PBS Kids Releases Release Date, Info For New WordGirl DVD

Courtesy:  PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/Scholastic

PBS kids will release another new DVD featuring episodes of its family favorite series WordGirl this summer.

Wordgirl: Monkey Business will be released Tuesday June 10th. The upcoming DVD will feature four more shorts from the hit animated vocabulary-building series from Scholastic Media. The first of the DVD’s four new shorts sees WordGirl’s trust sidekick Captain Huggyface having to face Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy on his own after having accidentally been left behind by WordGirl early in their day. Huggyface decides to do what he wants after being left behind (again), which leads to his face off with Chuck.

“The Meaty Dimension”, the second of the DVD’s shorts features The Butcher. In this episode, WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to face off against The Butcher once again. What they don’t know is that The Butcher has a plan to trap them and take over the city after discovering a portal to the dimension where all of his meat is stored. It’s up to them to outsmart The Butcher and close the portal in hopes of stopping The Butcher once and for all.

WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to stop The Whammer from ruining Mr. and Mrs. Botsford’s anniversary in “Whammer Anniversary”, the third of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD. Becky is left to babysit her brother TJ when their parents go out for their anniversary. But then Becky has to figure out how to keep her identity secret after The Whammer starts whamming at the same ice cream parlor where Becky’s parents are enjoying their anniversary. This is another “sweet treat” short for viewers.

In the last of the shorts included in the new WordGirl DVD, WordGirl has to once again face off against Chuck The Evil Sandwich Making Guy. This time, Chuck has added a new weapon to his growing arsenal. His weapon? Peanut butter! When he shoots it at his victims, a giant ball of peanut butter envelops them. And WordGirl becomes one of his victims. So she and Captain Huggyface have to figure out how to get her out of her *ahem* sticky situation and save the day once again.

WordGirl: Monkey Business will be available Tuesday, June 10th on DVD. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wordgirl-Monkey-Business-Tom-Kenny/dp/B00IVLRBHU/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400375319&sr=1-1&keywords=wordgirl+monkey+business. More information on WordGirl is available online at http://www.facebook.com/WordGirl, http://www.pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl, and http://www.scholastic.com/wordgirl. Parents and kids can also go to http://www.pbskids.org/wordgirl to check out more episodes of WordGirl and to play WordGirl games. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Pound Puppies’ Latest Compilation One Of The Show’s Best Yet

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Hub Network/Hasbro Studios

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Hub Network/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory has teamed up with Hasbro Studios and the Hub network once again another compilation of episodes from Hub’s Pound PuppiesPound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks is one of the best compilations from this family and kid favorite series to be released yet.  That is largely because of each episode’s writing.  This compilation offers viewers some of the series’ most heartfelt episodes to date.  Just as noteworthy in this compilation is the guest voice talent.  Both parents and kids alike will recognize the celebrity voices that are included in some of the episodes in this set.  Something more subtle, but just as worth noting in this collection of episodes is that each one features its own musical number.  It’s something that hadn’t been seen (or rather heard) in previous collections.  It’s a nice touch to the episodes in question.  The reason for that will be discussed later.  All things considered, Holiday Hijinks is one more great addition to any family’s home DVD library, whether it’s their first introduction to the new Pound Puppies or not.

The latest compilation of Pound Puppies episodes includes five more episodes from the Hub network’s hit children’s series.  This follows the same format as the previous DVD compilations that have been released.  The episodes collected for this collection stand out because they are some of the series’ most heartwarming episodes yet.  The collection’s opener, “I Heard The Barks on Christmas Eve” is the collection’s only actual holiday themed episode.  It’s still a wonderful story, nonetheless.  For the first time ever, viewers see that Mr. McLeish actually has a heart and isn’t the mean middle aged man that he comes across as being in most episodes.  It presents those classic messages that everybody needs somebody and that everybody deserves somebody, especially during the holidays.  Audiences will appreciate how writer Joe Ansolabehere expanded on the show’s central theme of family in the set’s second episode, “I Never Barked For My Father.”  Lucky meets his long lost father and brother for the first time ever in this episode.  These are two of the collection’s finest.  What’s more, older audiences will appreciate the guest vocal talent shared here.  That is another positive to this set of episodes.

