Caillou’s Latest Collection Will Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

Courtesy:  PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Caillou is officially on DVD again.  PBS Distribution and PBS Kids released the latest collection of Caillou’s episodes last week.  The DVD features thirteen more episodes from the Canadian import.  And in looking at those episodes in whole the episodes are just part of the collection’s presentation.  The writing within the featured episodes are just as important to note in this collection as the episodes themselves.  Last but not least of note is the work of the series’ voice cast.  More specifically, the work of the actors behind Caillou’s parents is especially of note.  Each element is important to the DVD’s presentation.  Altogether, all three elements make this DVD another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Caillou episodes is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  This is thanks at least in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  It might not seem all that important.  But a closer examination and comparison to many other children’s compilation DVDs reveals that it is in fact quite important to the DVD’s presentation.  Older audiences with children will agree that there is any number of children’s DVDs out there whose titles hardly match their titles.  The compilations in question may bear a specific title.  But of its given episodes (regardless of how many) perhaps one or two might match up with the theme presented in the compilation’s title.  Viewers of all ages will be happy to know that in the case of this DVD, that is not the case.  All thirteen of the compilation’s featured episodes match up precisely and near precisely with the set’s title.  Each one is in fact centered on animals and how Caillou and his friends handle different animal situations.  There is no deviation from those central themes unlike so many other random children’s compilation DVDs out there.  Considering how rare this is (at least for children’s DVDs). it shows why the DVD’s featured episodes are in fact far more important to the set than audiences might think.  The episodes themselves are collectively just one of the DVD’s most important elements.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Caillou DVD are important to the collection in their own right.  Unlike so many children’s DVDs before its thirteen total episodes actually remain largely in line with the theme presented in the DVD’s title.  This bears its own importance in the DVD’s overall presentation.  But it is not the DVD’s only important element.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  What audiences get in terms of the episodes’ writing are very real situations to which children and adults alike will be able to relate in terms of children’s interactions with animals.  “Caillou is Scared of Dogs” is a prime example of that.  This episode presents Caillou in one of his early meetings with a dog.  Many children, in their first interactions with given animals, can be very cautious and even scared of said animals.  This is commonly the case with dogs for some odd reason.  The situation was presented very much as it would indeed happen in the real world.  This includes how the situation was handled, too.  “Follow That Sound” is another good example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  This episode does center on an animal (which won’t be revealed here).  But in the bigger picture of the episode, it presents a situation in which Caillou has to use problem solving so to speak.  That is because he is searching for a mystery sound in his house.  He has to follow the sound throughout his house until he finally discovers the source of the sound.  So what audiences get here is a story not only centered on an animal but an episode that is also educational and helps promote children’s personal growth.  There is even a story that teaches an important lesson about responsibility in “Leo’s Hamster.”  The lesson here is taught as Caillou takes care of his friend Leo’s hamster “Buddy” over the weekend.   After accidentally letting Buddy loose in his house Caillou has to get his parents to help him catch Buddy and get him back in his habitat.  Caillou’s parents remind him that it is his responsibility to look after Buddy and keep him safe.  Once again this is a very real scenario that plays out every day across the country.  And the manner in which the whole situation unfolded is just as realistic.  It shows even more why the writing behind this episode is so crucial to the DVD’s overall presentation.  It is hardly the only remaining example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  “Caillou Goes Birdwatching” sees Caillou going to the park with his grandmother to feed birds.  He learns about patience and even about respecting animals in this episode.  This is another important part of every child’s personal development.  Once more it is presented in a wholly realistic fashion, making it all the more believable and in turn engaging.  As if that isn’t enough for audiences, “Caillou Walks A Dog” teaches young audiences an important lesson about appreciating what they have rather than just being reactionary.  The lesson is taught as Caillou is walking a dog that belongs to Grandma’s friend.  He enjoys walking the dog so much that later he bugs his own parents about getting a dog.  But they remind him that he already has his cat Gilbert.  Parents will be able to relate to this situation all too well.  IT doesn’t have to necessarily be a pet in the situation.  It can be a child begging for a toy at the store even though he or she might already have loads of toys that he or she probably barely even plays with.  Children need to learn that they can’t always have everything that they want.  They need to learn that lesson about appreciating the things that they already have before just replacing them with more stuff.  It’s just one more example of how the writing proves so crucial to the overall presentation of Caillou’s new episode compilation.  Even with these episodes noted there are still plenty of other episodes that could be cited in proving the importance of the show’s writing here.  All things considered, the writing proves, regardless of the episode, to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  Even with its undeniable importance, it still is not the last remaining element that should be noted in examining this latest collection of episodes from Caillou.  The work of the show’s voice cast is just as worth noting.

