Hank, Pattie & The Current Is A Solid Debut For Smith, Kinlaw, And Company

Courtesy:  Robust Records

Courtesy: Robust Records

Six years ago The Morning After released its debut album Starless Nights.  The eleven-song record was an impressive first effort from the Raleigh, North Carolina-based sextet.  After extensive touring and writing, the band finally released its sophomore album Wonder & Fury four years later.  Sadly it looks as though that album would also be the band’s last as the band has apparently gone on an indefinite hiatus.  In its place former members Hank Smith and Pattie Hawkins Kinlaw joined forces to start a new band, Hank, Pattie, and The Current.  The band recently released its debut album on the Chapel Hill, NC-based label Robust Records.  The fourteen-song, fifty-two minute record is a welcome return for the duo and its new band mates.  Largely gone are the poppier sounds crafted by The Morning After.  They have been replaced here by a mix of pure folk and bluegrass.  Kinlaw’s vocals are just as powerful as ever.  And Smith’s own work on the banjo is just as impressive.  The added talents of the duo’s fellow musicians enrich the album even more.  The end result is an album that gives great hope that Smith and Kinlaw have finally hit on something and are finally on the right path.  It is one of the year’s top new offerings in the combined fields of folk, bluegrass, country, and Americana.

Hank, Pattie, and The Current is a good new start for Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw.  Unlike the duo’s work in their previous band the songs featured in this record present an album that comes across as being far more focused.  That is evident as the “poppy” sounds so common in that work have been replaced by a purer combination of bluegrass, folk, and Americana.  One of the songs that best exemplifies the noted bluegrass sound is ‘Travelin’ Man.’ The song comes almost halfway through the album’s fifty-two minute run time.  In regards to its musical content, this is as pure as bluegrass can get.  It is very much akin to the work that Smith composed on his 2014 album Impulse alongside Lindsay Tims.  Even in a supporting role here Smith is impressive in his picking.  Mrs. Kinlaw is just as deserving of credit thanks to her work on the fiddle.  Of course vocalist Benjamin Parker can’t be ignored either as he sings about…well…a traveling man.  He is a man with no roots and apparently just can’t settle down no matter how hard he tries.  Parker’s subject notes this as he sings, “I’ve been in and out of places/And it’s always hard to stay/Try to tell the ladies I’m broken/Try to fend them all away/When they see that handsome stranger/Their hearts are sure to cave/And as far back as I can remember/I’ve traveled ‘cross this land/So baby/Try not to be tempted/’Cause I’m a travelin’ man.”  He even goes so far as to note his efforts to settle down, singing, “Try to do some changes/Make my habits like the rest/Settle down and make a living/But that didn’t pass the test/So rev up the engines/And let’s go someplace fine/But keep that tank full, baby/Cause I’ll be leavin’ in your time.”  Simply put this is a man who cannot sit still no matter how hard he tries.  It just isn’t in his nature.  It is a timeless lyrical theme used throughout the history of bluegrass and country.  And it works just as well here as in the countless cases in which it has been used before.  The energy exhibited in the song’s musical content couples with Parker’s lyrics and his vocal swagger to show clearly why this song is one of this record’s highest points.  They also collectively help to exhibit the previously noted focus present throughout this record.  In whole it is just one song that serves to show that focus.  ‘Better Life’ is another of the record’s offerings that shows said focus.

‘Travelin’ Man’ is an excellent example of the focus presented throughout the course of Hank, Pattie & The Current.  The song’s hybrid country/bluegrass sound and its timeless lyrical theme couple with the swagger in vocalist Benjamin Parker’s delivery to make it a song that every bluegrass and country fan should hear and will want to hear.  It is as pure as country and bluegrass can get.  It is just one of the songs included in this record that exhibits the group’s focus.  ‘Better Life’ is another song that exhibits that focus.  The Americana style sound of the song’s musical arrangement forms the song’s foundation.  Between Smith and Kinlaw’s own work and that of their fellow musicians, the arrangement in question presents itself as a beautiful and moving composition.  It is a gentle, flowing piece that will touch listeners at their deepest points even without the song’s lyrical content.  What is interesting is the song’s choice of lyrical content.  It delivers a handful of stories that are classic country through and through.  They are stories of life’s difficult situations beginning with a story of a person helping friends move away after trying so hard to keep the situation from happening.  There is also a short little story about a person working hard, trying to make a life for himself and his family.  It all ends with a person sitting at a bar, drinking his sorrows away after having lost his woman.  From one story to the next Kinlaw and Parker tug so hard at listeners’ heart strings as they present the stories.  This is so important to note because in reality, without the addition of those stories, this song honestly would have been a completely different composition had it been just an instrumental piece.  Its musical arrangement alone gives the song a completely different, more optimistic vibe.  Keeping in mind all of this it becomes clear why ‘Better Life’ is another important addition to Hank, Pattie & The Current.  It shows a real, clear focus among the musicians.  It still is not the last song that exemplifies that focus, either.  ‘Wilkesboro Waltz’ is yet another wonderful example of that focus.

