Shout! Factory Offers Audiences Lots More Furry Fun In Its Latest Pound Puppies Collection

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory Kids/Shout! Factory/Discovery Family

Courtesy: Shout! Factory Kids/Shout! Factory/Discovery Family

The Pound Puppies are back!  Everybody’s favorite canines have returned once again with another new DVD in Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair.  It is available now in stores and online.  And just as with every Pound Puppies DVD that has come before this latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes boasts plenty to appreciate beginning with the episodes themselves.  The episodes are lifted largely from the series’ first season.  Although there is one episode that is pulled from Season Two included in this set.  The writing behind each episode is another important element of the featured episodes.  Last but hardly least of note is the work of the series’ voice cast.  This includes the guest stars that make appearances in these episodes.  Each element is in its own right important to the whole of Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair.  Altogether they make the DVD one more welcome installment from the all too short-lived animated series.

Shout! Factory’s latest Pound Puppies DVD is another welcome collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived animated series.  The DVD features five more episodes lifted from the series.  The episodes in question here are lifted largely from the series’ first season.  Though, there is at least one episode–“Once a Ralph, Always A Ralph”–that is lifted from Season Three.  The reason that this is important to note of the collection is that while this DVD is not yet the series’ last (if one is going by the numbers), it does finish off another hunk of episodes from the series’ first season.  Considering the episodes featured here and those presented in the series’ previous DVDs, only six episodes remain to be released from the series’ first season.  And none of those episodes are slated for the next Pound Puppies DVD Show Stopping Pups, which is slated to be released April 12th.  The remaining unreleased Season One episodes are: “Nightmare on Pound Street,” “Rebound,” “Rebel Without A Collar,” “Olaf In Love,” “Lucky Gets Adopted.”  Keeping in mind that those episodes will not be included in the next DVD and that the episodes that are on the way come largely from the series’ third season, that DVD is one of four more that should be on the way.  In other words, the episodes presented in this DVD are not the only ones left for the series’ fans to enjoy.  That is the key element to this DVD.  Yes, it takes another chunk out of the series’ first season.  But it is also still not the last of the series’ Season One episodes on the way nor is it the last overall Pound Puppies DVD on the way.  It’s just one part of what makes this DVD a win for audiences.  The writing–more specifically the stories behind each episode–is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves..

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory’s new Pound Puppies DVD are in themselves an important element of the DVD’s enjoyment.  Even as important as they are to the whole of the DVD, they are not the only element that is to be noted of the DVD’s overall presentation.  The writing that is behind the episodes is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves.  More specifically the stories that serve as the episodes’ foundation are just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves.  That is evident right off the top as Lucky and the Pound Puppies end up having to team up with the Kennel Kittens in order to get a kitten and a puppy adopted by a brother and sister.  Originally the two sides face off against one another.  But of course they end up having to team up when they realize the only hope for either side is to work together and keep the puppy and kitten together in one home.  It’s a tried and true plot–two opposing sides having to work together for a greater cause–but even despite that it still works here just as much in other stories that have used the plot.  “The Really Weird Dog” sees the Pound Puppies having to reunite an alligator named Rover (yes, Rover) with his boy before something bad happens to him.  The ultimate outcome is somewhat predictable.  But it is still a fun little story that teaches audiences an important lesson about accepting others regardless of what they look like on the outside.  Regardless of whether or not that lesson was intentionally incorporated into the episode, it still is an important aspect of the episode.  And in “Kennel Kittens Return” audiences get some action and adventure when Squirt has to go undercover as a cat in order to retrieve a glove that lets the Pound Puppies type just like a human.  The glove is part of the Pound Puppies’ ongoing efforts to help keep their operations secret.  It’s a good change of pace from the Pound Puppies’ usual adventures.  The same can be said of the flashback episode “Call of the Squirreldog.”  That episode tells the story of how Mr. Nut Nut became a member of the Pound Puppies despite being a squirrel.  Even Season Three’s “Once A Ralph, Always A Ralph” offers its own surprises as Ralph returns once again to Shelter 17.  It’s one more story that proves the importance of the writing behind this DVD’s featured episodes.  Together with the other featured episodes, all five episodes present stories that audiences of all ages will enjoy just as much as the episodes presented in the series’ previous DVDs.  That being the case they show even more why the presentation in whole is another welcome installment of episodes from the all too short-lived series.

