Two years ago Disney Junior launched its new CG-based series Kate & Mim Mim. The series, which is produced by the rather well-known animation firm Nerd Corps. In the time since the series launched only four of the series’ episodes had been available domestically in the DVD Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies. That is until earlier this month. Public Media Distribution released Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers early this month. The compilation DVD boasts six episodes from the hit CG-based series. The episodes in question are one of the key elements of the set that is important to note in its presentation. That will be discussed shortly. The stories that are contained within the episodes make up another important element of the disc’s presentation. Last but hardly least of note are the lessons presented within the stories. They round out the DVD’s presentation and bring everything full circle. Together with the stories and the episodes themselves all three elements make this latest collection of episodes from Disney Junior’s family friendly series a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.
Kate & Mim-Mim’s debut DVD compilation Flight of the Flowers is a good start for the series, which generally runs domestically on Disney Junior. How Public media Distribution ended up with the distribution rights to the series is anyone’s guess, considering this. Regardless PMD has, again, done an impressive job with this new collection of episodes from the family friendly CG-based series. This is evident in part through the episodes that have been culled for the collection. All six episodes collected for this compilation were pulled from the series’ first season. In all Season one consisted of fifty-one episodes. That equals roughly twenty five half-hour episodes in whole. For those that might not be familiar with the series this is one of those series whose episodes consist of two fifteen minute episodes each. So while this compilation technically only boasts what would be the equivalent of three half-hour episodes, that presentation is still sixty-five minutes that is certain to keep young viewers fully entertained. Keeping all of this in mind, the episodes that are presented in Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers are still quite important in their own right to the whole of the DVD’s presentation. They are not the disc’s only important elements. The stories that are presented within each of the disc’s episodes are just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.
The episodes that are presented within Kate & Mim-Mim’s new episode compilation are important in their own way to the compilation’s overall presentation. That is because while in the bigger picture they are just a drop in the bucket of Season 1’s roughly twenty-five half-hour episode makeup all three episodes were still lifted from the series’ first season. It would have been easy for the people at Public Media Distribution to pull both of Season 2’s current episodes just to throw a monkey wrench in the works so to speak. But they didn’t do that. They made sure to pull all six episodes from the series’ first season. Now keeping all of that in mind, the stories that are presented within each of the featured episodes are just as important as the episodes themselves. Sometimes the stories entertain. At other times they inform. At even other times they do both. The compilation’s title episode is an example of the episodes’ ability to both entertain and inform. It sees Kate overcoming the difficulty of learning how to ride her bike by going to Mimiloo and helping Mim-Mim learn how to pilot the giant wild flowers. The two situations parallel one another, and in turn remind her and viewers that nothing worth doing is ever easy. “Bunch o’ Boomers” is an example of the series’ ability to entertain within itself. Kate is looking for buttons for Mim-Mim’s sweater. Over in Mimiloo, Boomer makes a mess of things when he accidentally duplicates himself with Tack’s Copy Zapper. This is one of those episodes that is meant more to entertain than inform or even entertain and inform. And entertain it does. On a different note it could be argued that “Babysitting Squoosh” is an example of one of those episodes that informs more than entertains. That can be argued in examining the episode closely. This episode focuses on Kate’s attempt to figure out why no birds are coming to her bird house. The answer comes indirectly in a trip to Mimiloo. That it is able to keep young viewers engaged even being focused more on informing than entertaining shows once again the importance of the stories presented within this new DVD from Kate & Mim-Mim. Any of the set’s other three episodes could be cited just as easily in that argument. Considering this, the stories presented in all six featured episodes show collectively the important role that they play in the bigger picture of this DVD. Even with their importance they are still not all that is important to this compilation. The lessons that are presented within each of the featured stories are just as important to the compilation as the episodes and their stories.
The episodes featured in Kate & Mim-Mim’s debut domestic DVD compilation and their stories are each important elements to note in the bigger picture of this DVD. That has already been noted. While both elements provide their own importance to the DVD’s presentation, they are not the disc’s only notable elements. The lessons that are presented in the featured episodes are just as important as the previously noted elements. That has already been noted in the discussion on the disc’s lead episode. It teaches that some things in life are not easy. But in many cases those things that are not easy are also some of the things that are most worth doing. One can’t just give up if something seems overwhelming. It is a lesson that is presented in quite the easily accessible fashion. “The Need For Seed” teaches a similar lesson. Its lesson is one of patience that is taught as Kate tries to figure out why her plant is growing like that of her mother. And in “Small Wonders” Kate explains in the episode’s end that one doesn’t have to be grown up or even a certain size or height to do big things literally or figuratively. It’s just one more way in which the episodes’ lessons prove themselves another collectively invaluable addition to the compilation. The disc’s other trio of episodes could also be cited to prove the importance of the episodes’ lessons. Regardless of which episode(s) audiences choose, it can be said of all six episodes that their lessons collectively make up one more hugely important element of this DVD. The lessons come together to collectively round out the DVD’s presentation and bring everything full circle. Keeping this in mind, all three noted elements combine in this presentation to make Kate & Mim-Mim’s new DVD a good first impression from this family friendly Disney Junior series and an equally welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.
Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers is a good first collection of episodes from Disney Junior’s family friendly CG-based series. It is just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library. That is thanks in part to the disc’s episodes, all of which were pulled from the series’ first season. The stories that were presented in the disc’s featured episodes are just as important as the episodes themselves. The lessons presented within the stories round out the whole thing. That is because they serve as the starting point for discussions on a variety of topics. Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of this DVD. When they are set against one another, they combine to make this DVD a good new effort from Public Media Distribution especially considering that Kate & Mim-Mim airs on Disney Junior rather than any PBS networks domestically. Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers is available in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=88167676&cp=&sr=1&kw=kate++mim+mim&origkw=Kate+%26amp%3B+Mim+Mim&parentPage=search. More information on Kate & Mim-Mimi is available online now along with a number of activities and more at:
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