Wednesday, August 22, 2007

We're Going on a Trip in Our Favorite Rocket Ship

Can I tell you how much we've been enjoying Little Einsteins around here? Yes, I do mean we, because the musically-inclined quartet (conductor, singer, instrumentalist, and dancer) has replaced Dora in household supremacy. Hooray! If I had to hear that freaking "I'm the Map" song one more time I think I would have gone looking for Dora in a dark alley.

In each episode, the foursome sings their catchy theme song while launching an adventure in their highly capable Rocket. I still like the tune enough to belt it out with Q, although I'm not going to share the video I took of us. There's featured artwork, ranging from Monet's water lilies to a modern paiting by Keith Haring to traditional African masks, and the story always involves a piece of classical music. Again, way better than hearing "I'm the Map, I'm the Map, I'm the Map, I'm the Map, I'm the Map.

Favorite parts include patting our hands to the beat of the music to get Rocket to speed up and raising our arms (and an occasional leg) to indicate that the music notes get higher and higher up the scale.

We also love the curtain call at the end, where the characters cheer for all the artist elements. In the episode featuring excerpts from Peer Gynt, they finish with a delightfully loopy "Let's give a big hand . . . to the composer of the beautiful music we played, Edvard Grieg! Edvard Grieg! Hooray! Yaaay, Grieg!"

June, the dancer, could be interpreted as Asian (she has dark hair and is voiced by an actress with a Chinese last name), which is always nice and inclusive. And best of all, in a vast improvement over Baby Einstein, all the characters have arms.

Note: I received no compensation or free product for this post. I'm just grateful that I haven't had to talk to Dora's Backpack for two weeks straight.

11 comments:

dancing dragon said...

My mom just sent this video of a cute 6 year old piano prodigy on the Jay Leno show, who mentions Baby Einstein CDs as how he got started. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToR0ViqAlbA

It's about 7 minutes long.

Christina said...

Little Einsteins has recently replaced Dora here, too, and I couldn't be happier. Well, except for the fact that they don't have Little Einsteins party supplies for a birthday...

kittenpie said...

And yet, you know, I just don't love them. I think it's my distaste for the whole Disney Einstein machine in general perhaps, that I just can't set aside? I dunno.

Momma to LG said...

Ashley and Andrew have been into Einstein's for along time. I don't seem to get tired of them although I am happy there are some new episodes because I was getting sick of "Duck, Duck, June."

K goose blog said...

too funny... we just started watching dora... i get to sing the map song...

Occidental Girl said...

Sometimes we have to be grateful for the little things. Like, characters with arms. :)

YF said...

that is funny, we have not seen the E's but do watch Dora - I know A and A both like E's. We will have to add them to the ole tivo list!

Mamacita Tina said...

Maybe we'll just skip Dora and go straight for Little Einsteins.

Jenni said...

I personally hold Dora and Diego solely responsible for my 3 year old's bossiness! And I often wonder why Dora needs a third party to communicate with her own backpack.....

Hyphen Mama said...

Here Here! My 2 little ones (almost 4 and just turned 1) love Baby Einstein, and the Little Einsteins. My daughter was about 2.5 when we started watching Little Einsteins and she learned her about musical instruments from that show, because we aren't a musical family and she wouldn't have learned it from us. And we've all pat-pat-patted right along with them too many times to count.

I live near where the creator, Julie Clark, lives and I've seen many interviews of her and articles written about her. She really is amazingly humble and was a teacher and I'm glad she's taken a Work-At-Home mom business and turned it into money. I would be only too happy to be half the genius she is.

Lady M said...

Dancing Dragon - I'm going to have to check that out, thanks!

Christina - I have a hard time believing there is actually one children's show that hasn't merchandised out absolutely everything. Wow.

Kittenpie - Yep, I don't think they are perfect. They are merely less annoying to me than other products.

Momma to LG - we haven't seen Duck, Duck, June yet. Something to look forward to. ;)

K Goose's mom - you'll get PLENTY of that map song. Ha!

OG - Arms, indeed!

YF - Now I have the L-E theme song running through my head.

Mamacita Tina - do it!

Jenni - it does seem to be a dysfunctional team, doesn't it!

Hyphen mama - Thanks for sharing that story about the founder - very cool.