The episodes that make up the body of Caillou’s Pet Parade and their writing are both key elements in the DVD’s presentation.  From start to finish each of the DVD’s thirteen total episodes never stray from the theme presented in the DVD’s title.  The writing is just as important because it presents real life scenarios.  What’s more, it does so in a fashion that makes it accessible to audiences of all ages.  While both elements are important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, they are not the collection’s only notable elements.  The work of the show’s voice cast is just as important to note.  More specifically, the work of those behind Caillou and his parents is important to note.  Pat Fry and Jennifer Seguin voice the roles of Caillou’s parents while Annie Bovaird fills the role of the precocious preschooler after whom the series is named.  Fry and Seguin are impressive throughout each episode as they take a gentle approach with Bovaird’s Caillou every time.  It doesn’t even matter if Caillou has gotten himself in a really tight spot or done something really bad.  His parents are still completely calm with him.  It might not seem important on the surface.  But in this day and age it is an approach that so many parents should learn to take with their children rather than certain other methods.  In the same vein, Bovaird is just as engaging as Caillou.  There is a little bit of over the top here and there.  But in large part she presents Caillou in a fashion that most adult audiences will agree is pretty spot on.  Maybe that’s why so many parents can’t stand Caillou; Bovaird’s portrayal is just that precise.  Regardless, it can be said that between the three of them, their work in bringing to life Caillou and his parents will keep viewers just as engaged as the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves.  Keeping all of this in mind, each element proves to be important in its own right, again, to the overall presentation of Caillou’s Pet Parade.  Collectively, they show the collection to be another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is especially the case for those families whose children are fans of the series.

Caillou’s Pet Parade is yet another good addition to any family’s home DVD library.  This is especially the case for families whose children are fans of the series.  It proves to be such a welcome addition to families’ libraries in part due to its episodes.  The episodes stay in line with the theme of the collection’s title.  The stories contained within the episodes are just as certain to keep audiences engaged because of the fact that they are so real in their situations.  The work of the series’ core voice cast is just as important.  That is because it shows how parents should at least strive to handle their children.  In the same vein, Annie Bovaird’s portrayal of Caillou is just as precise as that of her cast mates.  Each element proves to be important in its own right to this latest collection of Caillou episodes.  Altogether they show clearly why it is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library; especially families whose children are fans of the series.  It is available now exclusively on DVD and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Caillou compilation DVDs is available online now along with more information on the series, games, activities, and more at:

 

Website: http://PBSKIDS.org/caillou

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaillouOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cailloudhx

 

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PBS Investigates One Of America’s Greatest Mysteries In New Episode Of ‘Secrets Of The Dead’

Secrets of the Dead - The Alccatraz Escape Box ArtNext month, PBS and PBS Distribution will release another episode of its history-based series Secrets of the Dead to DVD.

Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be released Tuesday, June 7th on DVD.  Ironically, its release will come almost fifty-four years to the day that Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin broke out of Alcatraz Prison.  That was June 11th, 1962.  The men broke out of what was supposed to be an inescapable fortress of a prison and then floated away on a raft made of raincoats that they had personally assembled during their incarceration.  In the five-plus decades that have passed since the men escaped, one thing has remained a mystery—the fates of the men.  Now in this new episode of Secrets of the Dead a trio f Dutch scientists has assembled to try and solve once and for all the lingering mystery.

