Viewers Of All Ages Will Want To “Explore” PBS Distribution’s Latest ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD

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Five seasons is a relatively long time for any television series to last.  That is how long PBS/PBS Kids’ series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has lasted since its premiere in 2012.  It just ran its fifth season in August 2019.  The program has continue Fred Rogers’ legacy, teaching young viewers lessons about topics, such as how to express their feelings, how to play well with others and appreciating the small things in the world.  Those lessons have also made their way to an expansive series of DVDs (23 single disc collections), the latest of is scheduled for release Tuesday in the form of Explore The Outdoors.  This latest offering is another enjoyable presentation for its target audiences.  That is proven in part through the set’s featured episodes.  The use of the episode separators while minor, is actually key in its own way to the viewing experience, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The lessons that are incorporated into the episodes are another important part of the presentation’s whole.  They will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors another positive addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs.

Explore The Outdoors, the latest addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of DVDs from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, is another enjoyable offering for the show’s target audiences.  That is proven in part through the collection’s featured episodes.  Six episodes are featured in this latest collection.  The majority of the episodes do well in sticking to the DVD’s central theme of exploring the outdoors.  The only exceptions to that rule come in the form of ‘Daniel Plays in A Gentle Way’ and ‘Daniel’s Toy.’  The episodes feature stories that do find Daniel and his friends outside, but are more about playing together outdoors than actually exploring the outdoors.  So they are a bit of a stretch, but do at least feature stories that take Daniel and company outdoors.  The other four featured episodes are more in line with the DVD’s theme.  From exploring the outdoors and appreciating all that nature has to offer in the title episode and in its companion, “Daniel’s Nature Walk,” to learning about lizards in another, to being active outdoors, playing with a kite in “Daniel Feels Two Feelings,” the DVD’s episodes largely stay true to its theme.

While not presented chronologically, the episodes present a snapshot of the series, as they are lifted from the program’s second, third and fourth seasons.  That in itself proves to be a positive for audiences.  That is because again, the episodes serve that latent function of showing various examples of the show’s writing over the course of its run.  To that extent, whether intended or not, the episodes play an even larger part in the DVD’s presentation.  When considered with the fact that the episodes do largely follow the DVD’s central title theme, they show even more why they are critical in their own right to the DVD’s presentation.  They are just one of the DVD’s key elements, to note.  The mid-show spacers that are featured with the episodes play their own important part to its whole.

The mid-show separators that are featured with Explore The Outdoors might not seem all that important to the DVD’s presentation on the surface.  However, their addition actually adds to the viewing experience.  Their inclusion with the episodes actually make it feel that much more like audiences are watching the episodes on TV rather than on DVD.  Keeping in mind that counterparts to the series, such as Let’s Go Luna, Curious George, and Arthur all have mid-show separators, but do not include them in the shows’ DVD releases makes for a clearer picture.  It’s an aesthetic element, but an element nonetheless that plays into the set’s presentation, and its inclusion here adds its own share of value to the DVD’s presentation, too.  It is not the last of the DVD’s most important elements, either.  The lessons that are tied into the featured episodes are key, too.

The lessons that are incorporated into the DVD’s featured episodes are important to note in that they will prove familiar to any of the series’ longtime viewers.  “Daniel Feels Two Feelings” presents audiences with yet another lesson about handling our feelings.  That is nothing new to the series, but still as welcome as ever.  “Daniel’s Toy” teaches young viewers that not everybody likes the same things, and that we should not degrade others just because they like different things.  That is a lesson that sadly adults need to learn over again.  The lesson about appreciating the importance of playing quietly and safely that is incorporated into “Daniel Plays In A Gentle Way” is reminiscent of the lesson in another story in while Daniel wanted to play loud, but his friend O The Owl wanted to play quietly.  Again, it is a lesson that deserves reminding.  The other three episodes featured in this DVD all present lessons about the wonder of nature, which will resonate with any child, and hopefully get said children outside and active.  All things considered, each lesson presents its own value and will certainly serve as a solid starting point for discussion between parents and their children about the noted topics.  When this is considered along with the importance of the DVD’s aesthetics and its episodes, the whole of the DVD becomes a presentation that is just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library as its predecessors.

PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs, Explore The Outdoors is another successful entry in that series.  It is a presentation that ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment just as much as those DVDs.  That is due in part to its featured episodes, which largely follow the DVD’s title theme.  The mid-show separators that come with the episodes add their own depth to the set’s presentation.  The same can be said of the lessons that are incorporated into the episodes.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the DVD another successful offering that will be welcome in any family’s home library.

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD This Month

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PBS Distribution will release a new collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes on DVD this fall.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors is scheduled for release Sept. 22.  The single-disc collection features six episodes of the beloved series, all of which center on the topic of going outside and appreciating all that the outdoors has to offer.

One of the most notable of the disc’s episodes — “Daniel Explores Nature” — finds Daniel and his parents spending the day outdoors.  Daniel discovers a bird, and in turn learn how birds build their nests.  The bird’s next falls out of the tree, so it’s up to Daniel and his parents to get the nest back in the tree.

“Daniel’s Nature Walk” is another episode featured in the DVD.  This episode’s story follows O the Owl and his uncle X The Owl as the duo goes for a nature walk in the forest.  Along the way, the pair sees all kinds of creatures, such as frogs and worms, and even gets to see a rainbow.

“Daniel Plays in a Gentle Way,” yet another of the DVD’s stories, reminds young viewers about the importance of being careful even when playing.  That lesson is taught as some of Daniel’s friends want to play fast, even though he wants to play slow and safe.

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodExplore The Outdoors will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  Pre-orders are open now.

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PBS’ New Fred Rogers Doc Is A Good Starting Point For Audiences Unfamiliar With Rogers’ Life, Career

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Almost one year from now, iconic television figure Fred Rogers will have his life story told….sort of….in a new biopic from Big Beach Films and Tristar Pictures.  The movie will star legendary screen actor Tom Hanks in Rogers’ signature red cardigan sweater and sneakers.  Of course while this seems all good and fine, everybody knows that far too often, biopics are overly embellished with some falsehoods.  Keeping that in mind, so many more accurate documentations of Rogers’ life and career have already been released that have proven far more worth audiences’ time.  One of the most recent of those more worthwhile presentations is PBS’ latest Fred Rogers doc, It’s You I Like.  Having originally aired on PBS stations nationwide March 8, the hour-long program will be released on DVD Oct. 2.  Not to be confused with Universal Pictures’ equally popular big-screen Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor, this program is not the first toe be released from PBS, but is still an enjoyable look at Rogers’ life and career.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the doc.  This will be discussed shortly.  The program’s transitions, by connection, are just as important to examine as the story.  They will be discussed a little bit later.  The footage, pictures and interviews used to help tell the story round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of It’s You I Like.  All things considered, they make It’s You I Like another welcome look at Fred Rogers’ life and career.

PBS’ latest profile of Fred Rogers, It’s You I Like, is another welcome look at the life and career of one of television’s most iconic figures.  The network’s first profile of Rogers since 2011’s Mister Rogers & Me, it is a good companion to that profile.  That is due in part to the program’s central story, which discusses what made – and makes – him so respected and beloved to this very day. It presents – as with so many other previously released docs – a man who was genuine in how he addressed tough topics, such as death, divorce and even where babies come from and who was just as genuine off camera as he was on camera.  Audiences also learn through the program that apparently, Mister Rogers had quite a sense of humor, and not in a bad way, either.  The story is told partially through interviews with celebrities, such as John Lithgow, Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman, as they discuss Mister Rogers’ influence on them as they watch vintage clips of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Veteran actor Michael Keaton, who got his start in show business on the long-running series, serves as the program’s host, and adds his own stories of life on set and of Fred Rogers, the man behind the camera.  The whole thing uses music, fittingly, as the foundation for the presentation.  The focus on music here is fitting because, as noted at one point in the program, it is noted that Rogers earned a degree in music composition in college.  Again, this is not the first time that this has been noted in a documentary on Rogers’ life and career, but maybe not everyone knew this.  To that end, it is a good addition to the program, as it explains why there is such a heavy emphasis on music throughout this story.  Considering all of this in mind, many audiences will find the story at the center of It’s You I Like familiar.  For those who might be less familiar with Rogers’ life and career, it is a good brief, but concise introduction.  To that end, this presentation will appeal, at least in terms of its story, more to audiences less familiar with Rogers’ life and career than those who have seen the other Fred Rogers docs that have been released already.  Staying on that note of the story’s familiarity, the story’s transitions are just as important to its presentation as the story itself.

