PBS, PBS Kids Re-Issuing Compilations From Four Family Favorite Series

PBS Kids is starting off the new year with a bang.

On Tuesday, January 13th, PBS and PBS Kids will release four new DVDs—Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, and Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk. Each of the DVDs listed has been previously released. However, in their upcoming re-issues, each one will come with a bonus puzzle for kids to assemble.

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventure teaches young viewers about the importance of nature and ecological preservation. In this DVD, Caillou learns about the value of nature and the environment as he goes on a hike with his grandfather to Blueberry Point and helps his parents plant a tree in their garden. In features six episodes at a total run time of fifty minutes.

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood was the very first of the DVD releases from what is the first TV series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The DVD features three episodes—“Daniel’s Birthday,” “Daniel’s Picnic,” and “Neighbor Day.” It runs a total of fifty minutes.

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza features eight episodes from the family favorite hit series about a family of dinosaurs and the family’s many adventures. Among the eight episodes included on this disc are “The Egg Stealer?” and “Hatching Party.” In the first of that pair, Buddy and Don have a mystery to solve when they happen on a group of unhatched eggs on their beach. In “Hatching Party,” Buddy, Tiny and Mrs. Pteranodon ride the Dinosaur Train to an egg hatching party. These two episodes along with the disc’s remaining six bring its total run time to 100 minutes.

 

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk sees Wyatt and his friends jump into the worlds of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Princess and the Pea, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. The total run time of the disc is 100 minutes.

More information on these and other titles from PBS Kids is available online at:

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Buddy’s Halloween Adventure Offers Plenty Of Family Friendly Frights And More

 

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/The Jim Henson Company

PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure is yet another wonderful addition to any child’s Halloween party this year.  The DVD, which is just the latest of the series’ compilations to be released this year, offers plenty of enjoyment for viewers of all ages.  The first and most important aspect in the enjoyment of this collection of episodes is the writing behind each of its episodes.  The series’ writers have expertly balanced the series’ educational content with its more entertaining side once again in this collection.  Another reason that families will enjoy this new DVD is its animation.  Because the shorts included in this collection take place in fall settings, the colors seem even more vivid than in previously released Dinosaur Train DVDs.  Last but not least of all worth noting is the inclusion once again of more activities and coloring pages for the whole family to enjoy together as bonus material.  All three factors are impressive in their own right.  Collectively, they make Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure a great addition to any family’s Halloween festivities this year.

The main point of success in Dinosaur TrainBuddy’s Halloween Adventure is its writing.  Once again, the series’ writers have balanced expertly the series’ educational side with its more entertaining side. Included in this collection of episodes are two fall-themed episodes and a pair of Halloween-themed episodes.  The Halloween-themed episodes are totally family friendly.  Parents especially will enjoy seeing the Pteranodon kids go to the *ooohhhh* haunted roundhouse where the Dinosaur Train is kept.  That’s because the party going on in the roundhouse includes lots of activities that are universal and timeless.  There are decorations of course.  There are also little things like having guests reach into a large pot for some creature’s eyes, etc.  Of course it isn’t that, as the conductor assures the kids.  Along the way, the kids meet a new nocturnal friend and learn more about nocturnal creatures.  The kids also learn about nocturnal creatures in the DVD’s opening episode “Night Train.”  Neither episode is too scary for younger audiences. And both episodes offer plenty of interesting educational content, too.  “Fossil Fred” and “Big Pond Pumpkin” are both welcome additions to the DVD, too.  Both episodes are specifically fall-themed episodes in which the kids learn about more kinds of dinosaurs.  All the while, the episodes get young viewers into a fall mindset, getting them excited about the change in the weather and going out to pick pumpkins, etc. That balance of education is just as prevalent in these shorts as in the previous pair mentioned.  And together, all four shorts make for plenty of family friendly viewing as Halloween gets near.  For that matter, all four episodes are just as great a choice for any family’s kid friendly Halloween party.