The story of the men’s escape is told via interviews with just some of those close to the cold case and others.  Among those close to the case featured in the program are: Jolene Babyak, US Marshal Michael Dyke, and Patrick Mahoney.  Babyak is the daughter of one of Alcatraz’s associate wardens, thus leading her to spend much of her youth at the prison.  She was present at Alcatraz the night of the men’s escape.  Dyke is the Marshal currently in charge of the still-open cold case.  Mahoney was a guard at Alcatraz from 1956 – 1963.

The scientists tapped to try and solve the mystery of the escapees—Olivier Hoes, Rolf Hut, and Fedor Baart—use maps, charts, 3D computer modeling, and even a makeshift mockup of the raft crafted by the inmates to determine if they could have survived the cold waters of the San Francisco Bay after their initial jailbreak.

Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape will be available Tuesday, June 7th.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://pbs.org/secrets

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SecretsofTheDead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SecretsPBS

 

 

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ESPN, Vice Media Reach New Broadcast Agreement

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

Only months after its launch, Vice Media is branching out again.

The fledgling network, which is part of the A&E Networks family, launched this past November.  And now roughly six months after its launch, has reached a new broadcast deal with ESPN.  The deal will allow Vice Sports to broadcast select ESPN programs and will also see it produce special content for ESPN across its many platforms.  Vice Media Co-Founder and CEO Shane Smith discussed the partnership with the media noting the impact of ESPN’s programming on himself in his youth and the importance of that impact on establishing Vice Media’s deal with ESPN.  “Growing up watching ESPN I came to love the brand and their content. Maybe a little too much. The amount of manly tears shed over various 30 for 30’s throughout the years has been nothing short of embarrassing,” he said.  “To be teaming up with ESPN, creating brand new sports shows for them, and then showing 30 for 30’s on VICELAND is perhaps one of the favorite moments in my professional life. I can now die a happy man. No, wait, we have to take over the world first! Here it comes baby, VICE WORLD OF SPORTS!!”

John Skipper, ESPN President and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, responded to Smith’s comments saying, “Evoking manly tears from Shane Smith is no small task, and I take immense pride in that.  He went on to note the professionalism of both Smith and everyone at Vive Media in relation to the deal.  “Shane and the team at VICE do an extraordinary job presenting stories through their own, very unique lens – and working with them will help to bring a new perspective to our storytelling,” he said.  I am confident that the content borne out of this collaboration will be a win for fans of ESPN, VICE and storytelling in general. And I applaud Shane for understanding that television is the smartest path to worldwide leadership.”

The specifics of the brand new agreement between Vice Media and ESPN include:

 

  • The re-broadcast of ESPN’s 30 for 30 episodes

 

  • Digital cutdowns of Viceland’s original program Vice World of Sports on ESPN after their first run on Viceland.  Full episodes of Vice World of Sports will air on ESPN’s family of networks.

 

  • Re-broadcast of Vice Media’s The Clubhouse on ESPN’s linear and digital channels, including WatchESPN.

 

  • Creation of new content by VICE Sports and ESPN Films across both properties including a new short-form animated series.

 

 

More information on this deal is available online at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

 

Additional information on the new agreement is also available online at:

 

 

Website: http://www.vice.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VICE

Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice

 

 

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Cubs, Pirates Face Off In Key NL Central Matchup Tonight On MNB

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Courtesy: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 against the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, winning 4 – 1 and 5 – 1 Friday and Saturday respectively.  But the Reds got a bit of revenge Sunday night, taking the last of the teams’ 3-game series 6 – 5 in extra innings.  Now after that tough loss the Pirates look to regroup as they are set to face yet another NL Central foe this week in the form of the Chicago Cubs.  The teams face off this week in a 3-game series that begins tonight.  And ESPN will have full coverage of the series’ opener in this week’s edition of Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.

Tonight’s game (and the series in whole) will have major implications for both teams even this early in the season.  That is because there’s more than just NL pride on the line.  The team’s cross city rivals, the White Sox, currently sit at 18 – 8 on the season so far.  The Cubs on the other hand are 17 – 6 so far on the season.  In the NL ranks, the Cubs are currently trying to hold off the second place Washington Nationals (17 – 7).  A win tonight (and wins Tuesday and Wednesday) would help the Cubs pad their lead over the Nats.  It would also help the Cubs in their rivalry with the White Sox.  On the other side of the ball, a win in tonight’s series opener (combined with wins Tuesday and Wednesday) would help the Pirates as they battle with the Phillies and the Cubs for position.

