Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fireman Sam Saves the Day

Everyone's favorite firefighter is back with five great new episodes! As usual, Fireman Sam and his trusty crew have their hands full helping the citizens of Pontypandy. I find it surprising that this is the only firefighter themed children's show on the air today. Aren't scads of little boys fascinated with fire trucks and rescue? With such a limited selection, we should be glad Fireman Sam is so entertaining!

There are several aspects that make this series particularly appealing. There's a great foreign humor (this is a Welsh production) alive here that is very different from our typical U.S. cartoons. The characters are all lovable (and troublesome) small town people with lovable personalities and funny catchphrases that never fail to deliver some action.

No job is too big or too small for these brave firefighters. Sam and the rest of the firefighters help out by teaching the local kids about camping safety and helping a friend in need who cannot swim. Of course, troublesome Norman creates creates some trouble by trying to show off. While trying to rescue Rosa the Cat Rosa from the tree, Norman winds up getting stuck alongside her, and the fire brigade has to rescue them both.

Episodes: Fields of Fire; Norman's Invisible Friend; High Jinx; Pizza Palaver; Firefighter of Tomorrow. Bonus episode: Roary the Racing Car - Roary Takes Off!

Run time: 50 minutes
Release date: January 13, 2009

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