Hasbro’s new animated take on the Littlest Pet Shop toy franchise is a good series for its intended young female audience. The first DVD from the updated series, “Little Pets, Big Adventures” is proof of that. This take on the toys will most definitely entertain its intended audiences and teach some very important life lessons, too throughout the five episodes contained on its single disc. Add in animation much like that of its fellow updates in Pound Puppies and My Little Pony, and young female audiences get a solid introduction to this updated cartoon.
The very first and most important factor that audiences will appreciate in Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures is its mix of entertainment and heart. The heart in these episodes comes from the life lessons interwoven into each episode. While there are only five episodes (technically there are four since one episode is a two-parter), the lessons written into each one and the manner in which they were written will be appreciated because they aren’t preachy. They are there. But they don’t overpower each episode’s main story. Rather, they are extensions of each episode so to speak. One of the best examples of this is in the set’s final episode, “Penny For Your Laughs.” This episode is one more salvo in the fight against bullying. It also includes a lesson about knowing who one’s real friends are. The anti-bullying lesson is approached when Pepper decides to become a comedian. Her jokes start out funny. But then, they start to get increasingly mean. Eventually they lead to some very hurt feelings. While that is going on, Blythe learns her own lesson when she stands up for the Biscuit twins. They take her on as a BFF. At first she likes it. But then she starts to realize that things aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. In the end, both she and Pepper learn about being sensitive to others. This is an increasingly valuable lesson as bullying is still a major issue in America today. So for including such an episode, and making the culmination of the set, too, the writers behind Littlest Pet Shop are to be commended.
This one episode is just one example of the value of the writing behind Littlest Pet Shop. Audiences will also appreciate the lesson about responsibility in “Bad Hair Day” and the two part introductory episode, “Blythe’s Big Adventure.” This episode is the show’s very first episode. It sets the stage for the adventures to come. There is no lesson in this episode. But it will still entertain its audiences, regardless. Viewers will just have to find out for themselves about these episodes when they pick up this first DVD from the updated series for themselves.
The writing behind Littlest Pet Shop plays its own role in the success of this cartoon for its intended audiences. Those that have the Hub network on their cable carrier will recognize just how similar this cartoon’s animation style is to that of fellow updated cartoons, Pound Puppies and My Little Pony. It bears all the trademarks of those cartoons all the way around. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. As is the case with any children’s cartoon, animation style plays a much larger role than many might think. Its animation style is that new school style that looks blurs the line between CG based cartoons and hand drawn. That line is so blurred that it’s next to impossible to tell which style was used. This is actually a very good thing. Young audiences need to be reminded as much as possible what real animation is. In the same vein, the bright colors used throughout each episode are bright and cheery. As minute a factor as it may seem the use of bright colors is a psychological move. It helps to maintain a positive feeling among its audiences. And when it is tied into the equally upbeat storylines, it becomes one more part of a whole that will make each episode that much more enjoyable for its viewers with each watch. And each episode can be watched anytime because this DVD is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via the Shout! Factory web store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216610. Audiences can keep up with all of the latest news on releases from Shout! Factory online at http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial and http://www.shoutfactory.com.
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