Gerrit Cole is currently expected to start for the Pirates tonight.  He is 2- 2 so far on the season.  His last time on the mound was six days ago on April 26th against Colorado.  The Pirates routed the Rockies in that game 9 – 4 with Cole pitching six innings.  Cole didn’t have the greatest game, allowing 4 runs and 2 earned runs on 8 hits, and 1 home run.  He walked 2 and struck out 3.  This was all against 27 total batters.  Thanks to good fielding on Pittsburgh’s side and just as many problems for Colorado’s bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull off the win.

Starting for the Cubs tonight will be Jason Hammel.  Hammel is currently 3 – 0 on the season.  He has had plenty of time to rest and prepare for tonight’s game.  That’s because his last time on the mound was seven days ago against the Reds.  The Cubs blanked the Reds in that game 9 – 0.  Hammel was credited with the win having pitched 6 innings.  He was in top form in the game, too, allowing 0 runs on only 3 hits.  He walked only 2 of the 23 batters that he faced and struck out 7 while allowing 0 home runs and 0 earned runs.  Red pitcher Alfredo Simon meanwhile struggled mightily in the game, pitching only 2.2 innings before being pulled.  In that short time, he allowed 8 runs, 8 earned runs, and 2 home runs on 10 hits.  He walked only 1 of the 18 batters that he faced and struck out only 3.  So needless to say that Hammel will be on his A-game tonight.

Adding to the interest for tonight’s game (and this week’s series) is that while Pittsburgh and Chicago are evenly matched in their home records—Pittsburgh is 7 – 4 at home so far this season to Chicago’s 7 – 3—the visiting Cubs are 10 – 3 on the road so far to Pittsburgh’s 8 – 6 road record.  Chicago is 7 – 3 in its last 10 games while Pittsburgh is 8 – 2 in its last 10.  So when all of the numbers are added up, they show tonight’s game to be full of fireworks for both sides.  The same can be said of Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, too.

Dave Flemming will be in the booth for tonight’s game.  He will be joined by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  ESPN Deportes will simulcast the game for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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ESPN Networks Kick Off 206 NFL Draft Coverage Thursday Night On ESPN

 Chicago, IL - April 30, 2015 - Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)


Chicago, IL – April 30, 2015 – Auditorium Theatre: Mel Kiper Jr., Jon Gruden, Louis Riddick and Chris Berman on the set during the 2015 NFL Draft Presented by Bose (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

The countdown to the 2016 – 2017 NFL season officially begins this week.  It all begins Thursday with the annual NFL draft.  And ESPN will have full coverage of this year’s draft.

ESPN launches its coverage of the 2016 NFL draft Thursday night at 8pm ET live from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.  ESPN will carry Round one with limited commercial interruption for the fifth consecutive year when it begins Thursday night.  It will be simulcast live on ESPN Radio nationwide.  Before the network’s coverage begins, it will air a special pre-draft SportsCenter broadcast at 7pm ET that looks forward not only to the first round of the draft but all seven rounds.  Speaking of those other rounds, ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 live Friday evening beginning at 7pm ET from the Auditorium Theatre live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNRadio.  Rounds 4 – 7 will be covered live Saturday beginning at noon eastern.  ESPN will carry coverage of Rounds 4 – 7 live from Chicago’s Grant Park.

Chris Berman will anchor ESPN’s broadcast of the draft’s first round Thursday evening.  He will be joined at the desk by veteran NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, and NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick.  Fellow NFL Insider Adam Schefter will be on hand along with NFL host Suzy Kolber, and a team of NFL reporters from team sites with all of the latest news throughout the first round.

Trey Wingo will anchor ESPN’s coverage of Rounds 2 – 7 over the weekend.  He will be joined by Mel Kiper, Jr., NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, NFL Insider Adam Schefter, and NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay.  The full broadcast schedule for this weekend’s NFL draft coverage across the ESPN networks is listed below.