‘Travelin’ Man’ and ‘Better Life’ are both wonderful examples of the focus presented by Smith, Kinlaw, and their fellow musicians in the group’s debut self-titled LP.  The prior is a pure bluegrass piece that also presents a hint of country both in its musical arrangement and its lyrical theme.  The latter is a beautiful, moving piece that will touch listeners in so many ways thanks to its lyrical and musical content.  The musical content alone presents a moving piece that presents a rather positive vibe.  However, that vibe completely changes with the addition of its lyrical content.  That dual presentation makes this song one of the album’s highest points and most important additions.  As important as both songs are to the album’s presentation they are not the album’s only important songs.  ‘Wilkesboro Waltz’ is one more example of the focus presented throughout this record.  The song is a completely instrumental composition.  Its gentle, flowing melody, conjures images of warm summer sunrises in the North Carolina mountains, the dew drying on the plants, and fog from the night before gently lifting as the hours pass.  From the melody to the two-part harmony the song boasts a pure folk sound that even harkens back to the European roots of the style.  It is a sound that every lover of folk, Americana, bluegrass, and country will appreciate.  It is just one more prime example of what makes this record such an impressive debut from Hank, Pattie & The Current.  Together with the album’s other offerings it proves in the end to be a solid new beginning for Smith, Kinlaw, and their new band mates, and hopefully one that will lead to a long and fruitful career for years to come.

Hank, Pattie & The Current is only the first full-length offering from Hank Smith, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw, and their new band mates.  Even being their first, there is a wholly noticeable difference between this group and The Morning After, Smith and Kinlaw’s previous band.  This record is so much more focused than those of The Morning After.  Its sound is more directed and pure.  Its lyrical content adds to that focus.  The songs noted here are prime examples of that focus.  The songs not noted here could just as easily be cited in that argument.  All things considered Hank, Patti & The Current proves in the end to be a solid new beginning for Smith, Kinlaw, and their new band mates.  Hopefully it is only the beginning in a long and fruitful career for the band.  More information on Hank, Pattie & The Current is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news, tour updates and more at:

 

 

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PBS Releasing New Episodes of Secrets of the Dead, NOVA In July

PBS Distribution has new episodes of PBS’ Secrets of the Dead and NOVA on the way this summer.

Courtesy:  PBS/Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

On Tuesday, July 5th PBS Distribution will release new episodes of Secrets of the Dead and NOVA on DVD.  Up first is Secrets of the Dead: Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb.  Everybody knows the story of Cleopatra and Marc Antony.  Her story has eve been made into a major motion picture starring legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor in the movie’s starring role.  For all that people know about Cleopatra (both fact and fiction) one thing still remains unknown—the actual place where she is buried.  This episode of Secrets of the Dead follows lawyer turned archaeologist Kathleen Martinez as she endeavors to find the famed queen’s final resting place.  What happens over the course of the program is quite intriguing to say the least.  This latest episode of Secrets of the Dead is a must have for any living room and classroom.  It will be available Tuesday, July 5th.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.

Courtesy:  PBS/Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

The second of PBS Distribution’s July 5th titles is NOVA: Vikings Unearthed.  It is not the first of PBS’ programs ever centered on the infamous Norsemen.  But it is just as interesting as the network’s previous offerings centered on the Vikings.  This episode of NOVA follows researchers as they examine what may be the first new North American Viking site to be uncovered in half a century.  The last site to be discovered was in Newfoundland in the 1960s.  Now researchers have found another site in Newfoundland that they believe may be another Viking settlement.  The researchers–space archaeologist Dr. Sarah Parcak (National Geographic Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and winner of the TED 2016 prize), archaeologist Douglas Bolender (University of Massachusetts, Boston), and historian Dan Snow—is joined by a number of other experts from around the globe as they excavate and examine the site at Point Rosee in southern Newfoundland.  Satellite imagery, CGI recreations, and more is used throughout the investigation.