The writing behind the shorts included on PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train do more than their own share in terms of making the DVD a welcome addition to any family’s Halloween festivities this year.  Not to be ignored in this collection is the “animation” of each episode.  While the animation is the same, what stands out in terms of that animation is the use of color in each short.  Those familiar with Dinosaur Train know that while some of the series’ episodes take place at night, those episodes are far outnumbered by the episodes that take place in the daytime.  So seeing episodes that take place at sunset and even in the dark is something somewhat different than other episodes.  The show’s animators obviously went to great lengths to make the colors match the episodes’ settings.  And that work paid off, too.  Little things like the way the sunlight and moonlight work against the characters and the backdrops make the scenes so rich visually.  Even little things like the pumpkins in “Big Pond Pumpkin” were given their own special detail and coloring. The use of color against the light and dark in “Night Train” is another good example of that work.  It shows that the animators didn’t just toss something together and call it done.  They really wanted to give the shorts a feel that was as realistic as possible in terms of its visual effects.  That goal was accomplished quite well.  It proves in the end to be one more prime reason that viewers of all ages will enjoy this new release from PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company.

The writing in each of the episodes on this DVD offers plenty of enjoyment for viewers of all ages, just as with every previous Dinosaur Train DVD. The animation stands out even more than ever here because the episodes take place largely at night at dusk.  While nighttime episodes of Dinosaur Train aren’t completely unheard of, they are far less prevalent than the regular daytime episodes.  It’s something minor.  But it is important nonetheless to the overall presentation’s enjoyment.  Last but not least of all that makes this DVD another hit for every family is its bonus material.  Included as bonus material on this DVD, is a great lesson from the episode “Dinosaurs A to Z.”  Parents can print out a chart with the names of the dinosaurs introduced on “Dinosaurs A to Z” in this activity and use it in conjunction with a group of index cards also containing the names of said dinosaurs on one side and letters of the alphabet on the other.  It is a dual lesson of sorts that makes the overall viewing experience even more enjoyable for the while family.  There are also printable coloring pages for the kids.  These bonuses collectively serve as one more positive factor to the overall presentation that is Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure.  Together with the episodes’ writing and their animation, audiences of all ages get one more wonderfully enjoyable addition to any family’s Halloween party and DVD collection in general.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure offers plenty of enjoyment for viewers of all ages.  It is a great tool for any parent looking to give kids a safe and fun Halloween memory this year.  The episodes themselves offer plenty of kid friendly frights and fun.  They also offer wonderfully crafted animation that is rarely seen from other episodes of Dinosaur Train.  And the bonuses offer their own entertaining and educational content for kids and parents alike.  Each factor plays its own part in the overall success and enjoyment of this DVD.  Together, they make it even more proof of why Dinosaur Train remains one of PBS Kids’ most beloved series and why any family will welcome this DVD whether on Halloween or any other time of the year.  It is available now on DVD and can be ordered online now direct from the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=42447476&cp=&kw=dinosaur+train+buddys+halloween+adventure&origkw=Dinosaur+Train+Buddy%27s+Halloween+Adventure&sr=1.  Kids and parents can check out even more episodes of Dinosaur Train and play Dinosaur Train games online now at http://pbs.org/dinosaurtrain.  Families can also keep up with the latest Dinosaur Train updates online via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

The Dinosaur Train Will Bring Lots Of Spooky Family Fun This Fall

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/The Jim Henson Company

PBS Kids and The Jim Henson Company will release another brand new DVD from PBS Kids’ family favorite series Dinosaur Train next month.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure will be available on DVD Tuesday, September 2nd.  The brand new DVD features four more family friendly Halloween-themed episodes that are perfect for any child’s Halloween party.  In “Haunted Roundhouse,” the first of the adventures on this disc, the Pteranodon family goes to Troodon Town.  During the family’s trip, the Dinosaur Train makes a stop at its roundhouse, which has been decked out in Halloween decorations by the Troodons.  While there, the Pteranodon kids meet Vlad Volaticotherium.