 

ESPN NFL Draft Programming Originating from Chicago (April 28-30):

Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Thu, Apr 28 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-7 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
7-8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown ESPN
8-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Round 1) ESPN,
ESPN Radio
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
Fri, Apr 29 6-10 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN Radio, ESPN2
10-11 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-12 p.m. First Take ESPN2
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL Insiders ESPN
2:30-3:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
7-11:30 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3) ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Radio
Sat, Apr 30 12-8 p.m. NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7) ESPN

 

Along with its domestic coverage of the NFL Draft, ESPN International will carry coverage of the NFL Draft to more than 72 million households in 59 countries and territories throughout Latin America’s Spanish-speaking regions, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.  Canada will have coverage of the NFL Draft via TSN.  Audiences in Mexico and Central America can get full coverage of the draft via ESPN’s ESPNPlay broadband platform.  Audiences in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil will be able to catch coverage of the NFL Draft online via WatchESPN while audiences in the rest of South America will get live coverage of Round 1 live online via ESPNPlay.

The ESPN networks’ primary draft coverage is just the tip of the iceberg for this year’s events.  There will also be special, additional commentary and more across each of ESPN’s networks and platforms including but not limited to The Mel Kiper Draft Grades –the foundation of SportsCenter Special: Draft Grades on May 1st at 7pm ET on ESPN.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this year’s NFL Draft is available online now at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

 

 

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PBS Distribution Releasing Another New Kate & Mim-Mim DVD Next Month

Courtesy:  Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Disney Junior’s hit series Kate & Mim-Mim will get its second home release of the year next month.

PBS Distribution will release Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies on Tuesday, May 24th.  The DVD, which will feature three more episodes from the hit Disney Junior series, will be available in stores and online.  In the first of the disc’s featured episodes—the disc’s title episode—Kate wants to make a balloon buddy for Mim-Mim.  This is tied in to a big balloon parade in Mimiloo.  When Kate goes to Mimiloo she and her friends find a balloon tree, but all of the tree’s balloons are deflated.  So they have to figure out how to re-inflate them for the parade.

“Cloud Castle” is the disc’s second episode.  Kate’s head is in the clouds both figuratively and literally in this episode.  As she cloud gazes with her parents, Kate tells them that one of the clouds looks like Mim-Mim to her.  But her dad doesn’t see it.  Meanwhile when Kate goes to Mimiloo, she, Mim-Mim, and their friends pull clouds from the sky to make their own bouncy castle.  But their fun is short-lived  as the castle starts to float away

“Clean Sweep” rounds out this collection.  This episode is all about the importance of keeping things clean.  Kate is trying to clean up her room.  But it feels to her like it is taking forever to get it done.  Over in Mimiloo Kate and her friends want to have a picnic.  But their picnic basket is lost in a pile of Tack’s inventions.  Tack tries to clean up his mess, but he takes the quick way, which doesn’t end so well for him.  So unless they can get everything cleaned up it looks like the picnic might get canceled.

Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies will be available in stores Tuesday, May 24th.  It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=93347026&cp=&sr=1&kw=kate++mim-mim&origkw=kate+%26amp%3B+Mim-Mim&parentPage=search.  More information on Kate & Mim-Mim is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.kateandmimmim.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KateandMimMim

 

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Solid Stories, Acting Make Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups Its Own Showstopper

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Ace, Cookie, Niblet, and the rest of the Pound Puppies are back again with yet another great collection of episodes.   Shout! Factory recently partnered with Hasbro Studios to release the latest Pound Puppies DVD Showstopping Pups.  The series’ ninth new collection–and hardly its last—it boasts five more episodes pulled from the series.  The episodes that are featured in this new collection boast five more stories that the whole family will enjoy.  They are the tip of the proverbial iceberg in examining the set’s positives.  The more minute details of the collection are just as important to in this compilation as the stories presented within the featured episodes.  Last but hardly least of note is the work of the series’ cast in each episode.  Once again it stands out just as much as in the episodes featured in previous collections.  Each element is important in its own manner.  Altogether they make this latest collection of episodes one more that not only proves Pound Puppies was cancelled way too early after only three seasons but this latest collection is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library; especially families that are fans of the short-lived series.