The investigation of the site is just part of the program’s story.  Also included in this episode of NOVA is an examination of the Vikings’ history, from their expertise in sailing and trading to the myths surrounding their culture and more.  The program runs roughly one hour, counting opening and end credits.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 but can be pre-ordered online direct now at a discounted price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can view a trailer for NOVA: Vikings Unearthed online now here.

 

Courtesy:  PBS

Courtesy: PBS

 

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The Rescue Bots Roll To The Rescue Again Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Discovery Family/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory is teaming up with Hasbro Studios once again this summer to release yet another installment of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots this summer.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, Jun 21st.  Levar Burton’s (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers) character Doc Greene gets the spotlight in most of the collection’s episodes.  Case in point “One For The Ages.”  This Season 2 episode sees Cody turned into an adult by Doc Greene’s stasis machine while Kade has to take over Griffin Rock Emergency while Chief Burns falls ill.  In Season 3’s “Too Many Kades” Doc Greene’s Imaging Chamber stars making clones of Kade.  Each one has its own personality.  This leads to its own share of problems for Cody and the Rescue Bots.  Meanwhile Kade learns a valuable lesson about teamwork when gas leak at the Natural Gas Reserve.  And in another Season 3 episode, “I have Heard The Robots Singing,” Doc Greene’s inventions cause even more chaos.  This time Doc Greene’s Tone-O-Tuner is the culprit.  Priscilla Pynch originally got her hands on it in one of her devious plots.  But when Huxley Prescott accidentally runs into it with his van, it leads to everyone in Griffin Rock singing everything that they say instead of just speaking.  Of course Doc Greene’s tech isn’t the only cause of problems for the people of Griffin Rock.  In “The Island of Misfit Tech” (obviously an homage to Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer’s Island of Misfit Toys) an out of control mechanical bull sends Cody and the Rescue Bots to the mysterious Island via the “Beam Box.”  Even Doc Greene isn’t sure who built the box.  As they explore the island, Cody and company discover that it is populated by the world’s most dangerous technology is stored.  “Space Bots” is another episode proving that Doc Greene isn’t always at the heart of the Rescue Bots’ adventures.  Though, Doc Greene himself is at the center of the episode as he and Graham have to be saved when an experiment with a space elevator called the Asgard goes horribly wrong.  It’s up to Cody and the Rescue Bots to save them.

The five episodes that are featured in Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech all feature the same theme.  They are lifted from the series’ second and third season.  The DVD will be available in stores and online Tuesday, January 21st.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.93 but can be pre-ordered online now at the discounted price of $13.93 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-heroes-of-tech.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Going Wild Again This Summer With New LPS Collection

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios/Discovery Family

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios have teamed up once again to release another new collection of episodes from the former Discovery Family series Littlest Pet Shop.

Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 14th.  This latest collection features five more episodes from the former Discovery Family series. In this collection’s episodes, Russell challenges Sunil and Vinnie in a contest to entertain a new raccoon named Mr. VonFuzzlebut in “Sleeper.”  Things don’t exactly turn out as any of them had planned, of course.  And in the same episode Blythe’s furry friends face a threat from the outside when Fisher Bizkit sends his daughters to find out why Littlest Pet Shop is so successful.  Blythe learns an important lesson about friendship in “Why Can’t We Be Friends” as she tosses away her old friends upon meeting a new friend.  Meanwhile in the same episode Vinnie learns his own lesson about friendship when he befriends a spider even though Sunil, his original friend, is afraid of spiders.  And in “Room Enough” Blythe has to deal with a very curious kitten while deciding on how to re-organize her room.  These are just some of the stories presented in this latest collection.  There is also a special two-part episode included in the collection that features a guest appearance from one Heidi Klum (America’s Got Talent).

All five episodes included in Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends follow the general theme of friendship.  They are each also lifted from the series’ third season.  Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends will be available in stores and online Tuesday, June 14th.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.93 but can be pre-ordered at a discounted price of $13.93 now via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/littlest-pet-shop-making-friends.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date For Maude: The Complete Fifth Season

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Bea Arthur is returning to TVs again this summer.  No, she’s not a zombie.  She is returning thanks to the people at Shout! Factory.

