United we stand and divided we fall. Sadly, it is seeming more and more like America (and the world) is on the brink of falling because we have become so divided by religions, political views and rhetoric. To that end, PBS Distribution and PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community – released just last month – could not have come at a better time. The DVD features eight episodes from the series that promote community unity in eight very different ways. That variety of topics is one of the most important and notable aspects of the DVD and will be addressed shortly. While the episodes each promote community through their own unique fashion, they also serve as starting points for discussions on the various topics, another key aspect of the DVD that will be addressed a little later. Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price range makes it a DVD that proves to be yet another welcome addition to the library of any family and educator. Keeping all of this in mind, Arthur Celebrates Community proves to be a presentation that many audiences will themselves celebrate.
PBS Distribution/PBS Kids’ latest Arthur DVD Arthur Celebrates Community is a presentation that many viewers will celebrate. That is due in pat to the many ways in which its episodes promote that community unity. The whole thing opens with the much-talked about episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which is a story that addresses the issue of gay marriage. The very topic is something that has been extremely divisive in America today, yet is becoming more accepted. This episode serves to continue the fight to make it even more accepted as well as those who are within that community. “The Feud,” which immediately follows that episode, encourages people to not let disputes between two people to infect their own views and spread like some disease. Considering what is going on in America today because of Donald Trump, this message of maintaining community and unity is completely relevant and important. Much the same applies to “When Rivals Came To Roost,” as it reminds us that we cannot let stereotypes and things of the past keep us divided. Again, here is a key message celebrating community and unity. “The Longest eleven Minutes” presents a unique message of community as it reminds audiences of the dangers of becoming so reliant on the internet because of how it has truly separated and dehumanized us. “Muffy’s House Guests” turns things even more as it presents more of a message of biological and ecological unity. Muffy wants to evict the peregrine falcons who have made a home outside her home, but she learns in the long run, the importance that they play in the Earth’s bigger community. The tone changes slightly in “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” as Binky learns a key lesson that sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. That theme continues in “Muffy’s Car Campaign” as she and her friends learn about the impact of locally sourced resources versus those sourced from far away. “Truth Or Poll” goes back to the issue of politics as it points out the negative impact that polls and statistics can have on community. It approaches the topic in a way that is accessible for viewers of all ages, too. All of these episodes considered, it is clear how they all follow the same theme of promoting community and unity by relation. The fact that they follow that one central theme, but in so many ways, makes for plenty of reason for viewers to watch this DVD from start to finish. The commonality of the episodes’ stories, in terms of their theme, is just one key aspect of the DVD. The fact that the varied stories serve as their own starting points for so many topics makes the DVD even more appealing for viewers.
“The Longest Eleven Minutes” is a key example of how the episodes serve as that starting point. In an age when everything is digital and people have come to expect instant gratification and have seemingly forgotten about the beauty of the world, etc. this story is a good stepping stone to remind people of how humans survived prior to the digital age. It reminds viewers that it is possible to survive without so much technology, too. That Arthur’s father was listening to music on a radio instead of an ipad, a cell phone, etc. is proof positive of that. “Muffy’s Car Campaign” and “Binky Can’t Always Get What He Wants” serve collectively as a good starting point for a discussion about putting others’ needs before their own. Such discussions can lead to discussions about the importance of sharing and considering others’ thoughts and feelings. “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” serves as that starting point for discussions on the fact that not everyone is the same and that accepting one another’s differences will help make our global community so much better. “The Feud” and “When Rivals Came To Roost” serves to remind viewers that words can be very powerful, especially when they are words of hurt and stereotyping. This is something with which we as a people deal with even today in the real world. It’s just one more way in which the stories featured on this disc show their importance not just for their stories but for what the stories can do in terms of creating whole new discussions among viewers. Keeping all of this in mind, this DVD proves to have some very engaging and enjoyable content. That content makes the DVD’s average price point money well-spent
The average price point for Arthur Celebrates Community is $5.99. That price is determined by averaging prices from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and PBS’ store. At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed through Walmart. The most expensive of the listings is at PBS’ store and at Books-A-Million, at $6.99 while the least expensive listing is at Amazon and Target at $4.69. Best Buy ($5.99) is the midpoint of the price range while Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $6.58 is just under the most expensive listing. Regardless of which retailer one uses, the fact of the matter is that a portion of the sales will still go to benefit PBS in its efforts to continue to entertain and educate audiences of all ages. It does that and more with this DVD, whose average price point doesn’t even reach $10. Considering that the breadth and depth of the DVD’s content, that is a rather admirable aspect. Keeping this in mind, it joins with that noted content to show even more why Arthur Celebrates Community is such a positive new release from PBS Distribution and PBS Kids. It shows even more why viewers of all ages will celebrate the DVD, which is available now.
Arthur Celebrates Community is another positive new addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Arthur DVDs. That is proven in part through the eight episodes that make up the body of the DVD. The stories each follow the DVD’s central theme of community unity, all in different ways. The discussions that the stories can start among viewers of all ages add to the DVD’s appeal, as noted here. The combination of the stories and those discussions that they can create makes the DVD’s average price point of less than $10 well worth spending as it is certain viewers will find themselves watching all eight of the DVD’s episodes time and again and discussing their content plenty, too. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Arthur Celebrates Community. All things considered, they make the DVD a presentation that audiences of all ages will celebrate. More information on the DVD is available along with lots of printables, activities, games and more at:
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