On July 16th, 1945 the world got its first glimpse of the destructive power of the atom bomb. It was on that day that the bomb was first tested in the New Mexico desert. This past July PBS marked the seventieth anniversary of its testing with a new documentary simply titled The Bomb. Now audiences have the chance to own the program for themselves as it will be made available next month.
PBS Kids will release a special new DVD from its hit animated series Arthur later this month.
PBS Kids will release Arthur: Fountain Abbey on DVD Tuesday, January 27th. The Downton Abbey-inspired special focuses on Muffy Crosswire as she makes a stunning discovery about her family’s past. Muffy Crosswire has always known that her great-great grandmother Mary Alice was royalty. However, she learns in this special new episode of Arthur that what she knew wasn’t necessarily the case. It turns out that Mary Alice was not royalty but a common maid. This leads Muffy on a search for answers. The search leads her to her great-great grandmother’s diary. When she reads the diary, Muffy learns even more about Mary Alice, the estate where she worked and more. The revelations in the diary eventually give way to a whole new view of and appreciation for her great-great grandmother and her own humble family history. On the surface, this episode is a tribute to what has become one of the biggest series on television today. On another level, the episode teaches young viewers about the importance of knowing their roots and having an appreciation for those roots.
Fountain Abbey is coupled on this disc with three more episodes, the first of which it titled “Arthur Calls It.” Arthur learns about the power of peer pressure in this episode and its potential consequences. When Arthur calls his best friend Buster out during a baseball game, he ends up with a lot on his mind.
The second of the disc’s companion episodes, “Whip. Mix. Blend” isn’t what some might think. Its title is misleading. In this episode, Arthur’s friend Rattles sees his mom dating one Archie Vanderloo. Archie has two young children of his own—twins no less. As Archie and Rattles’ mother get closer, Rattles finds himself having to learn what it’s like to be part of a blended family. This episode is just as important as the others on the disc as it presents a very realistic situation to which many families today can relate. The result is an episode from which many audiences will take at least something.
“Staycation’ rounds out the disc’s episodes. In this episode, it’s absolute chaos when Arthur tells his parents that he’ll babysit for them so that they can get some much needed r&r albeit in their own backyard. Arthur learns that babysitting isn’t as easy as he might have thought thanks to his little sister D.W. being on the loose.
Along with the disc’s four episodes, audiences are also offered bonus printable coloring pages and activities.
Arthur: Fountain Abbey will retail for MSRP of $6.99. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575116&cp=&kw=arthur+fountain+abbey&origkw=Arthur+Fountain+Abbey&sr=1. More episodes of Arthur and games are available online at http://www.pbskid.org/arthur. Viewers can get more information on this special episode of Arthur and all of the latest news on the series both there and through its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/PBSArthur. 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.