The episodes collected for Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks offer plenty of heart and laughs.  The writers behind the show are to be applauded for their work.  Just as worth noting of these episodes is the guest vocal talent recruited for these episodes.  Lucky’s father is voiced by none other than Gary Cole in “I Never Barked For My Father.”  And his long lost brother is voiced by one Gary Cooksey.  Cooksey is best known for his time on Diff’rent Strokes as well as voicing Montana Max on Tiny Toon Adventures and portraying Robert “Buddy” Budnick on Nickelodeon’s hit 90s series, Salute Your Shorts.  Older audiences will recognize Gary Cole from his roles in Office Space, Dodgeball, Talladega Nights, and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law just to name some of his work.  Cole and Cooksey are just a couple of the well-known names that grace this collection of episodes.  Fred Stoller (Wordgirl, Everybody Loves Raymond) guests on the collection’s opener as the voice of Ralph.  Ralph is a stray that has lost his Christmas spirit because he has never had a single owner.  That all changes thanks to the Pound Puppies.  Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Scooby-Doo & The Goblin King, Jurassic Park, The Exes) also shares his talents as the voice of Ralphie, Mr. McLeish’s old friend in “Good Dog, McLeish.”  If that isn’t enough, then the addition of both Tress MacNeille (Futurama, The Simpsons) and Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny) as guest talent in “Prince and the Pupper” will certainly convince parents to check out this latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes with their kids.  The list of guest talent included in Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks is only a glimpse of the big name actors and actresses that have lent their talents to this series over the course of three seasons.  And it’s just one more reason for families to enjoy this collection together.  There is one more reason that families will enjoy the episodes presented in this set.  That reason is that each of the set’s five episodes includes its own musical number.  It would have been so easy for the writers to go over the top considering the history of musical numbers in shows that aren’t known for musical numbers.  Instead, the show’s writers made each episode’s musical number respectable and within limitations.  They didn’t make them big, cheesy tongue-in-cheek numbers.  They actually add a certain amount of emotion and comic relief where necessary.  Just as with the guest vocal talent and the equally enjoyable writing overall, the musical number become one more part of the whole that makes Pound Puppies: Holiday Hijinks well worth the watch any time of the year.  It is available now on DVD in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/pound-puppies-holiday-hijinks.  More information on this and other Pound Puppies DVDs is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com and http://www.facebook.com/shoutactoryofficial.  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.

Chuck Goes Good Or So It Seems In New WordGirl Episode

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WordGirl and her trusted sidekick Captain Huggyface are back with another great brand new adventure for audiences.  In this brand new adventure, WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to face the evil Dr. Two-Brains again.  And this time, he’s not alone.  Also in Episode #503, Granny May is back with another evil plan.  And of course, Bo Handsome and his trio of contestants are back for another fun episode of everybody’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word?”

The first half of Episode #503 opens as Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy is buying (yes, buying) items for sandwiches.  Much to her surprise, Chuck even shows WordGirl his receipt for everything when she accuses him of stealing them.  In her surprise, WordGirl asks Chuck what happened to his mom’s station wagon.  He tells her that he had always yearned for a lunch wagon just like in the old west.  So he converted the station wagon into his own lunch wagon from which he could sell his sandwiches.  After he leaves, Word Girl and Captain Huggyface fly off to keep watch over the city.  While they keep vigil, WordGirl tells Captain Huggyface how she has yearned to tell her friend Violet about her secret identity.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Dr. Two-Brains and his henchmen are driving, when they spot Chuck’s lunch wagon loaded with cheese.  So he pursues it in a plan to hijack it.  Just as Chuck thinks he’s getting away from Dr. Two-Brains, his lunch wagon breaks down, allowing Dr. Two-Brains to catch him.

While all of this is going on, Becky and Violet are at Becky’s house, sharing their dreams.  When Violet tells Becky of her dreams, Becky tells her that she should pursue her dreams.  Then Violet asks Becky about her dreams.  And just as Becky is about to reveal her secret identity to Violet, she’s told by one of the townspeople about Dr. Two-Brains’ plot.  So she has to race off to stop him.  It turns out that not only does she have to stop Dr. Two-Brains, but also Chuck, as he proves that he’s not all good after all.  The confrontation comes down to an old west style standoff, leading to the defeat of both Dr. Two-Brains and Chuck.  Having beaten both bad guys again, WordGirl heads back home to where Violet is still waiting for Becky.  Luckily, Becky/WordGirl is able to come up with a line about where she has been and what she was going to tell Violet, instead of her secret identity, protecting both herself and Violet.

As the first half of the episode ends, audiences get another brand new episode of “May I Have A Word?”  In today’s new episode, the contestants have to define the word, Clutch.  Emily gets the definition right, and wins an official WordGirl dune buggy.

