The Adventures of Mouse and Mole is a television series based on the series of books written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by James Mayhew. The television series five-minute episodes first aired on the BBC in the 1990s. I recently received a copy of The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 DVD to review.
When I first popped The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 into my DVD player, I immediately experienced a feeling of long lost recognition. As an individual who spent the majority of her childhood in the 1990s, I probably watched Mouse and Mole or read the books as a child. The characters feel extremely familiar, and watching the episodes floods me with vague memories.
The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 contains ten five-minute episodes for a total runtime of 50 minutes. (Volume 1 contains an additional ten episodes.) The episodes on Volume 2 include the following:
- Talk to Me
- Hip Dip Dip
- A Frisky Fluttery Ghost
- A Fresh Start
- The Secret of Happiness
- A Sad Moment
My husband and I try to limit the amount of screen time that our toddler daughter watches. When she is allowed to watch TV, she is limited to educational programs. She is not allowed to watch fast-paced animation. As soon as I started watching The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2, I knew that I had found another acceptable DVD for my daughter to watch. The animation is very slow, allowing young viewers to focus on the tale.
The stories in The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 are also universal and timeless, exploring the joys and complexities of friendship. Mouse and Mole live together in a little cottage in the country. Mouse is practical and cheerful. Mole gets into scrapes and needs mollycoddling. The short tales are full of humor and simple enough for younger viewers but still engaging. Five minutes is a perfect length for toddlers and preschoolers, an audience that sometimes finds difficulty in sitting still.
The animation in The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 reminds me of The Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit, Frog and Toad, and other classic stories that feature animals as characters. Although the animation is minimalistic, the episodes are filled with bright colors and interesting details. In fact, the slowness of the animation allows viewers to fully take in all the details throughout the stories. Watching The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 is almost like watching a book read aloud.
Final Verdict: With the feeling that I watched the television series as a child, I am now pleased to shared The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 with my own daughter. The DVD features ten five-minute episodes for a total runtime of 50 minutes. Based on the Mouse and Mole series of children’s books, the Mouse and Mole television show follows Mouse and Mole, two lovable characters, throughout their friendship. The animation is slow, making the DVD perfect for younger viewers. However, despite the slow speed, the stories are engaging and full of wonderful details that toddlers, preschoolers, and older children will love. I highly recommend The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2.
I received received a copy of The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Front of The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson
Back of The Adventures of Mouse and Mole Volume 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson