Between families and grown-ups, plenty of positive content has been released this year on DVD and Blu-ray in the form of newly released box sets. Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s full series presentation of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, Arrow Video’s classic creature feature collection, Cold War Creatures, and the latest collection of classic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood do well to support the noted statements. Between them and so many others, there is more than enough to create a list of this year’s top new DVD/BD box sets overall. Enter Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New DVD/BD Box Sets.
As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the top 10 titles from this year as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15. There’s already some positive news about new releases coming in the new year about new box sets, but in the meantime, the titles on this list will help people pass the time. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New DVD/BD Box Sets list.
PHIL’S PICKS’ 2021 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BD BOX SETS
1.Cold War Creatures
2. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series
3. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection
4. All Creatures Great & Small: Season 1
5. The Watch
6. How To Train Your Dragon: Ultimate Collection
7. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack
8. Jekyll & Hyde
9. Spongebob Squarepants: Season 12
10. Rugrats: The Complete Series
11. Star Trek Discovery: Season 3
12. Doom Patrol: Season 2
13. Josie & The Pussycats In Outer Space: The Complete Series
14. Human: The World Within
15. Thundarr The Barbarian: The Complete Series
Okay that it’s for this list. There is still one more list to go for this year. It will come tomorrow in the form of the year’s top new family friendly DVDs/ Stay tuned!
Maybe it is just this critic, but it seems that increasingly the case that families are becoming increasingly segregated in their own homes. That is due to the advancement of technology and to the fact that there seems to be less programming than ever for families to watch together. Even if there is less for families to watch together, it does not mean that there is nothing out there. PBS and its home distribution arm proved that true this year with their new family DVD box sets alongside Nickelodeon, Universal, Warner Brothers and other companies.
This year actually saw a wide range of enjoyable new DVD and Blu-ray box sets for the whole family to enjoy together, not the least of which was another new collection of classic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes from PBS and PBS Distribution. The first time release of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius from Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory is another great new offering for the whole families that released this year. Even fans of Universal’s How To Train Your Dragon franchise got something special recently in the franchise’s “Ultimate Collection.” All three of these titles and plenty of others make up what are this year’s top new family DVD and BD box sets list from Phil’s Picks. Between these new releases, new offerings from Nickelodeon’s Loud House,Spongebob Squarepants, and The Casagrandes, another new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood collection from PBS/PBS Kids/PBS Distribution, and so many other releases, this year showed that thankfully there is at least still some programming left for families to enjoy together.
As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this collection features the year’s Top 10 new releases in the given category and five honorable mention titles for a total of 15. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Family DVD/BD Box Sets.
PHIL’S PICKS‘ 2021 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVD/BD BOX SETS
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Mister Rogers Meets New Friends Collection
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series
Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete 12th Season
Loud House: Season 3 Volume 1
Loud House: Season 3 Volume 2
The Casagrandes: Season 1
How To Train Your Dragon: The Ultimate Collection
Curious George: 5 Movie Collection
Rugrats: The Complete Series
PBS Kids’ 20 Snowy Stories
Garfield & Friends: The Grumpy Cat Collection
Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space
Thundarr The Barbarian: The Complete Series
Animaniacs Season 1
It should be added as a special note, this year marks the first time ever that Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space and Thundarr The Barbrian have ever gotten a proper, official release. There are DVD releases for those titles, but they are not official releases. They are DVD-R sets that Hannah Barbera and Amazon partnered to release, so they are not official. This year’s BD releases of the series’ are in fact the real deal. They are released through Warner Archives and are well worth the money and the watch. Speaking of the watch, that show is one of the many that made Phil’s Picks’ 2021 Top 10 New Grown-Up DVD/BD Box Sets list. That list will come Monday, so stay tuned!
The unofficial start of the annual holiday season is only days away. For those who don’t know, that is a reference to Halloween. As Halloween nears, many are already turning their attention to colder weather and Christmas, including officials with PBS Kids and PBS Distribution. The companies are scheduled to release two new seasonal DVD collections Oct. 19 on DVD in the form of PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids Christmas Collection. The collections, one a double-disc collection and the other a single-disc set, are successful new offerings. Their success comes in part through the episodes featured in the set. This will be examined shortly. While the featured episodes do plenty to keep viewers engaged and entertained, the sets are not perfect. Each collection suffers in the way of their packaging. This element will be examined a little later. The sets’ pricing rounds out their most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collections. All things considered, they make the collections wonderful ways for families to get into the seasonal and holiday spirit.
