I'm officially worn out on classical music and baby aimed DVDs. As the birth
of my son is only weeks away, I've been collection any and every baby education
DVD that comes along in hopes of raising the next Einstein or Mozart. In a field
virtually created by the Baby Einstein company, several competitors have recently
appeared with similar entries aimed at stimulating the ears and eyes of babies
and toddlers everywhere.
Videos such as this are based upon the Mozart effect that was discovered after
a group of college students that listened to 30 minutes of classical music were
found to have an increased learning capacity for a short time. This has been
applied to infants with the theory that any activity at that age will stimulate
the brain and learning process.
With that in mind, Baby Superstar Farmer presents 30-minutes of footage of
farm animals, farm equipment and farm related toys set to classical music. There
is a lot of variety in the footage, with the animals and equipment being the
most entertaining. Movement is the key and it almost never stops. Whether it's
horses running around or toys moving across the screen, the images easily keep
time with the active music.
The idea of farm equipment and farm animals set to Swan Lake may seem strange
and it really is. I know that part of the process is based upon the classical
music, but perhaps a better selection of music could have been used. Something
a little more pastoral or complementing to the farm theme, but this style of
music may not interest children as much as the more active style present on
While not as polished as some of the other children's education DVDs
out there, Baby Superstar Farmer has done a few things right that I've
complained about before. First off, a music CD is included. The entire soundtrack
to the DVD has been included on a separate CD allowing you to take the music
that your child likes on the road or into another room. I know you can purchase
classical CDs for a dime a dozen, but it's nice to have it included in
Secondly, the disc actually features a few useful extras in the form of short
video tips from Dr. Joyce Brothers and a pediatrician. Short clips are shown
about topics like Ear Aches, Feeding, Colds, and other questions that new parents
might have. It's something that most experienced parents will not look
at, but for new parents it can easily answer several important questions.
Video: Like most other videos of this style, the video is
of mixed quality, but it's almost always high. The stock footage shots
of the animals and farm equipment do display a bit of grain, but I'm sure
your baby won't complain in the least. Colors and saturation are near
perfect and maybe perhaps a little too high, as the images are meant to appeal
to the littlest of eyes. These are both nit-picking problems that are present
in most videos of this style, but they will not deter your child from wanting
to watch them in the least.
Audio: The audio is a vibrant stereo 2.0 mix that will keep
your babies ears entertained and their tiny feet tapping. It's not a really
dynamic mix and doesn't use the extra space that DVD offers. Again, it's
perfectly acceptable considering the viewing audience.
Extras: As mentioned in the review, the disc has short information
video clips and an audio CD of the music. Both are welcome additions that enhance
the value of this package.
Overall: While not my favorite of this style of video, baby
Superstar Farmer stands out with its extras and additional information. These
little things make it as useful to the parents as it is to the child. I have
a feeling this video will age with your child better than some because of the
subject matter. Older children seem to be fascinated with animals and big machinery,
which there is plenty of on this disc.