Admittedly, this DVD is just for the Michigan faithful. But as a Michigan Law School alum with a strong love for the Maize and Blue, I found this DVD to be an entertaining and enjoyable way to better introduce my son to the University of Michigan experience.
The DVD is 30 minutes long (short enough that a 2 year old won't lose interest) and is filled with cute kids in Michigan cheerleader outfits, uniforms and other paraphernalia; new words (it is shocking that the other toddler educational videos don't even try to teach kids the word "touchdown!"); counting 1 to 10, learning the colors "maize" and "blue," and learning how to sing The Victors, interspersed with a celebration of the school's storied athletic programs, including prime footage of the U of M men's football team, baseball team and basketball team, along with the women's softball, lacrosse, and volleyball teams.
Of course the greatest focus and adulation is reserved for the football team and the frenetic energy of the Big House on Gameday. Here, the DVD serves its dual purpose best. The football footage shows some of the stars of the last five years, including Drew Henson and David Terrell and shows big touchdown catches and quarterback keepers. Adding to this footage, the marching band is in fine shape and performs a strong instrumental version of the Victors.
The instructional portions of Baby Wolverine seemed to be effective and enjoyable, especially with repeated viewings. Although my son did not repeat many of the instructional words upon initial viewing, I anticipate that he will learn most of the words through repeated viewings.
Perhaps it is nitpicking to discuss what is not included in a 30 minute toddler-directed video, but missing from the experience is any substantial footage of the University campus and its buildings or the other landmarks of Ann Arbor.
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