LPS: Making Friends Is A “Little” Collection That Boasts Big Fun For The Whole Family

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

The Littlest Pet Shop is officially open for business once again.  That is because Shout! Factory Kids has released yet another new compilation of episodes from the family favorite animated series.  Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends was released in stores and online earlier this month.  And there is plenty for parents and children alike to appreciate about this latest collection beginning with its episodes.  They are collectively just one of the collection’s important elements.  The writing behind each episode is just as important as the episodes.  Last but not least of note within these episodes are the musical numbers presented throughout.  Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends.  Altogether they make this latest collection of episodes another little collection that once again boasts lots of big fun for the whole family.

Shout! Factory Kids’ new Littlest Pet Shop DVD Littlest Pet Shop: Making Friends is another little collection that once again boasts lots of big fun for the whole family.  This is due at least in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection. This new DVD, the series’ tenth, features five more (technically four since one of the episodes is a two-part episode) episodes loaded with fun for the whole family.  What especially makes the episodes themselves so important to the collection is that each one follows the same underlying theme of making friends.  That theme is presented in different ways from one episode to the next and will be discussed shortly.  That is tied into the episodes’ writing.  The continuous theme presented throughout these episodes is just one part of what makes the episodes important to note in this collection.  Audiences will be just as happy to note in this collection that all five (or four, whichever side of that argument one chooses) episodes come from the same season—Season 3.  Adding to that all they are presented in chronologic order for all intents and purposes.  Obviously not every episode from Season 3 is here.  But in examining the order of the episodes presented on the disc, they are presented in the same order as they appeared in their original broadcast.  All that was missing was the episodes in between.  Though, many of those other episodes have already been presented in previous LPS collections.  One can only hope that eventually after the series’ full four seasons have been presented in its standalone sets, the whole of Season 3 (and the series’ other three seasons) will see a proper complete release for true fans of the series.  That is a discussion for another time.  Getting back on track, the episodes presented in LPS: Making Friends prove in the end to be hugely important to the set’s presentation.  They are collectively not the set’s only important element.  The actual writing within the episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented in Shout! Factory Kids’ new LPS collection are in their own right hugely important to the set’s presentation.  One reason for that is that all of the set’s featured episodes follow one continuous theme.  The theme in question is indeed that of making friends.  Adding to that is the fact that the episodes each come from the same season.  As if that isn’t enough, the episodes are also presented in an order that is at least partially chronological.  Given, it’s not entirely chronological since the episodes that separate them aren’t there.  But in general, they are presented in the same order in which they appeared in their original broadcast.  All things considered here, the episodes prove hugely important to this latest LPS collection. Of course the episodes would be nothing without their writing.  The writing is what connects the friendship theme from one episode to the next.  At the same time, the stories presented from one episode to the next stand on their own merits.  In the set’s opener “Sleeper,” Blythe’s furry friends meet a new raccoon friend named Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.  Yes, that’s really his name.  Everybody really likes him, especially one specific member of the group.  The thing is that this new friend is nocturnal.  So he spends much of his time at LPS sleeping.  This leaves Sunil and Vinnie to have to make it appear that MR. Von Fuzzlebutt is awake when he’s not.  The result is a story that has been done so many times before in so many different TV shows and movies.  One of the most notable of those others is the famed 80s buddy comedy Weekend at Bernie’s.  Keeping that in mind, the story at the center of this episode is one that will definitely entertain today’s parents (many of whom grew up in the 80s) just as much as their children.  The story behind this episode is just one example of what makes the writing within LPS: Making Friends so important to the set’s presentation.  The story behind “Why Can’t We Be Friends” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.

“Sleeper” is a key example of what makes the writing behind this set’s episodes so important.  It is just one key example of what makes the writing so important, too.  The work behind “Why Can’t We Be Friends” is another example of what makes the writing so important.  Yet again here is that theme of friendship.  At the same time, the story stands on its own merits.  In the case of this episode the LPS pets meet a friendly spider named Webber.  Only not everybody is a fan of Webber at first.  Sunil, as it turns out, is deathly scared of Webber because of his own fear of spiders.  This is funny in itself considering that Sunil is a mongoose, who is much bigger than Webber.  It’s like the stereotype of an elephant being afraid of a mouse.  Of course over time Sunil learns those all-too-important lessons about stereotypes and pre-judging others.  Thanks to that lesson Sunil and Webber become friends in the end.  That story and lesson make this episode stand out clearly from the set’s other episodes even as it carries the set’s underlying, connective theme.  It is hardly the last episode that can be cited in proving the importance of the episodes’ writing, too.  The set’s two-part closer “It’s The Pet Fest!” is one more prime example of what makes the writing in these episodes so important to its presentation.

