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Recently released DVDs good films for young kids

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Spark your kids’ imagination with a fantasy ride on a winged horse, a fun construction project or the adventures of some energetic twins. These recently released DVDs star familiar faces to delight young viewers:

•”Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus” (Lions Gate, one-disc DVD or VHS, $19.98; not rated) features the familiar doll character in the story of Princess Annika, who fights an evil wizard. Helping Annika in her battle to save her family is her new friend Brietta, a flying horse just like the famous Pegasus. DVD extras include 15 minutes of 3-D footage along with four pairs of 3-D glasses. Games, outtakes and a music video are included.

•”Bob’s Big Plan” (HIT Entertainment; DVD, $14.99; VHS, $9.99; not rated) showcases the familiar little builder also seen in a PBS series. This time, Bob is busy building a new town. The disc includes such extras as a read-along and games.

•”Maya & Miguel – Twice the Fun” and “Funny Fix-Ups” (Lions Gate; each DVD, $16.98; VHS, $12.98; not rated) stars the twins from the PBS series and their bilingual pet parrot, Paco. Featured voices include Lucy Liu, Erik Estrada and Lupe Ontiveros. Both DVDs include Spanish-language audio tracks and a bonus game.

•He’s big, he’s purple and he’s back in “Barney: The Land of Make Believe” (HIT Entertainment; DVD, $16.99; VHS, $12.99; not rated). Filmed on location at the Universal Orlando Resort, the story features Barney and his buddies meeting a storybook princess who comes to life. Trying to help her get home, they run into a mermaid and a magician and have a chance to swim with dolphins. Extras include Barney’s Island Tour, along with games and music.

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