Thursday, August 20, 2009

Olivia (Nickelodeon) - DVD Review and Giveaway


One of the first books my daughter received was the board book version of Olivia by Ian Falconer. Only a few months old at the time, she didn't really appreciate the book gift. But sometime around the age of two or three, she became quite fond of the lively little girl pig with a big imagination. We've since read nearly all the picture books in the Olivia series. Toddlers and preschoolers love Olivia so it was no surprise to me when Nick Jr. started airing an animated television series earlier this year based on the bestselling book series. Just last week on August 11, 2009, Nickelodeon released an Olivia DVD showcasing some of the original TV episodes (and a couple of brand new ones).

For those not familiar with Olivia, she's an adventure loving 6-3/4-year-old pig with a super vivid imagination. Olivia dreams big, always imagining herself as larger than life characters. She has two younger brothers, Ian and William. Sibling rivalry and jealousy are main themes in the episodes, and Olivia calls her little brother Ian, "little bother." A few of the episodes show Olivia attending school, competing with her friend Francine and relying on friend Julian. The catchy theme song is an attention getting, jazzy ditty - O-LI-VI-A! Animated shorts play between the episodes.

My daughter enjoyed all the episodes, but she really, really likes the brand new episode, "Olivia Acts Out." Olivia wants to star as "Queen of the Fairies" in her school play, but instead her teacher casts her in the role of "Cow #2." To her disappointment she only has one boring line, "Moo." She makes the most of her moo with a performance that is over the moon. I loved Olivia's clever "Rules of Life." (Rule #5: "Not everyone can wear red, especially when you're pink.")

Viewers should know that although the episodes are based on the Olivia books and include some phrases from the books, they are entirely new plots not seen in the book series. Also, the producers decided to move beyond Falconer's unique minimalist colors of red, white and black by showing the characters and settings in full color. However, Olivia still wears her signature red outfits! I think kids will appreciate the animated episodes more if they've been previously introduced to Olivia's character by reading the book series. Later this year Simon & Schuster plans to publish several Olivia TV Tie-in books.

Episode List: (as shown on back of DVD)

Olivia Acts Out - As Cow #2 in the school play, Olivia tries to make the moooost of her role.
Olivia and Grandma's Visit - Olivia and Ian must share a bedroom during Grandma's visit.
Olivia Plays Piano - Ian is great on the piano, so jealous Olivia tries to ship him to Siberia!
Olivia Trains Her Cat - Olivia suggests a pet talent show when she fibs that Edwin, her cat, can do ballet.
Olivia and the Crystal Ball - When Ian and Olivia break Dad's new trophy, Madam Olivia predicts big trouble!
Olivia Plays Soccer - Olivia becomes goalie on the school soccer team.
Olivia Packs Up - Not wanting to share, Olivia searches for a place with no "little bothers" in sight.
Olivia Is Invited to Dinner - Francine invites Olivia for dinner.
Olivia DVD Not Rated-95 minutes; Bonus Features: Olivia Photo Gallery; Released August 11, 2009; $16.99 SRP
DVD Source: Review copy provided for free by Bender/Helper Impact, Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment

Related Links:
Nick Jr. Olivia Website
http://www.oliviathepiglet.com/ - Learn more about Ian Falconer and have fun with Olivia and join her fanclub
Olivia Teacher/Librarian Activity Guide (includes coloring sheet) [pdf]
Wikipedia List of Olivia Episodes

Win a copy. Nickelodeon has kindly offered to giveaway an Olivia DVD to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

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114 comments:

Leslie said...

I have never heard of Olivia before. It looks cute!

Thanks :)

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Leslie said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted :)

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http://twitter.com/laughwithleslie/status/3424200278

Leslie said...

I blogged!

http://livelovelaughwithlesliegiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/08/olivia-dvd-giveaway.html

The Allen Family said...

I loved the Olivia books! I'd love to have my boys enjoy them as well.

Sue said...

I love Olivia, she's so cute! My boys love picture books and Richard Scarry's characters have always been favorites.

Niki Schoenfeldt said...

My daughter likes Olivia. I like her sass. Hope we win. Thanks for the opportunity.

peg366 said...

I love Okivia. I am following you on twitter, too as I love the tweets you give. To me a rather new writer, any help I can get is a way of helping me improve my writing.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

My niece is named Olivia so we are very big fans!

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TheAngelForever said...