“Big Bond Pumpkin Patch” is the second of the shorts included on the disc.  The Pteranodon kids discover their first pumpkins in this episode while learning about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family at the annual “Gourd Day,” a prehistoric Halloween of soirts.  The whole family learns how to hollow out and carve pumpkins along the way.

“Night Train” is the third of the shorts included on PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD.  Buddy and Tiny go for a nighttime ride on the Dinosaur Train along with Mr. Pteranodon in this short.  They learn about all sorts of nocturnal animals during their ride.  T all ends with a walk under the full moon at the Big Pond.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure is rounded out with the short “Fossil Fred.”  Buddy, Tiny, and Don are searching for fossils around the Big Pond in this episode.  The result is the discovery of the complete skeleton of a dinosaur from the Jurassic era.

Dinosaur Train: Buddy’s Halloween Adventure will be available Tuesday, September 2nd on DVD.  It will retail for SRP of $7.99.  It can be ordered via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=42447476&cp=&kw=buddys+halloween+adventure&origkw=Buddy%27s+Halloween+Adventure&sr=1.  Parents and children can get more information on Dinosaur Train, as well as games, activities and more episodes online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Dinosaur Train Re-Issue More Prehistoric Fun For Every Family

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PBS Kids released the latest Dinosaur Train compilation earlier this month.  The new compilation is the most impressive new release from the series to date.  The primary reason for that is that it takes two previously released compilations and combines them into one complete double-disc set.  The combined compilations give audiences a total of seventeen shorts.  That equals out to a run time of roughly three and a half hours.  There is a lot to be said of all of this.  As if the massive compilation of episodes isn’t enough for audiences, the bonus printouts, interactive game, and info for kids and parents make the set all the more enjoyable.  The bonus material in question, alongside the dual disc set presented here, make this latest compilation one more must have for any family.

Dinosaur Big City and Dinosaurs A to Z have both been previously released in their own single disc presentation by PBS Kids. This newly compressed double-disc set is just as good for those that already own both DVDs as it is for those that have perhaps purchased only one or even neither. Having compressed both discs into a single case saves a certain amount of space on any DVD rack. Given, that amount of space is not much. But it’s still worth it in the grand scheme of space availability. The first of the discs is placed on its own plastic insert. This keeps it separate from the set’s second disc. The end result is that it keeps both DVDs from scratching one another, thus increasing the life of both discs. Kudos are in order once again thanks to all of this.

The space saving packaging used in PBS Kids’ new double-disc Dinosaur Train DVD set is one of its most important factors to consider when ordering this new release. Just as important to consider is that none of the seventeen total shorts that comprised the originally released DVDs have been omitted here. They have all been included for viewers once again. They equal out to a grand total of roughly three and a half hours of programming. This is especially valuable now that school is out for summer. It’s one more way for parents to both entertain and educate children during their summer vacation. What’s more, it’s a great excuse for parents to spend time with their kids, without their kids objecting to their parents spending time with them. This is especially important in an age in which kids are far less inclined than ever to want to spend time with their parents. Once again, those behind the show and those at PBS Kids are quite deserving of applause taking this into consideration with this set.

The packaging and complete carry-over of material from both Dinosaur Big City and Dinosaurs A to Z for this new double-disc set are equally important factors in the overall enjoyment of the set. One more factor to consider in examining the set is the inclusion of the original bonus material also included in both sets. Kids can play the dinosaur size comparison games included on both previously released DVDs. Also included once again are the bonus coloring sheets. Parents and children have some eleven different coloring sheets that can be printed out and colored. And of course, Dr. Scott’s companion shorts are there, too for each episode along with character introductions for parents and children that might be new to the world of Dinosaur Train. That along with the space saving packaging and inclusion of all of the shorts from both DVDs’ original releases completes this latest compilation. It makes the set all the more worth adding to any family’s home library.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A to Z is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct through PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129386&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train&origkw=Dinosaur+Train&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. Families can also go online to http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain to play more Dinosaur Train games and keep up with the latest news from the show. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Info For Upcoming Dinosaur Train DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids will release the latest DVD from its family favorite series Dinosaur Train next month.