The story’s transitions are of note because they are so smooth.  What is really of note is that Rogers’ beloved “picture-picture” is largely the source of those transitions.  At many points, the story will go from the final scene of one chapter to a slow zoom out of the picture frame and back in at the end of Keaton’s segments.  At other times, the transitions are more basic, going from the final moment of a given chapter to a fade or a smooth cut back to the old set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Regardless of the transitions, it can be said that each one keeps the story progressing so smoothly from one segment to the next, ensuring that viewers will never be lost.  Getting back to the doc’s story, this means that, again, audiences less familiar with Mister Rogers’ life and career are that much more apt to remain engaged and entertained throughout the program.  When the two elements are coupled, they show even more why those noted audiences will enjoy this presentation as their first exposure to the man who was more than just a television figure, but one of America’s most important figures on and off camera.  Having noted all of this, the actual material used to tell the documentary’s story rounds out the most important elements of It’s You I Like.

The material used to tell the story of It’s Your I Like is as familiar as the story itself for most audiences, and just as fresh, again, for those less familiar with his story.  Audiences are presented here with footage and pictures of Mister Rogers on the set of his show, as well as interviews with various celebrities to tell the story.  The footage includes moments, such as Rogers joking with fellow cast mates David Newell (Mr. McFeely), Francois Clemmons (Officer Clemmons) and crew members as well as footage of Rogers interviewing stars, such as Yo-Yo Ma (and his son), Wynton Marsalis and Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz) at various points throughout.  The pictures featured across the program were taken from the days when the show was still running.  There are candid pictures featuring Rogers and the show’s cast and crew, a picture of Mister Rogers with the one and only Big Bird (from Sesame Street) included in the discussion of Big Bird crossing over into the “Land of Make Believe” and even pictures of Rogers in his youth.  Between those pictures and others, audiences get a wonderfully rich picture of the show from its birth to its end.  Meanwhile the interviews with Rogers’ widow and the previously noted celebrities serve to illustrate even more the legacy and impact of the man who was Mister Rogers.  When those interviews, pictures and footage all come together to tell the story of a man who truly did like everyone, the end result is a documentary that those just starting to learn about Mister Rogers will enjoy.

PBS’ latest Fred Rogers documentary It’s You I Like is a good introduction to the life and legacy of Mister Rogers for those who might not be so familiar with Rogers’ life and career. That is due in part to a story that for other viewers, proves relatively familiar.  It touches briefly on Rogers’ accomplishments and efforts, giving a concise overview why he is still such a revered figure, even in death.  The story’s transitions ensure audiences’ engagement just as much as the story itself, as do the collective interviews, footage and pictures used to help tell the story.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered, they make It’s You I Like a doc that fans unfamiliar with Fred Rogers’ life and career will like as much as he liked everyone.  It will be available on DVD Oct. 2, and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘DTN’ Double Feature Next Month

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PBS Distribution will release a new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood double feature DVD next month.

Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDaniel Goes Camping and Tiger Family Trip is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, June June 12 in store and online.  Clocking in at 170 minutes, the double features culls the previously released DVDs into one box.

