'McKids Adventures - Get Up & Go + Treasure Hunt'
(Ages 2-5 / DVD / NR / (2003) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overviews: Ronald McDonald in here and he's got his very first live-actions series! With lots of singing, dancing and good times, Ronald and the McKids help strengthen growing bodies and growing minds with activity based shows for little ones, ages 2-5. In 'Get Up And Go,' the gang toake to the clubhouse. That means warming up and building young muscles. In 'Treasure Hunt,' the action starts at the library where Max finds a mysterious treasure map.
DVD Verdicts: The 'McKids Adventures' are DVDs that basically teach the dangers to kids of overeating and trusting your instincts. They state that, and according to the American Medical Association, the rise in obesity among children in the 2000s represents "a major public health concern." Overweight kids tend to become overweight adults and are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, and other serious medical conditions. Two of the primary culprits cited include poor eating habits and lack of physical activity. 'Get Up and Go with Ronald' is designed to combat the latter.
'Treasure Hunt' is a lighter fare journey where the McKids fly around the world in a hot air balloon, trek on a photo-shoot safari at the zoo, and end up at the park! In truth, the man in the grease paint and crimson wig serves as a sort of Captain Kangaroo figure, although viewers with coulrophobia (fear of clowns) would probably prefer a less menacing mascot! The content itself consists of six grade schoolers - Ally, Max, Jamal, Isabella, Kim, and Dylan - riding scooters, playing soccer, planning backyard safari's and engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise ("dancing, hopping, drawing, and rocking," to quote the hip-hoppety opening theme). Small children may well be entertained by the lively songs and stories, but it's questionable whether they'll actually be inspired to "get up and go." (Ages 2-5) These are Full Screen presentations (1.78:1) and come with the Special Features of - Meet The McKids, McKids Jam: Making of the Video, McKids: Name That Instrument, McKids Backyard Expedition, and I'd Like to Be.