The latest in kids' video -- See what we thought of "Little Buddha," "Clifford," and "The Flintstones"
The latest in kids’ video
Encore performances: The Muppets ride again, the Flintstones resurface, and a Disney fave returns.
AGES 2 TO 5
GEOKIDS Nature’s miracles — a lizard running along the water’s surface, a male seahorse giving birth-get National Geographic’s special treatment in this series for preschoolers. Goofy tunes and cute puppet characters add to the impressive creature footage. A-
MUPPET CLASSIC THEATER A joyous 70-minute romp in which six classic stories, including The Three Little Pigs and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, are liberally reinterpreted by Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. How liberally? The Muppetized version of The Elves and the Shoemaker features hip-swiveling Elvises making blue suede shoes. B+
AGES 5 TO 9
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Now available on video for the first time, this 57-year-old classic still ranks among the fairest of them all. Although kids raised on Aladdin and The Lion King might not find Snow White as instantly appealing (”Some Day My Prince Will Come” just doesn’t have the bounce of ”Hakuna Matata”), the dwarfs never fail to delight. A
CLIFFORD This movie is not about the big red dog. Here, Clifford is a terror of a 10-year-old (Martin Short) who causes trouble during a visit with his harried uncle (Charles Grodin). A predictable comedy in almost every way. C
AGES 9 AND UP
LITTLE BUDDHA Many adults found director Bernardo Bertolucci’s film slow going, but older kids will relate to the experiences of a contemporary 9-year- old Seattle boy whom Buddhist monks believe is the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama. This adventure, interwoven with the spectacular tale of Siddhartha’s journey toward enlightenment, makes for magical, mind-broadening entertainment. A
THE FLINTSTONES Hollywood’s live-action rendition of the ’60s animated TV comedy is an exacting homage, from the opening Fred-gets-off-work sequence to the closing home-from-the-drive-in moments. Big deal. Couldn’t somebody have found a more deserving work to slavishly replicate than The Flintstones? Still, kids will be amused watching a cartoon come to life and, of course, by the avalanche of corny rock jokes. B-