The writing within “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” clearly shows why the writing in this set’s episodes is so important.  The stories stand out from one another but the underlying theme of friendship is clear and present.  It is just presented in different fashion within each episode.  That is a great thing, too.  They are not the only episodes to show the importance of the set’s writing.  The set’s two-part closer “It’s The Pet Fest” shows that importance just as much as “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”  This episode sees Blythe organizing a fundraising concert for a good animal cause.  There’s just one problem.  She didn’t file for the necessary permits in time.  As a result she has to make friends with her mortal enemies, the Biskit Twins for help.  It is yet another familiar plot element that has been used in so many movies and television shows before as is the case of a young person arranging a benefit concert.  Even though they are not exactly new plot elements, the show’s writers still manage to successfully keep both lot elements fresh and entertaining in this episode.  They do so by not only having Blythe bring in a band that is world-famous in the LPS universe, but also by having the LPS pets put on their own concert, too.  In the end Blythe and the Biskit twins do end up working and existing together.  And the benefit proves to be a huge success.  Blythe even gets a big new honor as a result while the Biskit twins are left literally high and dry to wrap up the episode on a high note.  Again, the episode presents that underlying, recurring theme of friendship yet still holds its own against its counterparts here.  That being the case, the episode’s story and its theme come together to show just as much here the importance of the episodes’ writing as “Sleeper” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”  “Room Enough” shows that importance, too.  Together with the set’s other noted episodes it shows even more the importance of the writing within these episodes.  All in all, the writing within every one of these episodes shows with full clarity the importance of the writing within the episodes.  They show why the writing is just as important to the set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  The episodes and their writing are together not the set’s only important elements.  The musical numbers that have been incorporated into the episodes are important to the set’s presentation, too believe it or not.

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory Kids’ new LPS collection are undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  The same can be said of the writing within each of the featured episodes.  As important as both elements prove to be to the set’s overall presentation they are not its only important elements.  The musical numbers that are incorporated into these episodes are—believe it or not—just as important to the set as the writing and the episodes themselves.  The musical numbers are so important because of how rare they are in the grand scheme of the series’ four-season run.  It is obvious in the case of the numbers featured here that they musical numbers were intentionally incorporated into the episodes.  They were actually intentional parts of the story rather than just random mini-numbers thrown in for the sake of it.  They actually added to each story.  There’s a full-on pop punk piece in the set’s closer, and a more “poppy” number in “Room Enough” that will have viewers tapping their toes just as much.  For the rockers out there, the writers even incorporated a solid rock tune into “Sleeper’s” story.  In a weird way, it sort of conjures thoughts of certain musical numbers presented in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb.  Coincidence or not the similarity is there.  And it is fun regardless.  It is just as fun as those numbers and the others presented in this set, too.  Keeping that in mind, it should be clear just why the musical numbers incorporated in this set’s featured episodes are just as important to note as the episodes’ stories and the episodes themselves.  Each element is important in its own right.  That is obvious.  All things considered though, they make this DVD in whole yet another little collection that boasts once again lots of big fun for the whole family.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids’ new Transformers Rescue Bots Is A “Tech” Of A Good Time

