'Odd Squad: Dance Like Nobody's Watching'
(DVD / G / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: When the alarm system at Headquarters is triggered, Olive, Otto, Ms. O, and Oscar must avoid a series of booby traps in order to shut it off.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, The Odd Squad is a government agency that’s run by kids! Their mission is to investigate and rectify strange occurrences and to keep everyone safe. All of the agents have names that begin with the letter “O”.
Field agents Otto, Olive, and their boss Miss O., are in each of the six episodes on this 90-minute DVD. As the title suggests, each episode is musically themed and most of them use math logic to solve the perplexing mysteries in their neighborhood.
This delightful, and uber fun 'DANCE LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING' DVD includes the following stories:
'Dance Like Nobody is Watching' – The agency is under a lockdown as their alarm system got triggered. Their scientist, Oscar has put many booby traps in place and has long forgotten their patterns. Otto gets to show off some of his dance moves while de-activating a tricky laser trap.
'Sound Check' – There’s a hot boy band called Sound Check and all of the townsfolk and agents (except for Olive) are digging their new single – “Take Away 4.” The problem is that whenever people hear the song, four of their items disappear!
'Sound Check Part Deux' – Sound Check is back, well at least one of the members is. The Odd Squad has to help put the band back together by locating the missing three members.
'Case of the Sing Alongs' – The mayor has developed an unusual habit of singing and dancing at public events. The Odd Squad has been called in to figure out why and to put a stop to his strange behavior.
'O is not for Old' – The agency wants to throw a surprise birthday party for Miss O. Everything is set up except for the forgotten present and birthday cake. Oscar can produce them quickly if the group can decide on what type of cake and present to give her. Olaf’s suggestions for potatoes for both are not very helpful.
'Mystic Egg Pizza' – The pizza delivery girl and egg sandwich delivery guy have discovered that pieces of their products show up missing after they are placed into their delivery boxes. The Odd Squad is called in to follow some leads and crack this tricky case.
'Odd Squad: Dance Like Nobody Is Watching' is a live-action series with the goal of helping kids ages 5-8 learn math. And for that reason alone, my boy enjoyed this show and its wacky humor tremendously! Besides entertaining, it teaches logic and math concepts like fractions and graphing/charting. I highly recommend this DVD to all parents of children interested in math, or otherwise. Either way it will definitely, 100% keep them occupied watching The Odd Squad figure things out -- and you also, most likely! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.