Mill Creek Entertainment and Cookie Jar (formerly DIC Entertainment) have released yet another enjoyable kid and family friendly cartoon collection with the new TV Toons To Go! box set. The ten-disc set culls over one hundred total episodes from some of the two companies’ best cartoons, dating all the way back to the 1980’s. So both kids and their parents will enjoy this set.
The TV Toons To Go! box set kicks off with a pair of discs featuring episodes from the kid favorites, Busytown Mysteries and the Busy World of Richard Scarry. Richard Scarry’s books have taught millions of children the world over educational and life lessons for ages. Now in this cartoon, those same stories are entertaining a whole new generation as they jump off the page and onto the small screen. First time viewers will enjoy the show for its kid friendly nature and for those same lessons, its vibrant colors, and characters. Parents of those first time viewers will appreciate these episodes as they will create a sense of nostalgia, taking them back to when they first read the books. The animation style, with its vibrant colors will also appeal to parents, considering how much of today’s “animation” are increasingly computer generated and less hand drawn. The hand drawn animation style gives this modern classic its own identity and will continue to do so as long as animation heads seemingly farther away from its roots. It’s one more piece of the puzzle that will help to create a different but related sense of nostalgia among older audiences. Parents will especially appreciate these two discs as those who weren’t able to get their hands on last year’s release of The Busy World of Richard Scarry – The Complete 65 Episode Series. That set was also released by Mill Creek Entertainment and Cookie Jar.
While parents and kids will both enjoy the Busytown discs included in the new TV Toons To Go! box set, parents will especially enjoy the inclusion of the classic cartoon, Heathcliff in this set. While it isn’t the entire series, or even the four-disc set released by Shout! Factory, but this single disc does quite the job for fans as it presents eleven episodes from this classic 80’s cartoon. Sure it’s not the entire series. But it still makes for a solid re-introduction for older audiences and an equally solid first time introduction for newer viewers. As with the previously noted Busytown discs, parents will get a total sense of nostalgia from this show if only for its hand drawn animation. It alone was a huge part of the show’s identity. Though the episodic writing was just as solid. Whether for Heathcliff’s adventures or those of Riff-Raff and his feline friends, the writing behind the included episodes will keep audiences engaged throughout each adventure.
The primary episodes included in this multi-disc set will entertain both kids and kids at heart for hours on end. Whether it be episodes of classics such as Heathcliff, C.O.P.S., The Littles, or Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego? Parents have plenty to introduce their kids to for the first time. And for younger audiences, Mill Creek Entertainment and Cookie Jar have also included episodes of newer toons, too. To sweeten the deal, the partnership between the pairing also has led to the inclusion of many more modern toons as bonuses on a handful of the set’s discs. As an example, the set’s first two discs include a bonus episode of Wimzie’s House and Simon in the Land of Chalk respectively. The set’s fourth disc also presents a bonus episode of Postcards from Buster. It makes for a nice lead in to the set’s eighth disc, which already contains ten more episodes from the PBS Kids’ “mini-series”/spinoff. And that disc itself includes a pair of episode of the more modern kids cartoon, Nanoboy as its bonus feature.
The bonus episodes included in this set do their own part in making the overall viewing experience more enjoyable. There is at least one more factor that makes this set enjoyable for both parents and kids. That factor is the set’s packaging. All ten discs in this set are contained snugly into their own soft inserts within a small easy to carry canteen shaped case. The case has string attachments that can be tied to anything to keep it safe, too. It’s a very ergonomically sound packaging idea. What’s more the inserts that hold the discs are double sided. Only one side of each is used, thus leaving the opposite side open for other cartoon releases from Mill Creek Entertainment if desired. Again, it makes for one more positive to the overall presentation from Mill Creek Entertainment and Cookie Jar that parents and kids will enjoy with every watch. It’s available now in stores and online.
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