The show moves back to the second half of the episode after this intermission.  In the second half of Episode #503, Granny May is back again.  This time, Granny May has devised a plan that would have made Mr. Big proud.  She has developed a plan to make accessories for everybody’s pets.  What the townspeople don’t know is that Granny May’s pet accessories are in reality mind control devices.  She is using them to get everybody’s pets to steal from their owners for her.  There’s even a reference to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video in this episode that parents will love as the pets’ minds are controlled.  The morning after everybody’s stuff is stolen, Granny May sinks to a new low, trying to frame Becky’s friend, Violet.  So Becky sets out to try and figure out what happened.  Later that night, she does discover what happened when her dad takes Captain Huggyface’s accessory to wash it.  He puts it around his neck to carry it to the wash, when his mind is suddenly controlled.  So WordGirl follows Mr. Botsford and discovers that Granny May really is behind the thefts.  Thankfully, one of the cats there unwittingly sits on Granny May’s mind controller, releasing all the animals from their trance.  Everything is returned and Violet’s name is cleared.

The show moves back to the bonus round of “May I Have A Word” from here, where Emily correctly associates the definition of Clutch to the proper picture, winning her a sand dune to go with her new dune buggy.  Captain Huggyface closes out the episode by showing what the word, perturbed means.

This episode may have aired in some markets and not others.  Audiences should check their local listings to see which new episode is scheduled to air each day.

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Wordgirl returns with a new episode Monday

PBS Kids’ hit vocab building based show, Wordgirl, returns next week with another brand new half hour episode.  Wordgirl is facing two familiar foes in next Monday’s new episode.  First, Wordgirl has to face off against the evil boy genius, Toby, in “Wordbot.”  And then Mr. Big is up to his old tricks, taking over the townspeople’s minds.  This time it’s so they’ll build a gianttributeto him in “Mount Rushhere.” And what episode of Wordgirl is complete without everyone’s favorite vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  That’s right.  Bo Handsome and his young contestants are back with another new episode, too.  We’ve got a first look at Monday’s new episode right here int his edition of Reel Reviews.

“Wordbot” takes the first half of Monday’s new episode.  In this episode, Wordgirl faces off against her old foe, Toby, the evil boy genius.  As long time fans know, Toby faces off against Wordgirl a lot.  Ironically, he is also quite devotedto her.  But this time, Toby is so fed up with losing to Wordgirl that he builds his own version of little literary superheroine, that he dubs, “Wordbot.”  Wordbot can do everything Wordgirl can.  There’s just one problem.  In commanding Wordbot to show her devotion to him, Toby makes Wordbot toodevoted.  In fact, she’s more than justdevoted.  She turns jealous whenever Toby talks to Wordgirl, thus causing his evil plan tobackfire on him.  It leads him to have to workwith Wordgirl in order to get the batteries out of Wordbot and stop her.  And of course, what episode featuring Toby is complete without his mom catching him? 

In the second half of Monday’s new episode, Wordgirl has to face off against another old foe in “Mount Rushhere.”  In this new episode, Wordgirl has two problems to deal with.  While in disguise as Becky Botsford, Becky and her friends discover that all the adults in town have suddenly disappeared one day.  What they don’t know is that their parents’ minds have been taken over by Mr. Big.  Mr. Big has taken control of the adults’ minds so that they’ll build atributeto him that he has dubbed, “Mount Rushhere.”  His idea is that everyone will “rush here” (thus the name) to see histribute.  In the process, he tells his assistant, Leslie, that he’ll sell everyone that comes lots of souvenirs and become rich.  Of course, when Wordgirl realizes that all the adults have fallen under another of Mr. Big’s mind control schemes, she and Captain Huggyface come and destroy his latest mind control device, releasing the adults from his control.  Having Captain Huggyface with her yet again gave her theadvantagethat she needed to defeat him and destroy Mr. Big’stribute.  In the process of everything, Becky learns an important lesson herself.  She learns just how important it is to have her parents around and to have limits.

And of course, what episode of Wordgirl is complete without the hit vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  In Monday’s brand new episode, the contestants have to define and show an example of the word, “shatter.”  Just as one of the contestants it about to define it, Captain Huggyface swings in and accidentally shatters the contestants’ podiums.  Because of that, the judges allow her to answer.  Young audiences will love not only the familiar antics of Captain Huggyface in this episode, but the always funny prizes that the contestants win.  So stay tuned Monday for that and the adventures of Wordgirl for another brand new episode, only on PBS KidsGo!  Check local listings to find out when the episode airs in your area.  Families can also watch it for free online at http://pbskids.org/go

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