Officials with PBS Kids have announced that Dinosaur Train: Adventure Camp will be released June 10th alongside new DVDs from Wild Kratts and WordGirl. The last of the trio of new DVDs from PBS Kids, the DVD will feature four more shorts taken from the series. Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy go on adventures that will teach them about erosion, tree lines, rainforests, and canyons in this DVD’s episodes. It all starts off with “Adventure Camp: Rafting.” The Pteranodon kids learn about erosion as they travel down the river in their first river rafting trip. Viewers will learn through this episode how streams and rivers work together and how different plants and animals depend on them.

After going on their first river rafting Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy go on a mountain hike. During their hike, the kids learn about tree lines. They notice that as they get higher on the mountain, the trees get shorter and shorter. They learn that the lack of air at higher altitudes and lower temperatures causes the trees to be shorter near the top of the mountain. Younger viewers will learn these same lessons in watching this episode.

Having already gone on a river rafting trip and climbing a mountain, the next step for the Pteranodon kids is a trip down a zipline through a rainforest in “Adventure Camping: Ziplining.” Young viewers will learn along with the Pteranodon kids about the different levels of a rainforest’s ecosystem, from the forest floor to its canopy. Along with this, young viewers will learn about the various plants and animals that live in rain forests, as well as the surprising amount of rain that falls in rain forests each year. They will also learn about the importance of rain forests to the entire world because of the amount of oxygen that they provide for the world.

There is one more adventure for the Pteranodon kids after having hiked through a rainforest, up a mountain and having gone on a river rafting trip. That one adventure is a hike through a canyon. In “Adventure Camp: Canyon Hiking,” Mr. Conductor and his nephew Gilbert lead the Pteranodon kids on a hike down a canyon. As they make their way down the canyon, the kids see the different layers of the Mesozoic Era. Before they can even get their hike down the canyon started though, it’s up to Don to convince Lily Lambeosaurus that the new adventure isn’t as hard as she thinks. Having convinced her, Lily comes along and each member of the group comes back with its own Ammonite fossil. Young viewers will learn through this short how erosion helps canyons as rivers flow through them.

Dinosaur Train: Adventure Camp will be available Tuesday, June 10th at SRP of $7.99. Along with the episodes included on the DVD, there will also be an interactive game titled “River Run” in which Buddy and Don have to collect bugs for Don’s collection. Players will learn about river currents and insects as they make their way down the river, collecting bugs for Don’s collection. The DVD can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Train-Adventure-Camp/dp/B00H540LD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400377558&sr=1-1&keywords=dinosaur+train+adventure+camp. More information on Dinosaur Train is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. Parents, teachers, and children can also go online to http://www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain to see more episodes of Dinosaur Train and play Dinosaur Train games. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS Releasing Special New Dinosaur Train Double Feature Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Kids announced today that it will release a special new Dinosaur Train double feature DVD next month.

Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A Z will be released on DVD May 13th. The first feature in the upcoming double feature, Dinosaur Big City sees the Pteranodon and all of their friends take the Dinosaur Train to Laramida, the Dinosaur Big City, for the Therapod Convention. Once there, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don have to help King Cryolophosaurus get over his stage fright because he has to perform in front of his biggest audience ever. The kids also meet an old friend in Annie Tyrannosaurus.  She and her parents, Deloris and Boris, just happen to be visiting Laramida, too. This adventure is just one of the four included in Dinosaur Big City. Also included on this DVD are four more adventures—“Troodon train Day”, “King Cryolophosaurus”, “The Therapod Club”, and “Laura The Gigantosaurus.”

