If you’re looking for some new children’s DVDs to entertain your kids this summer on long car or plane trips, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Space Dogs! Subtitled "An Adventure That’s Out of This World," it’s an animated, fictionalized version of the true story of Belka and Strelka, the first dogs to go to space. Sent by the Soviet Union in 1960, this movie shows the dogs’ early years as a circus performer and a stray who are “recruited” by the Russian space agency to go to space.
My children’s favorite part of the movie was the “training” that the dogs went through before their selection. It was sort of a doggy “boot camp” that they shared with other dogs who were competing for a spot (unbeknownst to them) on the spaceship. They were also accompanied by mice! Watching Space Dogs is a fun way to introduce kids to the concept of space travel and to encourage them to look up the true story of the dogs’ journey into space more than 50 years ago.
The Space Dogs DVD also includes a downloadable activity kit. Adults may recognize the voices of Jane Seymour, Jason Alexander, and Tim Curry! Check out the video below for a sneak peek at Space Dogs!
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