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The Rescue Bots are rolling to the rescue once again this summer with a brand new collection of adventures on DVD.  It comes in the form of Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech.  The brand new DVD will be released in stores and online next Tuesday, June 21st.  Just as with the series’ previous DVDs there is plenty to appreciate about this latest release beginning with the episodes themselves.  They all follow one consistent theme throughout the course of the disc’s nearly two hour run time.  This is just one of the disc’s key elements.  The writing within the episodes is just as important to note in the episodes’ presentation as the episodes themselves.  Last but definitely not least of note is the work of the show’s cast once more.  That is especially the case in the musical episode “I Have Heard The Robots Singing.”  The cast’s work rounds out this set’s most notable elements and completes its presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the overall presentation of Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech.  Altogether they make this set yet another welcome piece for the series’ fans of all ages.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech is neither the first nor the last collection of episodes to be released from Hasbro Studios and Discovery Family.  Keeping this in mind it is yet another welcome collection for the series’ fans regardless of age.  The central reason for this is the set’s episodes.  Audiences will note that all five of the disc’s featured episodes follow the exact same theme—technology.  Each episode sees the Rescue Bots—Blade, Chase, Boulder, and Heatwave—having to save the day because technology has caused some sort of havoc in one way or another.  This is so important to note because it is not the first time that one of the series’ collections has managed to follow one collective theme.  This has been done with previous collections from the show, too.  There are lots of children’s series out there that have seen multiple DVD releases, too.  The thing of those sets is that not all of them present episodes that follow the sets’ titles.  Considering this, and the fact that it is not the first time that Shout! Factory (and Shout! Factory Kids) have succeeded in this avenue, it makes this element all the more important to this set’s presentation.  Now, having noted all of this, it becomes clear why the episodes presented in this collection are so important to its presentation.  Of course the episodes are collectively just one of the set’s important elements.  The writing behind the episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented in Shout! Factory’s (and Shout! Factory Kids’) new Transformers Rescue Bots collection are in their own right hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow one continuous theme from one episode to the next.  That seems at least somewhat rare in today’s overcrowded field of children’s DVDs.  It is just one of the important elements of the set’s presentation.  The writing behind these episodes is just as important to the set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  This applies both to the episodes’ stories and their smaller elements.  In regards to the episodes’ stories audiences will enjoy the adventures on which the writers send the Rescue Bots and the Burns family.  “Space Bots” is a prime example of this.  This episode sees Doc Greene and Graham take a space station of sorts called the Asgard into space.  The Asgard doesn’t just launch into space either.  It uses a space elevator of sorts in order to reach space.  It isn’t the space elevator that has been conceptualized in real life by any means.  But the fact that the episode (which isn’t the series’ only episode to feature the Asgard, either) incorporates a very real life concept at its base is impressive.  That the writers would also incorporate the equally real danger of asteroid strikes into the story makes it all the more entertaining and engaging.  It is just one part of what makes the story such a prime example of the importance of the set’s writing.  There are other elements thrown into the story that are just as impressive.  Those will be left for audiences to find out for themselves.

“The Island of Misfit Tech” is another key example of the importance of the writing in these episodes.  This is evident right from the episode’s title, one of its smaller elements.  The title is a play on the Island of Misfit Toys, from Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  The story itself is just as important if not more so.  This story sees the Burns family joining Doc Greene on the highly classified island as they look for Cody.  They are hunting for Cody because he has inadvertently been taken there by a mechanical bull that has shorted out.  In the process, the bull got his jacket, which also had his communicator, thus leaving him unable to communicate with the team.  This is ultimately what leads the team to venture to the “island.”  What is interesting about the whole thing is that the bull that causes the whole mess just happens along at the story’s outset.  This is notable because while it seems like this isn’t much of a setup, it actually works, and does so quite well surprisingly enough.  Considering all of this, this story is one more way in which the writing shows to be so important to the set.  The epiphany presented at the end (which will be discussed later) proves that even more.  It still is not the last way in which the stories in these episodes prove so important in the episodes’ writing.  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” is yet another example of what makes the episodes’ writing so important.

The stories that were crafted for ‘The Island Of Misfit Tech” and “Space Bots” are clear examples of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  They are not the only episodes that can be cited in explaining its importance.  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  This episode is a nearly full on musical episode, save for a few minutes in the episode’s opening scenes.  It is not the first time that any show has gone the musical route.  There has been a handful of shows for grownups that have gone this route over the years.  But in regards to children’s shows it is one of the very few shows that has gone that route, if not the only one.  That aside, it is the first time that the series has ever taken the musical route, though.  So at least to that extent the writers are to be applauded.  The approach taken within the episode (its smaller elements) add even more to the episode.  That will be discussed shortly.  The story’s setup is what makes the writing here so impressive in the bigger picture.  It is caused when one of Doc Greene’s inventions is stolen by Priscilla Pynch.  Doc Greene’s reason for building the machine leads to a message within the story that is just as important to the story as the story itself.  It is another of those smaller elements that solidifies the writing’s importance even more and will be discussed later.  All things considered, all three of the stories noted here are clear examples of why the writing behind these episodes is so important to the set’s presentation.  And it is hardly the last example, too.  “Too Many Kades” presents a familiar story line (at least in the realm of animated series) when Kade is cloned multiple times over by yet another of Doc Greene’s inventions.  Each clone presents a different part of Kade’s personality.  They also cause their own share of confusion among the team’s members until the truth is revealed and they have to get all of the clone Kades back together.  The story presented in “One For The Ages” is just as familiar.  It sees Cody accidentally turned into a grownup by yet another of Doc Greene’s devices.  This is a story line that has been used so many times before by so many other series.  But again, it is the writers’ approach that makes it original here.  And yet again there is a message in this episode, too that strengthens the episode’s writing even more.  Whether through this story or any of the others noted here, it becomes entirely clear why the writing behind the episodes is just as important (at least in regards to the stories) as the episodes themselves.  The stories are however, not the only way in which the writing proves so important to the set’s presentation.  The smaller elements incorporated into the stories are just as important to note as the stories themselves.