Both the episodes featured in this new Pound Puppies DVD and the stories crafted for each are equally important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  The episodes take out another chunk of episodes from the series’ first season, and the stories behind each episode offer their own enjoyment as not one is like the other.  They are just part of the DVD’s overall presentation. The work of the show’s voice cast is just as important here as the work of the series’ writers. Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Perception) is spot on once again as the Pound Puppies lead mutt Lucky. Whether providing comfort and motivation to young puppies looking for their people or confidently leading the Pound Puppies in their mission to place every puppy with its proper person, McCormack handles every one of Lucky’s situations with expertise thus making him not only a believable character but one for whom audiences of all ages will again love to cheer. Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Benson, The Little Mermaid) is just as entertaining as McLeish even in his more rare appearances in these episodes. Audiences will love to hate McLeish thanks to Auberjonois’ take on the dog catching dolt as he tries to keep Ralph from being adopted in “Once A Ralph, Always A Ralph.” And in “Kennel Kittens Return” when McLeish falls for Strudel’s (voiced by Allana Ubach – Legally Blonde, See Dad Run, Meet The Fockers) trick and goes out into the pound’s parking lot in his underwear, Auberjonois is just as spot on. On a different note, guest star Jeff Corwin (The Jeff Corwin Experience, Corwin’s Quest, Ocean Mysteries With Jeff Corwin) is just as entertaining in his appearance as alligator hunter Cap Wilder in “The Really Weird Dog.” What’s really interesting about his portrayal of Wilder is that unlike other similar characters presented in other series, Corwin doesn’t allow Wilder to become that megalomaniacal figure that is all too familiar. He is determined to catch Rover. That goes without saying. But he isn’t overwhelmed by his determination. That is what sets him apart from his counterparts in other series. He makes Wilder an entertaining character. But he doesn’t go over the top with him. That is why he is so entertaining. Even in the episode’s final reveal Corwin doesn’t ham it up either. His ability to balance Wilder’s more obsessed side and his softer side without going too far in either direction makes Wilder that much more entertaining to watch. His is just one more portrayal that shows the importance of the voice cast’s work throughout each of this DVD’s episodes. Each of the series’ regular cast members could be noted in their work, too. But that would take some time. So for lack of time and space, it will be noted that whether for one member of the cast or for all involved, the work of the Pound Puppies voice cast rounds out the most important elements of the episodes presented in the series’ new DVD. That work in itself is an important part of the episodes’ whole. Together with the work of the series’ writers and the presentation of the episodes themselves all three elements present Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair as yet another welcome collection from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived series. They show it as a potential candidate for this year’s list of the year’s best new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays.

Shout! Factory’s latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes is yet another welcome installment from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived animated series. That is exhibited primarily through the episodes culled for the collection. They represent another chunk of the series’ first season. At the same time, they are not the last of the episodes that had yet to be pulled from Season One. In the bigger picture the episodes are also not the series’ last that had yet to be presented on DVD. There are still plenty more on the way. There are at least four more collections on the way, one of which will be released this spring. The writing behind the episodes is just as important to the episodes as the episodes themselves. That is evident in each of the episodes’ stories. From a fun little look back in time in “Call of the Squirreldog” to the standard but still fun story in “Catcalls” to the adventure in “Kennel Kittens Return” and inspiring message of “The Really Weird Dog,” the stories change style from one to the next, ensuring audiences’ maintained engagement. Last but hardly least of note is the work of the show’s voice cast. Once again the cast is spot on in its delivery and timing in each episode. Even guest star Jeff Corwin is entertaining in his own right as Cap Wilder. The entertainment offered by the voice cast shows the chemistry between each person even that early on in the show’s run. Each element proves by itself to be an invaluable element in the overall presentation of Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair. Altogether they make this DVD one more welcome collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s all too short-lived series and an early candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factorys online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-a-rare-pair. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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