Top DVD/Blu-ray Gifts for Preschoolers (2010)

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Looking for the perfect movie for a 2-5 year-old? A wealth of DVDs and Blu-rays targeted for families and preschoolers were released in 2010. If you're looking for gift ideas, you can also look for related merchandise to correspond with most of the new releases. Whether you are looking for a special release from one of kids' favoriteeducational shows or just something colorful and fun, here are some of the topreleases for preschoolers in 2010:


1. Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 may be a threequel, but it packs all the entertainment punch of the first two Toy Storymovies and rounds out the overall story with an emotional, funny film that is as fun for parents as it is for kids. The movie contains a few scenes that may be extremely frightening or suspenseful for very young viewers. The world’s #1 animated film in box office history, Toy Story 3 will be released on November 2, 2010, just in time for the holiday season. (Rated G)More »

2. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

It's summertime, and the nature fairies, along with Tinker Bell, Clank, Bobble and Terrance, are on the mainland helping nature along. Always one to let curiosity get the better of her, Tink goes exploring a little to close to the humans. Tink's careless behavior enrages Vidia, who takes it upon herself to teach Tink a little lesson. But, when her harmelss little teaching moment goes terribly wrong, Tink ends up being captured. The magical and whimsical beauty of the fairies world is delightful for preschoolers, and this story offers a thrilling adventure right on their level. (Rated G)More »

3. Beauty and the Beast (2010, Diamond Edition)

From the shelf of honor high up in the vault of Disney classics, Beauty and the Beast returns to stores in a digitally restored, high-definition version ofthe timeless classic with a wealth of new extras. The Diamond EditionBlu-ray features an extended version of the movie, a lengthy deletedscene, and a never-before-seen alternate opening. These and otherfeatures give amazing insight into the remarkable making of the firstever animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. ?The Disney Princesses are a part of just about every preschool girl's life these days, and Belle, with her kindness and love for reading, is a fabulous example of a princess. (Rated G, contains some scenes that might be frighteing to young children)More »

4. Ponyo

The intensely beautiful and unique imagery of Hayao Miyazaki surges tolife in this imaginative story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen'sfairy tale "The Little Mermaid." ?Much more child-oriented than some of Hayao Miyazaki's other films, Ponyo relates the story of a young boy and a young girl who become friends againts the odds. The brilliant color, silly encounters, and touching acts of friendship make this movie are just a few of the reasons why this movie is so mesmerizing to young children. Released in March, 2010, the Blu-ray combo pack contains the DVD as well. (Rated G, contains some mildly scary scenes)
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5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Released on DVD/Blu-ray in January of 2010, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs lets kids' imaginations run wild with images of fantastic food falling from the sky. The movie presents a possible explanation of what might have been going on in the little town Grandpa invented in the book version of the story. The movie is fun family fare, and fairly light on questionable content, but it might make the whole family hungry! Get the book to go along with the movie, and you've got a fun and educational gift for young kids. (Rated PG, for brief mild language)More »

6. Ni Hao Kai-lan: Princess Kai-lan

The title episode on this DVD is an hour-long special that will delight preschoolers as they learn about friendship. When Kai-lan finds out that the fox and the bear kingdoms won't talk to each other, she travels to them to help them overcome their differences. She helps them learn that, when they feel mad, they should talk about what's making them mad. With adorable, brightly colored animation and an interactive format, Ni Hao Kai-lan: Princess Kai-lan is a great gift for young preschoolers.More »

7. Dora's Big Birthday Adventure (2010)

Released in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Dora the Explorer,the title episode of this special DVD is a double-length feature whichfinds Dora and Boots trapped in Magic Storybook land. They must get pastthe witch (complete with flying monkeys) and find the Wishing Wizzle sothey can make it back in time for Dora's big birthday celebration. Thestory is the third in the Magic Storybook trilogy (the first two are"Dora Saves the Snow Princess" and "Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom").The DVD contains three birthday/wish themed episodes:
  • "Dora's Big Birthday Adventure"
  • "Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle"
  • "Wizzle Wishes"
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8. Let's Hear It for the Laurie Berkner Band (DVD - 2010)

Laurie Berkner is one of the greatest children's music stars -- ever! Her music delights millions of children, and it's not too bad for parents to listen to either. Her new DVD, Let's Hear It for the Laurie Berkner Band, features 16 songs plus special features. Kids will laugh, dance and sing along with Laurie with over 44 minutes of musical fun. (NR)More »

9. Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (Blu-ray/DVD - 2010)

When Thomas gets lost and stuck on the spooky and mysterious Misty Island, he makes a series of decisions that make the situation worse for himself and for the trains on Misty Island. A daring rescue ensues, while Thomas tries to comfort his new friends. This feature-length movie is more exciting than other Thomas adventures, with Thomas getting scared a few times, and a ghost story-like feel that pervades part of the film. Young Thomas fans are in for quite a ride. (NR)More »

10. Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 Special Edition

On November 30, 2010, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 become available for the first time in a decade. These musical classics provide beautiful animated imagery, the old school hand drawn kind, to go along with famous classical music pieces. I love this collection for preschoolers, because it provides a calming and interesting backdrop, and it is also great when kids aren't feeling well and just need to relax. Animators put these images to music based on what they saw in their minds when they heard the pieces, so I love to point this out to my kids, and then let them try painting as they listen to music, encouraging them to draw what they imagine as well. The new collection includes both films and a wealth of new bonus features.
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