PBS Kids and PBS Distribution’s upcoming DVD collections, PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids Christmas Collection are mostly successful offerings from the companies. Their success is due in large part to their featured episodes. The episodes are culled from a variety of PBS Kids’ most beloved series past and present, such as Arthur, Splash & Bubbles, and Word World just to name a few. Also featured are episodes from the likes of Let’s Go Luna!, Dinosaur Train, and World World just to name a few more. For the most part, the episodes feature stories that match the collections’ titles, too. The only episode that is out of place is the Dinosaur Train episode, “Cretacious Conifers.” Featured in the 20 Snowy Stories collection, it has no snow or even ice. Yes, there is a mention of the winter solstice at points throughout, but it also focuses heavily on more of a Christmas theme as the story progresses. To that end, it seems more of a fit on the Christmas Collection set. While the Ready Jet Go! episodes featured in the 20 Snowy Stories collection are a little bit of a stretch – they feature Jet and his friends bringing ice back from outer space to beat the summer heat in two separate ways and for two separate reasons – they do at least fit a little bit.
In the case of the Christmas Collection, its episodes are more uniformly in line with its title. One of the most notable of its episodes is “Luna’s Christmas Around the World.” After getting stuck in Antarctica thanks to the captain of the ship on which they are riding, Andy, Carmen and Leo lean from the members of the Circo Fabuloso how Christmas is celebrated in different regions of the world. By the episode’s end, the kids learn the most important lesson of all about Christmas as they finally get the boat working again and leave Antarctica.
WordWorld’s episode, “The Christmas Star” is another of the most notable of the Christmas Collection episodes. The title sounds like something that might present a religious theme, but that could not be farther from the truth. Rather, in this case, Duck is on a search for the Christmas star because it belongs on top of the Christmas tree that he and his friends have put up. Duck wants to use the star as his present to his friends. Of course it has a happy ending that also ties in a basic spelling lesson.
Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas has already been released on a standalone Wild Kratts DVD. That aside, it is still welcome here. In this extended episode, it’s up to Chris, Martin and their friends to save a group of animal babies from Zach Varmitech after he kidnaps the cute, cuddly creatures for use as ornaments on his own metal Christmas tree. As with every other episode in which the guys face off against Zach, they come out on top and get the animals back to the wild and living free. How it happens will be left for audiences to discover for themselves if they have not yet seen this special episode. Between this episode, the others examined here and the rest of those in this set and in 20 Snowy Stories, the episodes in whole make for more than enough reason to add these collections to one’s home library. This is the case even though at least one episode is a bit out of place in its collection.
While the episodes featured in these collections form a strong foundation for the sets, the collections are not necessarily perfect. The lack of an episode guide anywhere in the packaging detracts from the presentations to a point. The episode guides are obviously there when audiences put the sets’ discs into their DVD and/or Blu-ray players, but they are not printed anywhere within the packaging. As a result, audiences are forced to figure out and essentially memorize which episodes are aligned with which discs. Yes, this is an aesthetic issue, but it would certainly help the presentation because it would save audiences time and effort in trying to decide which episode(s) they want to watch. Instead of the episodes, the packaging lists the episodes’ sponsors inside the case. That could have been done on the back of each set’s case. This is not enough to make the presentations failures, but certainly would have benefited the sets’ presentations.
Keeping in mind that the lack of episode guides in the set is not enough to completely ruin them, there is one more positive to address. It comes in the form of the collections’ pricing. The average price point for PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories is $7.95. Rounded up, it is a mere $8.00. That price is obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ store. Books-A-Million and PBS are the only retailers that exceed that price point, while the majority of the others list the double-disc collection at either $6.95 or $6.99. Best Buy lists the collection at $7.99, which while a few cents over the average, is still right in line with the average price point. Considering the amount of content featured across the set and the representation of the PBS Kids shows, that affordable price point definitely proves positive and money well-spent.