Each DVD features 5 episodes of the family favorite series — the same episodes presented in the DVDs’ original presentations.  The collection comes along just in time for summer vacation.  In Daniel Goes Camping, Daniel camps out in his back yard with O the Owl and Dad Tiger.

Daniel visits Prince Wednesday for a sleepover in another of the DVD’s stories. he also enjoys a pajama party with his friends in yet another of the collection’s featured episodes.

Tiger Family Trip follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip to see Granpere.  That trip includes a boat ride, a search for buries treasure and more.

This new dual presentation will retail for MSRP of $14.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $9.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on the DVD is available online now along with lots of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood activities, printables and more at:

 

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Stories, Segmentation, Songs Make New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD A Success

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Summer is right around the corner and so is summer break.  That means families across the country will soon be looking for ways to keep their children entertained if they haven’t already done so.  Luckily, PBS Kids and Public Media Distribution have just the answer – a brand new DVD that takes Daniel Tiger and his parents on a family trip.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip will be released May 16 in stores and online, and there is plenty for the whole family to appreciate about this new release whether going on their own family trips this summer or not beginning with the DVD’s main story and its segmentation.  The lessons tied into the main story (and its companion episodes) are important to note too in examining the DVD’s overall presentation.  The songs, while they may not seem overly important, are in fact important in their own right to the DVD’s presentation, too.  Each element is important in its own right.  Altogether, they make Tiger Family Trip a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is a visual trip that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This applies whether families are going on their own family trips this summer or not.  This is proven first and foremost through the DVD’s main story and its related segmentation.  The story follows Daniel and his family as they take a trip on Trolley to see Granpere, Daniel’s grandfather.  This is the kind of trip that is common during summer vacations, so it is fitting that it is being presented to home audiences in that exact time of year.  On a related note, the story’s companion episodes, which see Daniel and company visit a carnival, a butterfly garden and setting up a lemonade stand, are also very summer-themed stories.  They will just as certainly entertain families this summer.  They could even inspire families to take their own summer adventures to do the same kind of things.  Considering this, the DVD’s main story and its companion stories prove to be key pieces of the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip is just one part of what makes that main feature so enjoyable.  It is just one part of what makes the DVD’s presentation a success.  The story’s segmentation adds even more depth to that presentation.  Audiences will note that the main story is broken up into four distinct segments, each of which clocks in at roughly 10 to 11 minutes long.  This might not seem like much on the surface, but in reality it is highly important.  That is because those short run-time ensure even more young viewers’ engagement.  If those behind the program had presented this story in one full presentation, odds are it might not have kept those same audiences engaged.  To that end, the main story’s segmentation proves to be just as pivotal to the DVD’s presentation as the story itself.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip’s main feature and its segmentation are both key features to said story.  The story is a work that is relevant to families of all types.  Its segmentation ensures young audiences’ engagement from beginning to end.  The lessons that are tied into the story are just as important to note in examining this DVD’s presentation as the story and its segmentation. Audiences will note that the show’s writers incorporated some familiar lessons into this original story.  Those familiar lessons include one about not waiting to use the bathroom, properly expressing one’s feelings and talking about them and other items.  The companion episodes present their own familiar lessons about trying things that are hard or maybe scary to a certain point.  As with the story’s segmentation, this might not seem overly important, but the opposite is the reality.  The fact that the writers could so effectively incorporate such familiar lessons into new scenarios yet again shows a lot of time and thought was put into their use.  The writers are to be commended for taking such time to consider this in creating the DVD’s main story.  That is not all for which they are to be commended.  The story’s musical numbers are important in their own right, too to the DVD’s presentation.

