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New Muzzy vs. Old Muzzy

New but not better

New but not better

Muzzy has changed, but not necessarily for the better!

When my son Bruce was 2, 3 and 4-years-old we were big Muzzy fans. Our local library had Level 1 Spanish on DVD, and I purchased Level 2 VHS off of Ebay for about $100.

Muzzy was part of my very intense $2,000 effort to teach Bruce Spanish. (You can read more about that journey here.)

I’ve also used Muzzy a little bit with my daughter Jenna, but only in an edutainment kind of way. Partly that’s because I’m still smarting from my mistakes with kid #1, but also because our Muzzy DVDs were scratched.

So I was pretty excited to see that our local library system has invested heavily in Muzzy for all languages.

But oh, the disappointment!

It turns out that Muzzy is now redone with computer cartoons instead of the old fashioned type. That would be no big deal except on the Spanish Level 1 version, the sound-track isn’t linking up properly with the voices. The songs are two beats off from the words.

If you had never experienced the original Muzzy you might not notice. Or, maybe you’d think it was really bad sound quality and quite cheesy. But I noticed and so did my kids. Something’s wrong!

The songs were never spectacular, but they were catchy enough. Now they’re just weird.

If you are interested in Muzzy, first check your local library to see if you can get the program for free. Next, try Ebay. If you still have a VCR, VHS might be the best way to go.

Muzzy, a review

You might have seen the advertisements for the BBC for children language program called Muzzy.  It’s really expensive, but (they claim) worth the price.  Well, I don’t know if it’s worth the price or not, but it really is quite good.  At least it was a great refresher for myself, as I sat there next to Bruce for hours and hours of his 2, 3, and 4 year old life watching Muzzy Espanol 1 and 2.  Whether or not this was a worthwhile use of Bruce’s time is debatable.

But here’s my secret.  I got both Muzzy sets for just $100.  Our library system happened to have Muzzy 1 on DVD, and I bought set 2 on Ebay.  So for just $100, I’d say this program is totally worth it!