Shout! Factory will release the fifth season of the late, great actresses’ series Maude this summer.  Maude: The Complete Fifth Season will be released Tuesday, June 14th in stores and online.  Season Five is loaded with just as much heart and sharp humor as the series’ previous four seasons.  This time out, there are some interesting discussions on gender roles in “Feminine Fulfillment,” “The Election,” and “Mrs. Naugatuck’s Wedding.”  Rue McClanahan is forced to face her issues with funerals (and death in the bigger picture) in the season premiere “Vivian’s First Funeral.”  The issue of race is tackled in the season finale when Maude gets anew housekeeper in the aptly titled “The New Maid.”  These are just some of the storylines that will keep audiences entertained and engaged throughout Season Five’s twenty-four total episodes.  There are plenty more laughs to be had throughout that span including Walter battling with his own sexuality in “Arthur’s Worry,” Maude getting on a TV game show in “The Game Show” and some extended family troubles for Maude in “Maude’s Aunt.”

The laughs that are offered this season are just part of the season’s enjoyment.  There are guest appearances by Michael Keaton (Birdman, Batman, Batman Returns), Nanette Fabray (One Day at a Time, The Hollywood Squares, The Bandwagon), Charles Lane (It’s A Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), Eugene Roche (Webster, Slaughterhouse-Five, When A Man Loves a Woman) and others.

Maude: The Complete Fifth Season will be available in stores and online Tuesday, June 14th.  It will retail for MSRP of $26.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $22.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/maude-season-five.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory To Take Audiences Into The Stars This Summer

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is taking audiences into the final frontier this summer.

Shout! Factory will launch audiences into space this summer in the brand new documentary IMAX: Journey To Space.  The program is the first of Shout! Factory’s Giant Screen films.  It will be released on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 and will be available on separate Blu-ray and 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray 2-disc combo packs.  Both platforms will include trailers, a photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.  It is narrated by veteran actor and thespian Sir Patrick Stewart.

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

The story presented in IMAX: Journey to Space follows NASA in its next ambitious era.  This includes the agency’s plans and preparations for a manned flight to Mars, capturing asteroids, and much more.  It puts the kibosh on the belief that NASA’s space program ended with the end of its shuttle program.  Throughout the course of the story there are interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson (Commander of the final shuttle mission), Serena Aunon (an astronaut chosen for future flights), and others used to help tell the documentary’s story.  It also offers a historical context to the impact of the shuttle program in discussing NASA’s future.

IMAX: Journey To Space will be available in stores Tuesday, June 7th.  The standalone Blu-ray will retail for MSRP of $19.99.  The 4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray combo pack will retail for MSRP of $39.93.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at the respective discounted prices of $16.99 (Blu-ray) and $34.93 (4K UHD + 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray) via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/documentary/journey-to-space.  A trailer for the program is available there, too.

 

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

 

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Every Family Will Enjoy Kate & Mim-Mim’s Latest DVD

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Kate and her fuzzy bunny friend Mim-Mim are back on DVD.  A little more than two months after the release of its first American DVD Public Media Distribution has released the Disney Jr. series’ second DVD in the formm of Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies.  This latest collection is an interesting new offering from Public Media Disribution.  It has its share of positives.  But it also has one negative in comparison to the series’ previous DVD collection Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers.  That will be discussed later.  Luckily its positives outweigh its negatives making it in the end another collection of episodes that will be welcome in any family’s home DVD library.

Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies is officially available today.  The second official American compilation from Disney Jr.’s hit computer animated series, it is another welcome collection in any family’s home DVD library.  The stories that are presented within the collection’s episodes are at the center of the set’s presentation.  On the surface the stories are just fun, turn-off-your-brain pieces for audiences of all ages.  On another level they teach some important lessons.  Those lessons will be discussed later.  For the moment, the focus will be on the stories just as stories.  The set’s title episode presents a fun little story that sees Kate and her friends planning a balloon parade.  There are plenty of laughs for every family throughout the episode.  “Cloud Castle” is the set’s second episode.  This episode sees Kate and her friends create a cloud castle (that looks oddly like a bouncy castle) as Kate and her parents enjoy a day of cloud watching together.  Things aren’t perfect though for Kate and her friends.  That is because the cloud castle ends up floating away with Kate and company inside.  So it’s up to Kate to get everyone back down to the ground safely.  And in “Clean Sweep,” the set’s closer Kate and her friends have to stop Tach’s pile of inventions after thy “escape” from their container.  They “escape” because Tach didn’t properly clean them up.  This leads right into the story’s focus lesson, which will be discussed later.  Each of the stories featured within this set is entertaining in its own right.  That is because each one allows audiences of all ages to just turn off their brains and enjoy.  They also present situations that are relatively realistic for parents with small children.  That ability for audiences to relate to the stories and still be entertained makes the stories collectively one of the set’s most important elements.  While the stories are undeniably important to the overall presentation of Kate & Mim-Mim’s latest DVD it does have at least one con.  That con in question is the set’s episodes.

