnicities, a big chicken as big as the construction guy, an even bigger dog and many other characters.

As Mango and Papaya try to find their way home, they visit a shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific, a farm, the zoo and a party where a guy does tricks on stilts. Thankfully, the words of all the songs are on the inside of the video, and many of the new songs are catchy and fun to dance to at home.

For ages 1 and up, it's quite appropriate for all ages, and extremely captivating and delightful. From live jellyfish, puppies and pigs, the bus ride is a lot of fun, and there's a perfect parent switch that allows the half-hour video to play over and over again, how nice!

The little girl in the video talks about how she did some of the special effects in the making-of video and how they did the bus with a blue screen in the back. Janie Laurel Escalle is the girl who says this is the first acting job she's ever done and she talks about going to the audition at director Timothy Armstrong's house and how the video was made.

This is a 2004 Parents Choice winner by the guy who won more than 30 awards for children's videos, including "The Dog Who Dared" and "The Cat Who Drank too Much."

A catchy family video, this gives you a chance to sing with the kids with a lyric book and it gives you a chance to talk about things to the kids, too, as many different animals are shown throughout the video. Both educational and fun, this is one bus you won't want to miss.

By Mike Szymanski

 
Families Today

A Magazine for Rhode Island Families

The Wheels On the Bus Video: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure is a wild and crazy ride, with a cast of human and puppet characters that exude energy and grabs the audience! This video magnificently combines singing and storytelling as it follows Mango the monkey and his pal Papaya the parrot. This appealing duo have forgotten where they live, so they board a bright yellow bus driven by a lime-green dragon named Argon, to search for their home.

As the bus travels to such places as the aquarium, the farm and the zoo in a song-filled journey, the audience is treated to scenes that range from live jellyfish, to puppies and pigs.

The voice of the lime-green Dragon, who drives the bus, is the talented Roger Daltry (of The Who ). Indeed his talent (and the rest of the cast) is what makes this video stand out. The music is simply great fun! From the wheels on the bus go round and round to the bubbles on the bus go pop- pop- pop the music carries the audience from scene to scene and is guaranteed to have the & preschool set asking for more. What drove this into a top-pick spot was the delightful circumstance of Mom wanting to watch it again too! It is really that good.

By: Pam Dennen

 
Family Screen Scene

Family Screen SceneWhat do you do when you've done it all? For the WHO's Roger Daltrey, it's accepting an acting and singing role on a children's music video. Daltrey stars as bus driver Argon the dragon. The rock legend's voice lends itself well to the songs based on the classic children's song, "The Wheels on the Bus." Argon drives as the bus passengers sing along to lively, but not grating, songs. Among the passengers is the Jumbo Shrimp Circus, who perform snippets of their act. Along the way, Mango the Monkey and Papaya the Toucon must find where they live. This takes the bus on an adventure, which turns television sets into colorful aquariums, a farm, and a zoo. The ride isn't trouble free. They even run out of gas, which merely inspires Argon to get to the gas station quickly and everyone to break in to song with "Fill-it-Up." So entertaining is this witty children's video, truly suitable for ages 1 year old and older, that parents are given the option to allow the DVD edition to repeatedly play.

Daltrey isn't the only multi-talented performer on this DVD that should become a classic. His co-star, Janie Laurel Escalle makes her professional acting and singing debut. We expect to see the nine-year-old in future television and movie productions.

Keyboardist and composer Laura Hall, who was "...inspired to write kids' music during a long car trip with my two-year-old niece, Alex, who was very bored and restless at the time. Out of desperation I began to improvise songs to keep her amused." Hall has released two children's music albums and composed three of the songs for The Wheels on the Bus Video, with lyrics by writer, director, producer, Timothy Armstrong. Hall was also a part of ABC's improvisational game show, Whose Line is It Anyway?

"The Wheels on the Bus Video gave me the chance to do something different," says Daltrey, "It's a great way of introducing music to a whole new generation of kids - maybe even the grandchildren of teenagers that grew up listening to the WHO!" (agreed!)

New bus songs include, "High, Low, Fast, Slow;" "Everybody on the Bus is going Somewhere;" "Fill-it-Up;" and "Home." The episode blends CGI animation, puppetry, and live action sequences.