The story at the center of Tiger Family Trip, its segmentation and lessons are all key elements to discuss in examining this new DTN DVD. As has been noted, each element plays its own pivotal part in the DVD’s presentation.  They are only some of its key elements, too.  The songs that are incorporated into the story are just as important to discuss as the previously noted elements, believe it or not.  From rockabilly to light pop and in-between, the writers crafted a variety of songs that will entertain audiences of all tastes regardless of age.  This, like the story’s segmentation and lessons shows its own share of thought, too.  It shows a clear attempt by the show’s writers and creative forces to reach as many audiences as possible even through an element as minute as music.  Such consideration is just as worthy of applause as that used in developing the story, its segmentation and lessons.  When all three of these elements are joined, they make Tiger Family Trip a presentation that will entertain any family regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is an enjoyable new offering of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  It is a collection of episodes that families will enjoy regardless of whether or not they are going on their own vacations.  That is due in part to the fact that it boasts yet another set of new stories that are expertly segmented and that feature some familiar lessons that are expertly placed in each story.  The songs that are incorporated into each story will reach audiences of all ages and tastes, too.  Each element is important in its own right to the DVD’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make this DVD a visual trip that every family will enjoy regardless of whether or not families are going on their own vacations this summer.  It could even motivate families to go on some new family outings be it a road trip or something closer to home.  It will be available in stores and online May 16 and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots of activities, games  and more at:

 

 

 

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PMD Taking Families On A Trip With Daniel Tiger’s Family Next Month

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Everybody’s favorite furry tiger friend is going on a special trip with his family, and families everywhere will get to come along next month.

Public Media Distribution recently announced it will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip on Tuesday, May 16.  The seven-episode collection will be available exclusively on DVD in stores and online for MSRP of $14.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip is anchored by its title episode, an extended episode. This episode follows Daniel and his family as they go on a trip to see Granpere Tiger.  Daniel doesn’t know what to expect at first, but when his mom gives him a map he learns about all the exciting things to do and see on family trips.

‘Visiting Granpere’ follows the DVD’s title episode. This episode follows Daniel and Granpere as they hunt for buried treasure.

‘The Tiger Family Goes Back Home’ closes out the new DVD’s title story.  Daniel and Granpere go on a sunrise boat ride before he and his family head back home in this episode.

Also included in the DVD are four episodes that focus largely on handling different emotions in different settings.  The bonus episodes featured in this collection include: ‘The Neighborhood Carnival,’ ‘Fireflies and Fireworks,’ ‘The Lemonade Stand,’ and ‘Mad at the Beach.’

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PBS Kids Releasing Another New ‘DTN’ DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Public Media Distribution is taking families back to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood next month with another new collection of the series’ episodes on DVD.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Visits The Farm will be released on Tuesday, March 14 in stores and online.  The series’ latest DVD release, it will feature four more episodes from the family-favorite animated show.

This collection teaches young viewers important lessons about accepting help from others, responsibility and proper ways to express emotions all while entertaining them and their parents.  The DVD’s complete episode list is noted below.

 

DANIEL GOES TO THE FARM EPISODE LIST

 

  1. Daniel and Margaret Visit The Farm

 

  1. Clean Up Time

 

  1. Daniel Uses His Words

 

  1. Margaret’s Bath Time

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Farm will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with more Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood games, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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Lionsgate’s Latest Literary/Cinematic Adaptation Leads Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Family DVDs/BDs List

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Courtesy: Lionsgate Premium

The realm of family entertainment is as vast when it comes to DVDs and Blu-rays as it is in terms of musical offerings.  That’s a powerful statement. And it has proven true once again this year.  Between PBS Kids, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, and other outlets, the number of family friendly offerings released this year has been impressive to say the least.

The content contained therein has been just as impressive as the DVDs and BDs themselves.  It is really what makes them so impressive.  From education to entertainment, this year’s crop of new family offerings has been quite balanced.  That balance has made choosing just a select list of the year’s best anything but easy.  Keeping that in mind, this critic has assembled a list of the year’s top new family DVDs and Blu-rays, which is presented here.  Topping this year’s list is a new offering from Lionsgate titled based on an equally well-known children’s novel.  Also included in this list are the 9th season of Curious George, a small handful of new titles from PBS Kids and a number of titles from Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory.

