Review of Toyland on DVD

We are big documentary fans, so when we were approached with the opportunity to review Toyland on DVD, I was intrigued. I sat my four older kids down to watch the film as an informal homeschool lesson, thinking it would teach them about inventing, the toy market, and where their classic favorite toys came from.

It did all three.

Here is the trailer for the movie, which really highlights some of the best parts of the film.

My eight-year-old son is constantly inventing things at our house. I thought that this film would give him some insight into just how difficult it is to make a "hit" toy.  Watching the inventor struggle through an interview with a Hasbro executive showed us just how cutthroat the business is, and how long the process from idea to market can be.

The best parts of the film, however, came from the small interviews with the inventors of some of America's most treasured classic toys. Slinky, Twister, Play-Doh -- they are all in there.  The inventors are of quite an old age now, but their stories are still relevant and perfect lessons for instilling a capitalistic desire into our children.

As someone who wants to teach my children to try their best, never give up, and use their gifts and talents to create and build, this film was a priceless addition to our media library. Younger children may have a hard time sitting through the film, which is over 70% talking and interviews. Kids age 8 and up however can truly appreciate the work put into the film.

You can find more about movie, which has earned some nice independent film honors at the official website.

* Screener was received for review. Opinions are 100% my own.