We recommend The Wheels on the Bus Video Mango & Papaya's Animal Adventure for any household with children. Even baby will enjoy the catchy tunes, if, like one of the passengers, mama helps her clap along.

Awards

In 2004, The Wheels on the Bus Video - Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure was awarded with the coveted Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award from the Parents Choice Foundation. Our friends at Coalition for Quality Children's Media awarded the KIDS FIRST! All-Star Endorsement.

 

 

 

Animal Adventure Reviews

Booklist
Puppets Mango the Monkey and Papaya the Toucan are lost and trying to get back home, but they can't remember where home is. A busload of people and animals help Mango and Papaya find their home as t...
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School Library Journal
This lively, colorful production for young children does an excellent job of teaching and entertaining. Papaya and Mango, a toucan and a monkey, join with Argon the Dragon (voiced by The Who's Roger...
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EDUTAINING KIDS.com
This lively video, starring puppets and people, is fresh, original, and highly entertaining. Filled with upbeat musical numbers, and featuring The Who's Roger Daltrey, The Wheels on the Bus Video is...
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KIDS DOMAIN.com
Reviewed by Jason Praw What do you get when you cross a monkey, a toucan, and an aging rock star? The Wheels on the Bus Video, of course! I don't mind telling you that when I first rec...
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KIDS FIRST!™
KIDS FIRST!™ Adult Juror Comments: Oh, my gosh - really cute! Great music, adorable characters. Mango and Papaya take the bus and visit a zoo, aquarium, farm, etc. and learn lessons about fr...
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Dove Family-Approved
Do you ever wish that your kid's could be content and calm for 30 minutes, just so you could cook dinner? Well here's your solution. Wheels on the Bus is extremely captivating. Mango and Papaya need...
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Times Record News
Wildman "Pinball Wizard" Roger Daltry once sang about the "Magic Bus." But he does just as well singing "The Wheels on the Bus," which he does on the children's video, ...
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ZAP2IT
One of this generations most favorite children's songs is "The Wheels on the Bus" and this video gives it it's proper due. Not only do all sorts of imaginary crazy creatures gather togethe...
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Families Today
A Magazine for Rhode Island Families The Wheels On the Bus Video: Mango and Papaya's Animal Adventure is a wild and crazy ride, with a cast of human and puppet characters that exude energy and...
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Family Screen Scene
What do you do when you've done it all? For the WHO's Roger Daltrey, it's accepting an acting and singing role on a children's music video. Daltrey stars as bus driver Argon the dragon. The rock leg...
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Moon Mouse Reviews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
OK, I want to know where the secret subconscious code is in this video that sends messages to children, making them fall utterly in love with it to the point of near obsession. If only its power cou...
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Los Angeles Times
Second in a series, this smart and bubbly musical adventure, a mix of live action, puppetry and computer animation, is just as charming as the first. Set on a bouncy bus and in various real-life and...
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KIDS FIRST
Perfect for pre-schoolers! Songs are lively and familiar. The items used to rescue the mouse will be familiar to most children. Bright colors and well-constructed puppets are a plus. Music is very p...
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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Designed to help children develop early social skills, this program features Mango and Papaya, two puppet characters. Mango is a monkey and Papaya is a bird. A dragon character, Argon, is voiced by ...
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The DOVE Foundation
This kids video is very exciting and energetic for young viewers. The DVD includes live video from a zoo that teaches children different animals and their names. It also has a segment of children do...
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iPARENTING Best Products of 2006
Basing the content around the popular children's song made it instantly recognizable and of interest to my son. He loved whenever they sang. The little girl who plays the lead is very animated and a...
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Big Dog Parade Reviews

The Toy Man 2008 Product Awards
The Wheels on the Bus: Mango's Big Dog Parade is the proud recipient of:     "The Toy Man™ Seal of Approval" is an emblem of recognition for products which meet the high stan...
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Blogger News Network
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Parent Bloggers: Baby Sue and LMNOP
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A Fun Educational DVD That Won't Disappoint
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Blog Critic Magazine
DVD Review: The Wheels on the Bus - Mango's Big Dog Parade Written by Jeff Myers Published January 06, 2008 This is the third DVD of the award winning Wheels on the Bus children's series from Porchlig...
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Parent Bloggers: Cheese Party Reviews
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