As with each Phil’s Picks list, this list features the Top 10 new titles in the list plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Family DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVDs/BDs

 

  1. The Great Gilly Hopkins

 

  1. Zootopia

 

  1. Curious George Season 9

 

  1. Goosebumps

 

  1. Ice Age: Collision Course

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes Camping

 

  1. Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech

 

  1. Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures In Time and Space

 

  1. Transformers Recue Bots: Bots Battle for Justice

 

  1. Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups

 

  1. Pound Puppies: A Rare Pair

 

  1. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Super Daniel

 

  1. WordWorld: It’s Time For School

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ new ‘DTN’ DVD Is Another Enjoyable Collection For Audiences Of All Ages

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Meteorological winter is still many weeks away.  But don’t tell the people at PBS and PBS Distribution.  That is because the companies released earlier this month a new winter-themed collection of episodes from PBS’ hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The collection—Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland—was released Oct. 11.  The four-episode collection is small, needless to say.  But it boasts its own share of positives beginning with its lessons.  That will be discussed shortly.  The stories that are used to teach the noted lessons are just as important to note in this set’s presentation as the lessons themselves.  Last but hardly least of note in the collection’s presentation is the inclusion of the live action segments with each episode.  Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s presentation.  All things considered the collection in whole proves to be yet another enjoyable collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes for audiences of all ages.

PBS and PBS Distribution’s latest collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes is yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit animated PBS/PBS Kids for audiences of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the lessons that are taught throughout each of the collection’s four featured episodes.  One of the key lessons that is presented in the set’s featured episodes is that of trying things that are difficult.  It is not the only lesson that is presented in these episodes, either.  The set’s final episode, “Baking Mistakes” teaches an equally important lesson about making mistakes and learning from them, and the set’s opener, “A Snowy Day” teaches a relatively simple lesson about dressing properly for cold weather.  What is interesting here is the manner in which those behind the set’s creation tied that episode into “Daniel’s Winter Wonderland” and “Neighborhood Nutcracker,” the set’s other winter-themed episodes.  That leads into another of the key elements to note in this collection’s presentation, the stories used to teach the set’s lessons.

The lessons that are taught in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland, are a collectively important part of the collection’s presentation.  That is because they are lessons that are key to children’s personal and social development.  While the lessons featured in this collection are clearly important to the set’s presentation, they are not its only collectively key element.  The stories that are used to teach each of the featured lessons are just as important to note as the lessons themselves.  DTN’s (as it will henceforth be known in this review) writers crafted a relatively simple story for “A Snowy Day.”  The story sees Daniel and Miss Elena playing outside in the snow.  Before they can play though, they have to find the right attire to keep them warm.  They get the right clothes but then eventually go back inside so that they can warm back up indoors.  Again, it’s a relatively simplistic story.  But it is one that will entertain and educate.  That story leads directly into the story for “Daniel’s Winter Wonderland.”  This episode’s story takes Daniel and Prince Wednesday back outdoors with Daniel’s dad to a really big hill where Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn about doing things that seem hard (and maybe intimidating).  From there, the group goes ice skating.  Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn in both settings that even if something seems hard (or intimidating, technically), approaching those hard things a little bit at a time can make them less hard to do.  That lesson is directly approached in the third of the set’s episodes, “Neighborhood Nutcracker” when Daniel has to take over for Prince Wednesday in his neighborhood’s presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet in the ballet’s lead role.  The story at the center of the set’s final episode, “Baking Mistakes” stands starkly apart from the set’s other stories because it technically has nothing to do with the set’s other three episodes.  It finds Daniel and Prince Wednesday making cookies with Baker Aker.  The group makes some mistakes along the way, but learns that it’s okay to make mistakes because that’s how people learn.  This is a story that could apply just as much during colder weather as in warmer weather.  That being the case it still makes the story fit with the collection’s other stories.  Keeping this in mind, and the stories at the center of each of the set’s other episodes, the whole of the set’s stories proves to be just as important to this DVD’s presentation as the lessons that are taught within each episode.  Even as important as the lessons and stories are to the disc’s presentation, they are not the collection’s only key elements.  The live action segments that are included with each episode are just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.

