PBS Kids released the latest compilation DVD from its family favorite series Arthur May 13th. The DVD in question, Arthur Makes A Movie, is another wonderful collection of episodes for the whole family. It boasts four more shorts taken from the long-running PBS Kids series that viewers of any age will love to watch again and again. The four total shorts included on this disc are only a collective part of what makes this DVD well worth adding to any family’s home DVD library. The stories written for each of the episodes make for another reason that families will enjoy this latest compilation. And the bonus coloring pages round out the whole package, making it all the more worth adding to any family’s home DVD library.
Arthur Makes A Movie boasts four more fun-filled episodes from the long-running series. At roughly fifteen minutes or so each, that brings the total run time of the DVD to around an hour. That’s an hour of good, whole some programming. There’s so much material out there on the likes of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and the Disney networks that is aimed specifically at one key audience and separates families as a result. So it’s nice to have these episodes available on DVD for those families with younger children to enjoy together. It’s especially good for those families that aren’t perhaps able to catch Arthur when it airs on their specific PBS or PBS Kids affiliate. It allows said families to watch this latest group of episodes at their convenience. And together with PBS Kids’ previously released Arthur DVDs this one makes for even more family friendly entertainment whether waiting for the school bus, relaxing after school or on the weekends. It’s just the start of what makes this DVD well worth adding to a family’s home DVD library.
The episodes included in Arthur’s new DVD are themselves a positive simply in that they give viewers of all ages the chance to watch four more episodes of the family favorite animated series any time they want. The stories written for each of the four episodes make the DVD even more valuable. A prime example of why they do so lies in the episode titled, “Agent of Change.” In this episode, the series’ writers tackle gender inequality in the movie industry. Not too many years ago, this topic was broached when writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow brought audiences the modern war drama The Hurt Locker. The movie went on to garner its share of awards, beating out movies written and helmed by some of Hollywood’s biggest male names. The manner in which Arthur’s writers tackled the subject makes it easily accessible and understandable for young viewers without being preachy. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, the DVD’s title episode shows that one doesn’t need to be grown up and have a mega-million dollar budget to make a movie. Viewers learn that even in making their own movie, the same creative differences that arise in big budget pictures can and do come up in independently made works. The commentary is there. But it’s more a life lesson through commentary than straight commentary.
Both “Agent of Change” and “Arthur Makes A Movie” are great examples of how the writing behind the episodes on this disc make it all the more worth purchasing. “D.W. Unties The Knot” and “Go To Your Room, D.W.” are less in line with the general theme of this DVD. But that isn’t to say that their writing is any less than those of the disc’s main two episodes. As a matter of fact, audiences will laugh and even be moved watching D.W.’s innocence as she tries to set up a wedding, thinking it’s something that everybody does due to seeing a wedding on television. Odds are there are plenty of parents out there that can relate to this situation at least in part. Just as many parents will be able to relate to having to send their child to his or her room in watching “Go To Your Room, D.W.” Whose child out there hasn’t reacted in a fashion similar to that of D.W.? Again, more proof of how the writing behind these episodes makes this DVD all the more enjoyable for viewers.
The episodes and the writing behind them are of equal importance to the overall success of Arthur Makes A Movie. There is one more factor in examining this DVD that parents and children alike will appreciate. That final factor is the collective bonus material included on the disc. Families are offered lots of activities through this DVD. One of the bonus features, “Definition of Cool,” helps build self confidence in children as well as friendships between them. And then there’s the fun matching game, “Crazy Bus” in which children have to build matches in sets of cards in order to fill their bus. The first person to fill their bus yells Bus-a-looey and wins! There’s also a dance activity that will get children up and moving called “Groove It.” The activity comes complete with printable cards that teach different dance moves that can be mixed together to make original dance moves. And for those that are real fans of Arthur, there are printable trading cards featuring children’s favorite Arthur characters and a little bit of information about each one. These bonus activities and printouts perfectly round out Arthur’s latest DVD compilation. They are the proverbial cherry on top of this video sundae of sorts. Together with the episodes themselves and the stories written for each episode, it all comes together to make Arthur Makes A Movie one more wonderful addition to any family’s home DVD library.
Arthur Makes A Movie is available now on DVD. It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=34129306&cp=&sr=1&kw=arthur+makes+a+movie&origkw=Arthur+Makes+A+Movie&parentPage=search. More information on Arthur is available online at http://www.facebook.com/PBSArthur and http://www.pbskids.org/arthur. Parents and kids can also check out more episodes of Arthur, play games and get more ideas for activities online at http://www.pbskids.org/arthur. 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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.