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups, the ninth collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s (formerly Hub’s) short-lived series Pound Puppies.  One can only hope that being the series’ ninth collection of episodes, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios will release the series’ full season sets and/or full series set sooner rather than later.  While audiences wait for one or both of those sets to be released, this latest collection of episodes will most certainly help pass the time and entertain audiences.  The main element of the set that makes it so enjoyable and entertaining is its collection of stories.  The stories that are presented within each of the set’s five episodes will entertain audiences of all ages.  The story within the set’s lead episode “The Accidental Pup Star” is proof of this.  Rebound (voiced by Brooke Goldner—Littlest Pet Shop, Skatergirl) is accidentally caught on video singing about her adoration for her owner, Agatha (Betty White—Golden Girls, The Proposal, Hot In Cleveland).  When Agatha’s son Leonard, (Star Trek Deep Space Nine, The Little Mermaid, Benson) who also runs Shelter 17, discovers Rebound’s video he sets out to make himself famous rather than Rebound.  Of course the whole thing backfires on him thanks to Lucky an the rest of the Pound Puppies.  That’s just part of the story that makes it so interesting, too.  The story of why Rebound was caught on video is its own interesting secondary story that audiences will enjoy just as much.  That story will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  It’s just one example of how the stories featured in these episodes are so pivotal to this collection.  “The Watchdogs” is another episode presenting its own fun and funny story.

“The Accidental Pup Star” features a key example of how the stories featured in this set of episodes prove to be so important to its enjoyment.  It is just one example of how the set’s stories make it an overall enjoyable presentation.  The story at the center of “The Watchdogs” is another key example of how the set’s stories make the set so enjoyable in whole.  This time around Niblet and Strudel set out to be crime fighters by night after an incident with some not so nice dogs.  Of course things start out okay for the duo.  But of course that doesn’t last for long.  In the grand scheme of things Strudel (Alanna Ubach–Meet The Fockers, Legally Blonde, Rango) learns that it’s a lot harder to be a crime fighter than she realizes and that she is already making a big impact by helping place other pups in their homes.  It’s just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable, too.  There are smaller elements incorporated into the story that ad even more enjoyment for audiences—especially comic book lovers.  They will be discussed later.  Getting back on the subject, the story presented in this episode is just one more example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the episodes’ presentation.  The story presented within the set’s closer “Back In Action” is yet another great piece for the whole family.  It is especially one that older audiences will enjoy.

The stories presented within “The Accidental Pup Star” and “The Watchdogs” are both prime examples of how the episodes’ stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  As integral as they are in proving the set’s enjoyment they are not the only stories that can be cited.  The story in the set’s closer “Back In Action” is yet another example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  The story at the center of this episode follows a one-time famous dog named Bert (Clancy Brown—The Shawshank Redemption, Sleepy Hollow, Spongebob Squarepants) who needs a morale boost.  And yes, the Pound Puppies are right there to help.  They help when it is revealed that a young boy is in need of a real life rescue.  Bert realizes in helping in the rescue that he may be older and retired, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t or can’t be a real life hero.  While the message here is likely not intentionally sent to audiences, its message that anyone can be a hero and do great thing is there.  It is a message from which audiences of all ages can and will benefit.  Yet again the story presented within the episode is only part of what makes it so enjoyable.  There are other, smaller elements presented within this episode, too that make it even more enjoyable.  As with the other episodes, those smaller elements will be discussed later.  Getting back on track once more, the story featured in this episode is just one more example of how the episodes’ featured stories are so important to the set’s presentation.  “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club” and “Hot Dawg!” both feature their own entertaining stories.  Those stories, together with the stories noted here, come together to show in whole why the stories featured in Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups are indeed central to the DVD’s overall presentation.  The stories featured within this set are just one part of what makes the set’s featured episodes so enjoyable, too.  The smaller details of the stories are just as important to the episodes as the stories themselves.