The lessons are stories that are presented throughout Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland are both key elements in this DVD’s presentation.  That is because collectively they both entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  As important as they are to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The live action segments that are included in the collection are just as important to its presentation as the previously discussed elements.  It seems like it isn’t that important on the surface.  But in the bigger picture, they are doubly important.  That is because they serve both to help drive home the lessons that are taught within each episode and they also serve to help make the viewing experience exactly the same as it would be if families were watching the episodes on television.  This means that even if families don’t get to see these episodes on TV, they can still see them on DVD and have the experience be just like it is on television.  Again, it seems like something of a non-factor.  But in the grand scheme of things even something so minor can make a big difference.  Keeping that in mind, the live action segments that are included with this set’s featured episodes prove clearly to be just as important to the collection as its lessons and stories.  When all three elements are taken into consideration together they show in whole why this collection is yet another enjoyable Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood collection for audiences of all ages.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland is hardly the series’ first collection of episodes.  Even with that in mind, it is still another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit animated series for audiences of all ages.  That is due in no small part to the collection’s featured lessons.  When the set’s featured lessons are coupled with the episodes’ stories, that pair will entertain and educate audiences of all ages.  The live action segments that come with the episodes put the finishing touch on the collection.  That is because not only do they drive home the lessons taught in each episode but they also enhance the collection’s viewing experience.  They do so by making the viewing experience feel as if audiences are watching the episodes on television instead of on DVD.  It might not seem like much on the surface, but it plays a big role in the grand scheme of everything.  The importance of each discussed element to the collection’s presentation should be clear by now.  All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland proves, again, to be another enjoyable experience for audiences of all ages.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with all of the latest Daniel Tiger news, games and activities at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ DVD Is Just What The Doctor Ordered

Courtesy:  Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Going to the doctor is no fun.  Whether it be an adult or a child, it is almost as bad as going to the dentist or waiting in line at the DMV.  Of course for parents and adults the dislike of visiting the doctor stems from different roots.  For adults it’s more the issue of the waiting.  For children, the dislike of doctors is more rooted in other factors.  Those other factors create not just a dislike of doctors but a fear of them, too.  In response to that fear and dislike of doctors, the writers behind the family favorite series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood crafted a handful of episodes to address children’s aversion to doctors.  The episodes address those concerns in a way that is accessible to audiences of all ages.  And this past May those episodes were collected for a new collection of episodes in the form of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor.  The episodes themselves are their own collective key element in the DVD’s presentation.  They are not the only key part of the disc’s presentation.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.  Last but hardly least of note in the disc’s presentation are the bonus activities included inside the disc’s case.  Each element is important in its own right to the disc’s presentation.  Altogether they make this collection, the series’ 13th collection, yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

This past May Public Media Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The DVD, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  The disc’s collection of episodes is key to this argument.  It boasts a total of nine episodes.  It should be noted that not every episode is directly connected to the theme of illness and doctors.  There is one episode (“A Stormy Night”) that doesn’t deal with illness and doctors.  Though, it does take on the disc’s secondary theme of facing one’s fears.  Audiences will note that this theme is just as prevalent in the disc’s episodes as the theme of illness and doctors.  That is because every child faces fear of doctors.  Considering this, despite having one episode that is seemingly unlike the others in this collection, the reality is that all nine episodes are tied together through their primary and secondary episodes.  That connection between each episode makes clear why the episodes themselves are so important in this collection’s presentation.  Of course the episodes themselves are just one part of what makes this collection so welcome in any family’s home DVD library.