We love Olivia, Froggy, Max & Ruby and many other animal books. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Lindsey said...

Oh dear, I'm trying to think... well, Carl the rottweiler is okay. I'm sure I'll think of an obvious favorite later, lol. This looks SO cute! My daughter would love it. :-)

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TheAngelForever said...

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holdenj said...

I always loved Angelina Ballerina! What a cute little mouse who always dreamed big!

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Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My favorite child's book character is Charlotte from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web.

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Karen L said...

My kids always loved Curious George, Frog and Toad, and Nathan the elephant! These Olivia stories look adorable...who can't love that little pig!?!

Nad said...

My kids love Stewart Little and Curious George, but Olivia is a favorite of mine! Thanks for the chance!

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Sylvia said...

We love the Olivia books and I am sure we would love this
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cindiizzy said...

My favorite animal character is Curious George.


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cindiizzy said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted this giveaway

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judybrittle said...

I have always loved the Berenstain
Bears. Very cute characters. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/3440952449

Alice H said...

I love Olivia! But I also love the Arthur books - thanks! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Alice H said...

I subscribe via google reader - alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

Island Girl said...

My daughter love the Olivia books and would love this DVD.
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Jamie said...

Curious George is my favorite... and my little one imitates him, it's too cute!!

Thanks for the chance to win- this looks like a fun video.

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Winning Readings said...

Mozi Esme here - we posted about this at Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/olivia-dvd_21.html

Jen@BigBinder said...

Our PBS station doesn't show Olivia, but it looks so cute, and perfect for my kids (ages 4 and 6). Thanks for a fun contest!

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Jen@BigBinder said...

I twittered this http://twitter.com/usefultool/status/3451322774
and follow you on twitter! (@usefultool)

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annalene said...

i love miffy/nijntje the dick bruna character... so cute! i've never seen olivia before, but she is really cute too!

janetfaye said...

My grandson likes the Olivia books.

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Staci said...

My son's favorite character is Little Critter from the Just Me and My...series. Chester from the Kissing hand is another fave right now.
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Librarian Mommy said...

I am curious to see how the Olivia show compares to the adorable books.

JamericanSpice said...

i've not seen anything of Olivia. however my kids love word world and anything dr seuss

ChiefFamilyOfficer said...

Do Dr. Seuss characters qualify? I've read The Lorax more times than I can count. Thank you for the giveaway!

Jeanne said...

We are HUGE Olivia fans in this house so my two little girls would love this.

GabbyLowe said...

My kids both love this show and would love to have it on DVD

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GabbyLowe said...

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follow and tweeted

Amy B. said...

My son likes Angelina Ballerina!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
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Amy B. said...

I'm a follower!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
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etirv said...

Follower! Google reader subscriber, too!

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Stephanie said...

My son's current favorites are Toot & Puddle. I think he would enjoy Olivia- he is just beginning to understand imagination.

Carol said...

My grandson loves Curious George and the Bernstien Bears. I would love to give him this DVD!
Carol M
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Carol said...

I follow on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway-CarolAnnM
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Luv to Save said...

I would love to win this! my daughter loves this show! Her name is olivia too!
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Marie said...

My kids and I love McDuff (the dog) from the series that we read quite a lot.

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Beth said...

One of our favs is Froggy! Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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Marie said...

Olivia is my daughter's favorite book and show. We'd love the DVD.

Julie said...

The Berenstein Bears and Richard Scarry books

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Daniel M said...

we're tigger fans here and my niece would love this dvd - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

A Frugal Friend said...

There is not an animal character that my daughter doesn't like - she loves animals and would love to see Olivia again (we've watched one or two episodes since she's been able to watch tv). Too cute of a giveaway...thanks!

Traci Fritz said...

My daughter was introduced to Olivia through the books. She received one for a Christmas present and was immediately hooked! She was thrilled when Nick started the TV show.

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Traci Fritz said...

I follow you on twitter and i tweeted.

http://twitter.com/tdfritz/status/3672659324

tina said...

my daughter really likes olivia and max and ruby thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina said...

i follow thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Nancye said...

My favorite animal book character is Arthur by Marc Brown

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted

http://twitter.com/
NancyeDavis/status/3681970152

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Laureen said...

My kids have seen the book. The movie sounds great! I'm sure my girls would love it! THanks for the chance!

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Laureen said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/3682130189

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