KIDS EXTRA VIDEO It's Muppet madness as the little guys multiply. Plus: screen time for a pair of happy campers, a Jonny named Quest and a Johnny named…
Video Review

KIDS EXTRA VIDEO

It's Muppet madness as the little guys multiply. Plus: screen time for a pair of happy campers, a Jonny named Quest and a Johnny named Appleseed, and two troubled urban families. AGES 2 to 5 BILLY BUNNY'S ANIMAL SONGS (1993, Jim Henson, unrated) This sing-along video- featuring music from ballads to rap-introduces a new brigade of Muppets, including Billy, a peppy but cloying baby rabbit; Termite, a funky, raspy- voiced delight; and Porcupine, a torch-singing Southern belle who may be serious competition for Miss Piggy. Sometimes hip, definitely hoppin'. B+ -Kenneth M. Chanko

JUST ME AND MY DAD (1993, Golden Book, unrated) Break out those sleeping bags. Junior campers will take a shine to the adventures of the Little Critter, the furry creature from Mercer Mayer's picture books, who's camping out for the first time with Dad. A workmanlike animated tale. B -KMC

AGES 5 TO 9 JONNY'S GOLDEN QUEST (1993, Turner, unrated) Jonny Quest, that yellow-haired preteen adventurer of 1960s cartoon fame, is back on the small screen, joined by best buddies Hadji and Bandit, of course. The action-heavy animated tale pits Jonny against the evil Zim; along the way he comes to terms with his mother's death and gets a kiss from a girl. B -KMC

THE TOMI UNGERER LIBRARY (1993, Children's Circle, unrated) An earthly visit from the man in the moon. A little girl who reforms a band of thieves. A magical hat. A redemptive beast. The four smart animated shorts from this award-winning children's author-illustrator, coupled with a short talk with Ungerer himself, make for a sublime, timeless collection. A -KMC

JOHNNY APPLESEED (1993, Rabbit Ears, unrated) Planting seeds and sampling apple pies don't translate into a dynamic visual story, and that's the drawback of this gentle but languid tale about the 19th-century naturalist. Garrison Keillor's narration and Mark O'Connor's fiddle music imbue the warm watercolor illustrations with an inviting, but uninvigorating, charm. B- -KMC

AGES 9 AND UP LOVE YOUR MAMA (1993, Hemdale, PG-13) Her son gets shot, her loutish mate sleeps around, and her daughter winds up pregnant-Mama needs a lot more than love. Notable for being one of the few feature films to focus on an African- American family, Love Your Mama nonetheless becomes a stilted tale about family life in a Chicago ghetto-nothing more than a checklist of urban ills. C+ -KMC

MISS ROSE WHITE (1992, Republic, PG) A Jewish career girl's well-ordered life in 1950s Manhattan is shaken to the core when the sister she thought had died in a Nazi death camp is reunited with the family. A classy Hallmark Hall of Fame television production starring Maximilian Schell and Amanda Plummer, the video poignantly portrays the family's wrenching struggle to come to terms with the past. B+ -KMC

Originally posted Jun 18, 1994 Published in issue #175 Jun 18, 1993 Order article reprints