The stories that are featured within each of the episodes in this set are undeniably important in their own right to the set’s presentation.  While they are obviously important to the set’s presentation they are not the set’s only important element.  The smaller details of the episodes’ stories are just as important of the stories themselves.  The smaller details of “The Accidental Pup Star’s” story are proof of this.  The writers directly related the story to its young viewers by having Rebound caught on a little girl’s smart phone camera and then posted to what is obviously supposed to be YouTube.  There is no mention of YouTube.  But in watching McLeash watch the video it is clear that he is watching the video on what is supposed to be YouTube.  There were likely legal reasons behind it not being directly named.  But that’s beside the point.  What’s important here is the fact that the writers incorporated modern technology and even tied it to a younger person shows a real attempt to reach viewers of the same age.  On another note, ‘The Watchdogs” is in itself a reference to the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel The Watchmen.  The episode obviously is nowhere near as dark or violent.  But seeing Strudel and Niblet dress up in their own home made costumes as their crime fighting alter egos will leave audiences laughing just as much.  What’s more seeing the duo struggle to stay awake is funny in its own right.  That’s because it seems like so many crime fighters do their “jobs” at night.  One can’t help but wonder in noting this how they stay awake during the daytime.  That in itself makes for its own share of laughs.  And again, it is just one more way in which the stories’ smaller elements prove to be just as important to this collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  “Back In Action” provides its own smaller items that audiences—especially older audiences—will enjoy.  The story in itself is a spoof of the classic action series MacGyver.  To say that taking such an approach is original is an understatement.  The references to the series’ title character making huge creations (from bombs to scuba tanks and more—as fans of the series will recall) from the least number of objects is just as great to see.  It is a playful jab at MacGyver.  But it also pays real homage to the series.  Keeping that in mind, even this minute detail makes “Back in Action” all the more entertaining.  And it shows once more just how important the smaller details of this collection’s stories are to the set’s presentation.  They show that those smaller details are just as important to the episodes as the stories themselves.  And that is not to ignore the smaller elements of the collection’s remaining pair of episodes.  They boast their own great minutia that audiences will enjoy, too.  All things considered here the smaller details of this set’s episodes prove in the end to be undeniably as important to the episodes (and the set in whole) as the episodes themselves.  They still are not the only important part of this collection, either.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important as the episodes’ stories and the stories’ minor details.

The episodes that are presented within Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios’ new collection of Pound Puppies DVD present plenty of reason for audiences to add this se to their on home DVD libraries.  That is evident both in each of the episodes’ stories and the smaller details of each story.  While the stories presented in each episode and their minutia do plenty to make the episodes entertaining they are only part of the episodes’ entertainment.  The work of the series’ cast once again proves to be just as important to the show as its other elements.  Case in point Ulanna Ubach’s work on “The Watchdogs.”  Ubach is completely entertaining as she voices Strudel in this episode.  Audiences will love seeing Ubach’s presentation of Strudel’s almost delusional belief that she needs to be out fighting crime is worth its own share of laughs.  On another note, guest voice actor Clancy Brown’s take on former dog star Bert is just as impressive in “Back In Action.”  Audiences will enjoy seeing just how grumpy he makes Bert before Bert finally realizes that he can indeed learn some new tricks.  On a different note, the voices behind the Super Secret Pup Club in “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club” are to be commended in their own right.  The pups’ confidence and determination as they look to clear Chucky’s name will keep viewers entertained and engaged.  Thanks to the actors’ work, viewers—especially younger viewers—will believe that even “young pups” can do great things.  It’s just one more way in which the work of the show’s cast proves to be just as important to this collection as its featured episodes, their stories, and the stories’ smaller elements.  Together with those elements, the work of the show’s voice cast rounds out the set’s positives and shows once an fort all why this latest collection is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups, the ninth new collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s (formerly Hub) short-lived animated series, is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is another collection that will leave audiences *ahem* begging for more.  One can only hope that said begging will eventually lead Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios to release the series in its own standalone season sets and/or a full series run.  Regardless of if and/or that happens, it can be said of this set that it will still help families and fans pass the time and agree in the end that is one more of this year’s top new family DVDs.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-showstopping-pups.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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