The average price point for PBS Kids: Christmas Collection is $11.33. That price was reached by averaging prices at the noted retailers. Amazon’s listing of $29.99 is either an anomaly or just outright incorrect, but for the most part, it is listed between $6.69 and $9.99, with a middle ground of $7.99, listed through Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Books-A-Million and PBS each list the single-disc set at $9.99. Walmart and Target each have the least expensive listing, at $6.69. Yet again, these prices are mostly such that they will not break anyone’s budget. Knowing how much content even this set features, that knowledge makes purchasing the set even more encouraging, too. Keeping in mind the affordability noted in each set along with the content featured in each collection, those elements make the sets well worth owning and successes in their own right. That is even with the issue of the lack of episode guides in mind. One becomes one more of this year’s top new family DVDs and BDs while the other more than earns its spot among the year’s top new family DVD and BD box sets.
PBS Kids and PBS Distribution’s forthcoming seasonal/holiday DVD sets, 20 Snowy Stories and Christmas Collection are successful new offerings from the companies. Their success comes in large part through their featured episodes. The episodes largely follow the theme of each set’s title. They also teach important lessons within the stories. That education and entertainment that they offer is sure to keep audiences engaged and entertained. While the episodes are the key point of the collections, the lack of any episode guide in either set detracts from the sets’ presentation to a point. It is not enough to make the sets failures, but still does hurt them to a point. Keeping in mind the breadth and depth of the content featured in each set, the sets’ pricing proves positive, too. That is because their pricing proves so affordable for the most part. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the collections. All things considered, they make each set successful by themselves and collectively.
PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Stories and PBS Kids: Christmas Collection are scheduled for release Oct. 19. More information on these and other titles from PBS Kids is available online at:
PBS Distribution will bring a new collection of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes to DVD next month.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack is scheduled for release Feb. 9. The collection’s 50 total episodes are spread across three discs. One of the set’s featured stories features Daniel going to Baker Aker’s bakery to pick out a birthday cake. When the cake is damaged, Daniel learns the lesson that just because the cake is messed up, it is still edible and tasty.
In a throwback to one of the most beloved episodes of the original Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel and his friends visit the crayon factory in yet another of the set’s featured episodes. Daniel learns that going to the doctor for a checkup is not as scary as he thinks in yet another of the collection’s stories.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Tigertastic 50 Pack will retail for MSRP of $19.99. Pre-orders are open.
More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with activities, games, printouts and more at:
PBS, PBS Kids and Nickelodeon are some of the most important television networks for children today. In an age when it seems like families are becoming increasingly segregated within their own homes thanks to technology and general television programming that is anything but family friendly, these networks continued to provide so much content to bring families together in 2020. That content was presented not just on the small screen, but also on DVD and Blu-ray. To that extent, even new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays deserve their own year-end best of list. That list is what is presented here from Phil’s Picks. This year’s list of top new children’s DVDs and Blu-rays pulls mainly from the noted networks, and even from Warner Brothers. Topping the list this year is S.T.E.M. programming from Nickelodeon in the form of a new DVD from Blaze and the Monster Machines. Also featured in this list is new content from series, such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, and even a certain Cartoon Network movie.
As with every other year-ender list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the year’s Top 10 New titles and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles. Without any further ado here is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Children’s DVDs & Blu-rays.
PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW CHILDREN’S DVDS & BLU-RAYS
Blaze and the Monster Machines – Knight Riders
The Berenstain Bears – Bear Family Vacation
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Explore The Outdoors
Tex Avery – Screwball Classics Vol. 1
Tex Avery – Screwball Classics Vol. 2
Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Ben 10 vs. The Universe
Blaze and the Monster Machines – Race for the Golden Treasure
Elmo’s World – Things Elmo Loves
Monster Hits – Rock & Rhyme With Elmo
Paw Patrol – Dino Rescue
Paw Patrol – Mighty Pups – Super Paws
Paw Patrol – Jet to the Rescue
Garfield World Two Movie Collection
Up next from Phil’s Picks is the year’s Top 10 new Family DVD & Blu-ray Box sets. Stay tuned for that.
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.
More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with activities, games, printouts and more at:
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 Neighborhood: Explore The Outdoors will retail for MSRP of $6.99. Pre-orders are open now.
More information on this and other Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs is available online now along with activities, games, printouts and more at:
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:
PBS Distribution will release a new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood double feature DVD next month.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel 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:
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: