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Raa Raa is my 16 month old son's absolute favourite television programme and he will happily watch several episodes in a row. Rather than rely on our recordings that we have on our Sky Plus box, we opted to purchase the DVD for £7.27 from Tesco Entertainment. Really handy for us to take to relatives houses or on holiday to keep him occupied. Ridiculously good value!
Right at the top of the box, a Raa Raa figure comes with this DVD. Rarely is this far from my son's reach as he loves to walk around holding this in his hand. Rather good for chewing on too.
Rivalling other children's shows, Raa Raa is about a lion and his group of friends - Topsy (giraffe), Zebby (zebra), Ooo Ooo (monkey), Hufty (elephant) and Crocky (crocodile) that live in the Jingly Jangly Jungle. Respect to the makers, each episode (and there are 8 contained on the disc) has a message and moral to it which is given in a way that teaches the children without being too 'preachy'.
Running time is approximately 80 minutes. Repeat viewings have already occurred in our house and enjoyment levels are still high every time. Revelry, capers and scrapes occur in each episode and a lesson is learnt in a fun way. Rhymes and ditties feature heavily in each episode and these are surprisingly catchy, making my son smile (and getting stuck in my head!). Reassuringly, from a parent's point of view, all characters speak clearly in English (unlike some other children's programmes) and in childlike voices so they appeal to my son too. Randomly, Raa Raa has quite a nasal voice - certainly not as fearsome as I would expect a lion to be! Realistic, perhaps not, but it is a child's programme after all!
Recommendable to parents of toddlers - boys and girls a like. Remembering children's programmes of my youth, we had nothing quite like this, I think I would have enjoyed it. Rather shamefully, I secretly do now!