The stories that are featured in Kate & Mim-Mim’s latest DVD are undeniably important to the DVD’s presentation.  That is thanks to their ability to entertain audiences of all ages while being able to relate to those same audiences with their presented situations.  The stories do plenty to help the DVD’s presentation.  That goes without saying.  However the DVD isn’t perfect.  It does suffer from at least one glaring con.  That con is its featured episodes.  This time out only three episodes have been presented.  That is half of what was presented to audiences in Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers.  Figuring that the series now boasts two seasons worth of episodes, and each full half-hour presentation features two episode each, one can’t help but wonder why this collection only presents three episodes versus six.  It isn’t like there aren’t enough episodes to make up a larger collection.  Keeping that in mind, having only three episodes this time out is in fact a factor that cannot be ignored in this DVD’s presentation.  At least with that reduced number of episodes its price is roughly half that of its predecessor by at least half.  To that end, the reduced number of episodes is still a con.  But it isn’t so bad as to make this collection not worth the watch.  It makes that number a small dent in the DVD’s presentation, and the only dent for that matter.  The lessons that are presented within each episode’s story makes up for that dent.

The stories that are presented in Kate & Mim-Mim’s new DVD Balloon Buddies are plenty of reason for any family to add the DVD to their home DVD libraries.  This is the case even with the number of episodes in this collection being half that of the series’ previous DVD.  Keeping that in mind, the lessons that are presented in each of the stories add even more reason for families to add the collection to their home DVD libraries.  The lessons, much like the stories, easily reach audiences of all ages.  That is because they are lessons that apply in audiences’ everyday life.  The lesson at the heart of the set’s lead episode is one simply of problem solving.  When Kate wanted to make the perfect balloon for Mim-Mim she thought about what would be best for him and then had to figure out how to make said balloon.  The set’s second episode is much simpler in its lesson—using one’s imagination.  That is the lesson at the heart of the episode believe it or not.  It just encourages children to use their imaginations.  Now while this may not see like much on the surface, it is actually far more important than some might realize.   The use of imagination is an important part of every child’s development.  Thus this story’s lesson encourages that growth, again proving its importance.  “Clean Sweep” rounds out the set.  And its lesson is just as important as those presented in the previous episodes.  It teaches the lesson of cleaning up after one’s self and doing so responsibly for that matter.  This lesson is taught as Kate is trying to clean her room but didn’t necessarily do so the right way.  What parents will like here is that Kate’s mom doesn’t get mad at her for it.  Rather she encourages proper cleaning by telling her that she’ll help her and doing so with a positive, gentle tone.  Again, it doesn’t seem like much on the surface.  But in reality it is a hugely important lesson that audiences of all ages will appreciate.  The lesson is pressed home even more as Tach doesn’t properly clean up his inventions, leading them to “escape” their container and wreck havoc on Mimiloo.  Eventually it all explodes everywhere, leading Tach and the rest of Kate’s friends to have to clean things up again.  This time they do it right just like Kate did with her room.  It shows doubly the importance of keeping things clean and not just trying to do so through shortcuts.  Yet again, here is proof of the importance of the lessons featured in the set’s featured stories.  Together with the stories themselves, both elements work together to show once and for all why Balloon Buddies is another welcome Kate & Mim-Mim collection in any family’s home DVD library even with its minimal number of episodes.

Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies is, much as with its predecessor, a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is thanks in part to the stories that are featured in the set’s episodes.  Audiences of all ages will enjoy the stories because they require so little thought.  They are just fun little turn-off-your-brain stories.  What’s more they are also accessible to said audiences.  That is because of their ability to reach audiences with their situations.  The lessons that are taught in each episode solidify the DVD’s presentation even more.  They work with the stories to keep audiences entertained and engaged.  Both elements do plenty to make this DVD welcome in any family’s home.  This is the case even with the set presenting half the episodes featured in the series’ previous DVD, Flight of the Flowers.  The set’s equally reduced price makes up for that reduced number of episodes.  Keeping that in mind, the collection in whole proves in the end to, again, be another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Kate & Mim-Mim is available along with games, activities and more at:

 

 

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