'The Suite Life Zack & Cody - Sweet Suite Victory'
(Dylan and Cole Sprouse, et al / DVD / NR / (2005) 2007 / Disney)
Overview: Zack & Cody (12-year-old identical twin boys) live with their mom in Bostonís swankiest hotel and have a hard time staying out of trouble, and out of the hair of tween girls Maddie and London who have enough of their own problems just trying to get along.
DVD Verdict: I usually avoid kids' shows like the plague; what with all of the fart jokes, bratty attitudes and non-existent plotlines. My boys have grown up watching MythBusters, The Daily Show and Seinfeld (Spongebob is ok, but a little annoying after a couple of episodes). When my 10 year old first put this show on, I thought, "Great - another show I'll have to skip over." I heard both my 5 year old and older son laughing like crazy and stepped in to check it out.
To my surprise, it actually is entertaining. The characters are well-developed, there is a common thread between all the shows (think Seinfeld's cafe scenes or Homer Simpson's interactions with Flanders), but each has its own plotline and interesting interplay between the characters. It's a very comfortable show, easy to follow for even a kindergartener, but enjoyable by kids up to 12 or so (at which point they'll be come too cool to watch it).
The best part, though, is that parents can relate to the adult characters, especially the boys' mother. I'll nearly always wander in and watch whenever my kids are, and we TiVo the episodes to watch instead of the other junk (most of Cartoon Network and Nick's shows) that is on.
Built on the success of the TV show and the first DVD, 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody - Taking Over the Tipton' (2005), we were looking forward to this new episode set on DVD - and it didn't let us down! This new DVD contains 3 hilarious episodes from the hit Disney Channel series, plus a set-top trivia game hosted by Brenda Song that tests your knowledge of the show and its stars! Nor only that there isa gag reel that is VERY funny ... and a 'High School Musical 2 Locker Poster' came inside the DVD packaging also! This is a great kids' show that is not schmaltzy, bratty or poorly written - it's a rare gem in the current TV wasteland. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Suite Life's Sweet Lift Challenge Set-Top Trivia Game