Dog is man’s best friend, it’s often said. Well dogs are also every child’s friends. And after seeing the new compilation DVD from Hasbro Studios and Shout Factory, the dogs of the new Pound Puppies will be a favorite of every child, and maybe even some adults out there, too. In this new single disc compilation, audiences get five episodes from the new series that will leave both parents and kids alike smiling and watching over and over again. In the first of the set’s five episodes, pound manager Leonard and his flunky Olaf have to track down his mother’s dog. Megastar Betty White guests in this episode. The compilation’s second episode is a heartwarming episode both for adults and kids alike as Cookie learns a valuable lesson about being a parent. Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, and Cree Summer all add their guest vocal talents to this episode. And in one more episode, a new pup named Patches joins the gang. He looks up to the Pound Puppies so much that he, Cupcake, and Rebound form their own group called The Super Secret Pup Club. Of course, lots of laughs and mayhem ensue.This five-episode collection opens with the episode, “Bone Voyage.” Betty White (Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) guest stars as the voice of Agatha, the mother of the pound’s manager, Leonard. Agatha has brought her puppy, Rebound, to the pound so that Leonard will look after Rebound while she goes on vacation. While Lucky and the others try to get Rebound to understand that Agatha will be back, Rebound sees Agatha leave and freaks out. She takes off after Agatha, causing not only the Pound Puppies to take chase, but so do Leonard and Olaf. They all end up on board the cruise liner on which Agatha has taken her vacation. Of course, lots of mayhem and laughs ensure. Viewers will have to see for themselves how things unravel. It does, of course, have a happy ending.
In one of the set’s deeper, more emotional episodes, Cookie learns a valuable lesson about being a parent when a young new pup named Cupcake is brought to the pound. This is one that parents will appreciate in their own way. Cookie becomes emotionally attached to Cupcake. So much so that she doesn’t want Cupcake getting adopted. In its own way, this is somewhat representative of parents letting their own children go as they get older. That likely wasn’t the primary intent. But parents will be able to relate to Cookie’s emotional ordeal. They may even be left a little bit teary eyed by the episode’s end. Lauren Tom (Futurama), Maurice Lamarche (Futurama, The Simpsons, Animaniacs, etc.) and Cree Summer (Rugrats, Codename: Kids Next Door, etc.) all add their guest vocals to this episode.
Once parents get over the emotional moments of “Mutternal Instincts”, they’ll find themselves laughing in “The Super Secret Pup Club.” Cree Summer returns again as Cupcake. Rebound is back again. The two team up with another new puppy named Patches. Patches is a young Dalmatian. He really looks up to the Pound Puppies. He tells them of the stories he’s heard of the Pound Puppies, and how he wants to be as great as them. So the trio forms its club and tries to emulate the Pound Puppies. But as is the course with any new puppy, the run off, forcing the others to hunt them down. This causes all sorts of trouble for the Pound Puppies. It also causes lots of laughs for audiences. Audiences will have to see for themselves what happens. Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club will be available in stores and online Tuesday. It can be ordered online at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.
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