The new Martha & Friends Easter themed DVD, Martha’s Magnificent Egg is another entertaining feature for the entire family. The new release finds young Martha and her friends working on designs for Easter eggs that will be entered for a chance to present one winning egg to the President himself at the annual White House Egg Roll. But what story would be complete without conflict? When Martha and her friends present a webcast on how to design eggs, her classmate Samantha copies her designs verbatim. Martha’s friends aren’t too impressed by the young lady’s general lack of creativity, especially when it leads to a tie between Martha and Samantha in the contest. But on the eve of the tie-breaking contest, Martha’s basket goes missing. The kids find the basket the next morning, which leads to a happy ending for both Samantha and for Martha. Kids and parents alike will enjoy and appreciate the morals of friendship and that winning isn’t everything presented at the story’s conclusion.
The friendship moral is just one positive to this latest release. While it is entirely CG-based, the bright colors used both in the main feature and the companion webisodes will keep young viewers engaged. The features’ music also plays its own role as it’s just subtle enough to help set each scene’s mood. Among the bonus webisodes included on this disc is another Easter themed short as well as a Valentine’s Day short. Both shorts and the other two each show audiences some crafty things to do from making cupcakes themed for each month of the year to making an armoire for cheap that will help keep one’s stuff organized. And it can be made from stuff right in one’s own home. This saves time and money, just as young Martha points out.
The bonus webisodes make a nice addition to this disc just as with the previous Halloween themed 2012 release. Though there is one more bonus that kids and parents will enjoy. That bonus is another of “Martha’s Craft Corner.” This time, parents and kids can learn how to make a bunch of Easter themed crafts including: Chick Cakes, an Egg Wreath, Eggshell Flower Pots and plenty more. Though, it should be noted that this feature might not work on some computers when put into their DVD drives. Parents would be well advised to try this feature on one’s own DVD player first since the compatibility issue might arise from one computer to the next. That aside, it’s still nice to see that Vivendi and Gaiam have included Martha’s Craft Corner yet again. It’s a great way to get kids into crafts and engaging their creative side. On a deeper level, it’s a great way to get kids and parents interacting together. In an age when the divide between kids and their parents is growing ever wider, this bonus is one more salvo in the fight to lessen that divide. So, kudos is in order once again for Vivendi and Gaiam for this icing on a fun and festival holiday special. It’s available now in stores and online.
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