Thursday, 5 November 2015

Kids' dvd review : Kate & Mim-Mim - A Christmas Wish

Can you believe Christmas is only 50 days away? If, like me, you love all the big build up, you'll be looking out for some festive cartoons to watch with the kids. If you have a little Kate & Mim-Mim fan, you'll be pleased to learn that their festive dvd is released next week (on 9th November).

If you're unaware of the show, it is based on a real-life 5-year-old girl (the daughter of Kate & Mim-Mim’s creators) and her toy bunny, and tells the stories that are unleashed by her big imagination. Whenever she has a problem to tackle or a puzzle to solve, Kate and her purple playmate Mim-Mim twirl off to the magical land of Mimiloo where she and her friends can be anyone and do anything.

This festive-themed DVD contains seven episodes from the first series (which aired in 2014), as well as an exclusive toe-tapping music video :

Kittens & Mittens : While Kate and Mom are looking after a box of kittens, the box tips and they run all over the house. In Mimiloo, a flurry of mitty kats have overtaken Lily and Boomer's house! Kate cleverly spots something they can use to round up the mitty kats and lead them home to the Winter Waterfalls.

Snow Bowling : Kate wants to build a snow fort, but there isn't enough snow in the yard. In Mimiloo, Kate and her friends go snow bowling in the Winter Waterfalls. They use snowballs as bowling balls and snowmen for the pins. But when the gang slides down into an ice cave, Kate will have to think creatively to get them out!

A Storybook Ending : The storybook Mum is reading to Kate is missing its last page. In Mimiloo, Boomer can't sleep because he's lost his favourite book so Kate and Mim-Mim team up with their friends to act out the story. Mim-Mim doesn't like being the big bad boogideebear and creates a clever new ending to the story.

Chilly the Snowman: Kate's sad because her snowman is melting. In Mimiloo, it's a sweltering hot day so Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends head to the Winter Waterfalls to cool down - only to find that all the ice is melting. To re-freeze the waterfalls, Kate will have to find Chilly, the snowman who keeps the Winter Waterfalls cold, snowy and frozen.

Twinkle Twinkle: Kate sees a falling star shoot across the sky and wonders where it landed. In Mimiloo, Kate, MimMim and their friends find the fallen star in the Forever Forest. It's just a baby, so they must find a way to reunite it with its mama in the nighttime sky.

A Wish for Christmas (double length episode): It's a stormy Christmas Eve and Kate worries that Dad won't get home in time to put the star on the Christmas tree. In Mimiloo, Kate tells her friends all about Christmas, and everyone is excited to send a wish to Santa Claus. But when a blizzard stops their letters in their tracks, it looks like Christmas will be ruined!

Lighter Than Air: While playing catch in the backyard, Kate's ball goes over the hedge, and Kate is too small to climb over. In Mimiloo, Mim-Mim accidentally squishes one of Gobble's pumpkins, which makes him wish he was lighter. Using one of Tack's inventions, he becomes the weight of a balloon! But when the gang runs into trouble, only heavy Mim-Mim can help.

We love the fact that the stories explore the themes of friendship, adventure and problem solving, mixing real preschooler day-to-day events with creative and engaging storylines. Our particular favourite was the festive double length episode, which I'm sure we'll be watching several times in the run up to Christmas.

Kate & Mim-Mim: A Christmas Wish 
RRP: £7.99 
Cat No: FHED3386 
Run time: 88 minutes

Disclosure : We received a copy of the DVD in order to write an honest review.

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