Mustard Pancakes: The Singing King
This DVD includes four episodes. In THE SINGING KING Courtney brings out a basket full of musical instruments for everyone to play. Mo learns the keyboard, Oogleberry learns the harmonica, Tina learns the bongos and Mr. D uses his voice. Everyone learns that practice makes you better.
In RED RAINCOAT Courtney and the gang make pizza! Courtney and Mo remember the great cooking of the DiNatale’s, Mo’s first family. They find out you can learn to respect each other’s differences and tastes. Also, working together is a really good thing and can bring great results.
In THE CAMEL WITH A RUNNY NOSE it is the day for the special picnic. Mr. D, Mo, Tina and Oogleberry get everything ready. Courtney’s too sick for a picnic. As Courtney naps, Tina has the idea to have the picnic in the living room. The indoor picnic is a hit with everyone, including Courtney.
In TAP, TAP, TAP a loud tapping sound is heard throughout the house. Soon Courtney and the others discover its Oogleberry , constructing his new invention , an automatic kibble dispenser. Mo, Tina and Mr. D. set out on their own creative invention. Everyone gets frustrated when their inventions don’t work. Courtney encourages them to keep trying and mistakes are okay, too!
This is a delightful wholesome show. Courtney Campbell shines in her role as she urges her animal companions to play instruments or to try singing in “The Singing King.” She combats their discouragement by admitting when she began playing the guitar she had some frustrating moments when her fingers hurt and she felt like quitting. Yet she didn’t. There is humor in the story and it’s a good story to begin with.
Next we have “The Red Raincoat.” In this episode the gang makes pizza, but each character wants the pizza to be a bit different. One character only wants cheese on her pizza, and another character wants pineapple on hers, while Mr. D doesn’t want pineapple. The gang cuts the pizza into five slices and each comes up with his/her own personal slice. When the pineapple comes up missing which Courtney was going to use, a fantasy mystery is told by Courtney, with the gang trying to figure out what happened to the missing pineapple. The country of Italy is discussed in the program, and the viewer is encouraged to go to the library at the end of the show which is a really nice touch.
The next episode is “The Camel with the Runny Nose.” The gang attempts to bring a picnic to Courtney at home, who is suffering with a cold and is unable to attend as planned. The story spinner is used, which always conjures up a great fantasy story for the kids, and Courtney sings another great song about the camel with the runny nose. This is another wholesome episode.
The final episode is “Tap Tap Tap,” and is about the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Oogleberry makes mistakes in trying to invent his Kibble Dispenser, but Courtney encourages him to keep at it.Courtney sings a catchy tune titled “Silvery Moon.” This was another wholesome family episode. A bonus feature is included on the DVD, and you can sing along with Courtney on “The Singing King,” or you can watch a music video.
We are happy to award our Dove Family-Approved Seal to this great programming.