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Time for another Edutainment Shelf treasure! Several weeks ago, I received a copy of the Lo Mejor de Cantinflas Show DVD. I'll be honest: I've never watched a Cantinflas show. Not that I can remember, anyway. Of course, everyone talked about him when I was growing up, so I knew who he was. But I never actually sat down and watched one of his shows.
Therefore, I didn't really know what to expect when I popped the DVD in for this review. But, oh my, it is so awesome! This little, animated series features the voice of Mario Moreno, who was the original Mexican comedian Cantinflas. This special collection has 13 episodes that take your children on a learning adventure through time and around the world, and they will love learning with Cantinflas as their guide.
The clever and fast-paced episodes cover:
- Thomas Edison
- Yosemite Park
- Mexico City
- Friar Serra
- The History of the Space Program (mention of Jules Verne, etc.)
- Mount Everest
- Marco Polo
- La Navidad (Christmas)
The entire show is in Spanish (no English language or subtitles are available), so this is best suited for children who are completely fluent in Spanish and would be perfect for bilingual or Spanish homeschoolers. You could use various episodes to supplement your studies of electricity, music, astronomy, and so on.
If you grew up with Cantinflas, this is a great way to share the man and his humor with your own children.
Note: Veracruz Media purchased the original masters from Hanna Barbera and worked to restore them. The quality is good, but definitely reminds me of original film quality of the '70s and '80s.
The DVD is available at Walmart, Walmart.com, and Amazon.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.