The second DVD included in the upcoming double feature, Dinosaurs A Z, the Pteranodon family takes the Dinosaur Train to Troodon town. Along the way, Buddy, Tiny, and Mrs. Pteranodon are joined by dinosaurs whose names begin with every letter of the alphabet from A – Z. The episode is split into four separate segments. There are also five more episodes included on the DVD for the whole family. Those episodes are: “The Call of the Wild Corythosaurus”, “Fast Friends”, “One Small Dinosaur”, “Have You Heard About The Herd?” and “Solstice Time.”

Dinosaur Big City/Dinosaurs A Z retails for SRP of $14.99. it can be pre-ordered via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129386&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+big+city&origkw=Dinosaur+Big+City&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain and http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Kids And Parents Will Both Love The Latest Dinosaur Train DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

All aboard!  The Dinosaur Train is ready to roll again!  The latest compilation from PBS Kids’ hit series Dinosaur Train is a good fit for young audiences and teachers as Valentine’s Day nears once again.  Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs boasts four more episodes from the hit series.  Four episodes may not be much to some.  But the collective content of the included episodes is the primary factor in the overall enjoyment of this set.  Just as noteworthy as the episodes’ content is the collective bonus features included in the set.  Both of these factors work together to make Dinosaur Train’s latest DVD compilation a grouping of episodes that will have audiences of all ages saying they love dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs contains four more episodes from PBS’ hit series.  On the surface, four episodes doesn’t seem like that much.  But the collective content of each of the four episodes makes this latest DVD well worth ordering.  Love is in the air in this compilation.  Shiny has a crush on Mr. Conductor’s nephew, Gilbert in “Gilbert Visits The Nest.”  A Cryolophosaurus  named Crystal catches the eye of King Cryolophosaurus in “King Meets Crystal.”  And even Mr. Conductor has his own romantic interest in “Erma and the Conductor.”  With so much romance even in the dinosaur age, it makes this compilation a great fit for Valentine’s Day both in the classroom and the living room.  The romance factor of the included episodes is just one part of what makes Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs a fun addition to any classroom or home library.  The overall content of the episodes culled for the set is really what makes them enjoyable.

The overall content of each of the four episodes culled for this latest Dinosaur Train DVD is the…ahem…heart of what makes the presentation in whole so enjoyable.  One of the most interesting things to note of the episodes contained on the disc is that not every episode sees the Pteranadon family take the Dinosaur Train.  “Gilbert Visits The Nest” and “Don’s Collection” prove that the show’s writers can make a good episode without having to pull the characters into different time periods.  What’s more, the lessons taught in these two episodes make them all the richer.  “Don’s Collection” teaches young viewers that sometimes, the simple things can be just as entertaining as anything else.  That’s a lesson that can be applied in so many facets in life.  “Gilbert Visits The Nest” teaches viewers that one doesn’t have to go to extremes to impress others.  This doesn’t have to apply in a romantic setting, either.  It can apply in a setting as simple as making friends.  Even adults could learn a thing or two from this episode.  Speaking of learning things, kids get a mini-lesson of sorts on astronomy in “Erma and The Conductor.”  The Pteranodon family takes the Dinosaur Train to see a meteor shower.  Younger audiences learn what meteors are and what meteor showers are at that.  So along with the romance factor, the education factor is there, too.  If the episodes themselves aren’t enough for viewers, the bonus features included in the DVD will convince viewers.

The episodes included in Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs are by themselves a bonus for viewers.  That’s thanks to the mix of educational and entertaining content.  The episodes aren’t all that audiences get with this new set from PBS and PBS Kids.  The bonus features included with this DVD maintain the bar set by previous Dinosaur Train DVDs.  Dr. Scott The Paleontologist’s segments are included once again as are more coloring pages, an interactive DVD-Rom game and more.  The bonus features bring everything full circle and make this DVD complete.  Having gone through both the episodes and bonus features, every viewer will agree that they, too love dinosaurs.  Dinosaur Train: I Love Dinosaurs is available now on DVD.  It can be ordered online via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=29393236&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train+i+love+dinosaurs&origkw=Dinosaur+Train+I+Love+Dinosaurs&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available online at http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain.  More episodes and games are also available online at http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.