The episodes that are featured in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor are important in their own right to the disc’s presentation.  That is because they each follow at least one of two themes that connect each one to the others.  The episodes are, collectively, just one of the disc’s key elements, though.  The writing behind each episode is just as important to its presentation as the episodes.  The writing is so important because of the manner in which each episode’s story ties the episodes and their themes together.  Audiences will note that with the exception of just one of the featured stories, each of the stories presented here focuses on doctors and dealing with illness in one way or another.  Some of the stories take place inside the doctor’s office and others take place around Daniel’s neighborhood.  And each presents its own unique scenario.  In “Daniel Gets Better” Daniel has to go to the doctor after injuring his ankle while playing with his little sister Margaret.  On a related note, when Daniel and Miss Elaina get a little too dizzy while playing together ,Miss Elaina falls down and hurts her elbow.  So her mom comes and puts a band-aid on her elbow.  They are two totally different stories yet have similar plots.  “Daniel Gets A Cold” and “Mom Tiger Is Sick” are connected by having one then the other getting sick.  And in “Daniel’s Neighbors Help” Daniel gets sick again.  This time, his parents and friends are there to help him get better just like he helped his mom when she was sick.  The writers even tackle children’s fears of shots in “Daniel Gets A Shot.”  Daniel isn’t sick.  He just has to go to the doctor’s office to get a shot.  Obviously he isn’t happy about it, and even a little afraid.  So it’s up to his mom to help him face his fear.  Again, it is a story that stands on its own merits separate from the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  Yet it still manages ultimately to connect to the stories featured in the disc’s other episodes.  The same applies to the disc’s bonus episode “Daniel Visits The Doctor.”  There’s no sickness this time; just Daniel visiting the doctor for a standard checkup.  It’s just as simple of a story as the others.  Yet it helps drive home the message that doctors are not to be feared.  They are there to help.  Whether through this story or that of any of the set’s other episodes the writing ultimately proves in each episode to be just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  Even as important as both elements prove to be to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements.  The collection also comes with a pair of activities in the disc’s case as bonus material for families.  Those two lessons round out the most important of the disc’s elements.

Both the episodes featured in PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD and the writing therein are important in its own way to the DVD’s overall presentation.  While there is no arguing either element’s importance to the set’s presentation, thy are not its only important elements.  The bonus activities included inside the disc’s case are just as notable as the episodes and their writing.  Both lessons are ways for parents to alleviate children’s fear of the doctor.  The first is an activity involving X-rays.  It encourages parents to discuss with their children the purpose of X-rays.  After discussing what X-rays do, and that they are painless, parents are encouraged to make a pretend x-ray picture with their children.  They do that by tracing their children’s hand or foot on a piece of black construction paper as if it was an actual X-ray picture.  Of course a white crayon, pen, or other writing utensil would be used to make the outline look even more like an X-ray picture.  From there, parents and their children can glue cotton swabs onto the outline to show where the different bones would be.    It is a great way to calm children’s nerves if they are preparing to get an X-ray done.

The second of the disc’s bonus activities is a collage project.  Parents and children can assemble simple medical items such as cotton swabs, band-aids, tongue depressors, and latex gloves on a large piece of poster board.  As they assemble the items on the poster board, parents and children can discuss what each item is and why it is used.  This is another important activity because it serves in its own right to help make a doctor’s visit not so scary for children.  It’s one more way in which the disc’s bonus material proves to be just as important to its presentation as its featured episodes and their writing.  All things considered, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor proves in the end to be another enjoyable collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Goes To The Doctor is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released from PBS Kids’ family favorite series.  It is more than likely not the series’ last collection of episodes, too.  It is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is due in part to the episodes presented in the collection.  Each one is connected to the others through at least on of two different themes that run through each one.  The writing behind each episode is another key element in the set’s presentation.  That is because each story sets itself apart from the others yet still manages to connect each one together just as much as the episodes’ themes.  The bonus activities included inside the DVD’s case play their own part in the set’s presentation, too.  Both activities serve to help lighten children’s fears of the doctor.  Each element is important in its own right to the collection’s presentation, as one can see by now.  All things considered, the elements noted here make this DVD yet another enjoyable collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids’ series and yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with even more activities, printables, and more at:

 

 

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