The stories that were crafted for each episode in Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech are in their own right key to showing the importance of the writing in the episodes.  They are however just the tip of the iceberg in doing so.  The smaller elements of the stories are just as important to the writing as the stories.  This includes the deeper messages of certain episodes, the dialogue incorporated into the episodes, and even certain other elements.  One moment in which the smaller writing elements prove entertaining comes in “The Island Of Misfit Toys.”  Right off the top the writers make a sports joke when Cody announces that he didn’t make the soccer team.  Heatwave very bluntly asks, “Is soccer the one where they run back and forth across the same patch of grass?”  Boulder responds with an almost inquisitive tone, “I think that’s called football.”  The way in which Heatwave poses his question hints at a sense of what most people think makes soccer (or football) boring.  It’s so subtle but such a great moment.  Boulder’s response is just as funny because it addresses the cultural diversity in terms of what the western world calls the sport versus what the rest of the world calls it.  The subtlety of the joke and the fact that the writers could actually incorporate two jokes into such a short moment makes it even more enjoyable.  It is even complimented right off the bat in “Too Many Kades” as the Burns family is playing basketball. Blades asks Chase about the game saying, “Okay, explain to me again.  This is football?’  Chase responds in the moment, “No actual feet are involved. The object of this game is to place the sphere through the hoop, hence the name hoopball.”  Heatwave corrects them both, noting that it is in fact called basketball.  The fact that the writers would harken back to a previous episode here is in itself great.  “Space Bots” offers some equally entertaining dialogue between Graham and Doc Greene regarding air sick bags and appetites that is a minor running gag of sorts.  And it will have audiences laughing just as much as the back and forth between Heatwave and Boulder about soccer in “The Island Of Misfit Tech.”  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” also presents its own example of what makes the smaller elements of the writing just as important as the stories.  This episode is presented as if it was in fact a musical stage production.  It even includes a scene in which Dani and the rest of the team are singing a multi-part piece with Dani at the front.  The rest of the team shows up behind her in their own separate boxes, which feature just their faces as they sing backup (so to speak) to her.  It is a classic element used so many times in real life musicals both on stage and screen.  So seeing it used in the case of this episode is sure to put a smile on the faces of those familiar with said element and its use, and even those less familiar with it.  It’s just one more way in which the smaller elements of the writing prove so important.  There are so many more minor elements that could be cited within each episode.  When those elements are set against the elements noted here, and the episodes’ stories, the overall presentation here becomes one that audiences of all ages are bound to love.

Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids’ latest collection of Transformers Rescue Bots episodes is another welcome for fans of the series regardless of age.  This is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  The episodes follow one continuous theme from one episode to the next.  It’s not the first time that a series’ compilation disc has done this.  Though, in the realm of children’s DVDs it is relatively rare.  Keeping that in mind it makes the episodes their own collectively important part of the set’s presentation.  The writing both in regards to the stories and their smaller elements is just as important as the episodes themselves.  That is because altogether the stories and their elements ensure viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  Each element proves important in its own right to the disc’s presentation.  All things considered Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech proves to be another enjoyable collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series.  It is a welcome collection for Transformers fans of all ages.  It will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, June 21st.  Audiences can pre-order the DVD online now direct 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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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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Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales Boasts Big Family Fun

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Blythe and her furry friends at the Littlest Pet Shop are back again.  Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios released the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s animated series Littlest Pet Shop today.  The DVD, Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales, offers audiences five more episodes filled with fun stories for the whole family.  Each of the disc’s episodes present stories that will both entertain the whole family, and at times even teach some important lessons along the way all without being preachy in the process.  This makes the disc’s episodes their own important element in examining the disc’s overall presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The episodes, with their entertaining and occasionally informative stories, are just one part of what makes this latest collection of LPS (as it will be called from hereon out) episodes so enjoyable.  The writing within the episodes is once again just as important to note in this collection as the episodes’ stories.  There are pop culture references that the entire family will appreciate throughout as well as jokes that children and adults will each appreciate alongside the episodes’ dialogue.  Those more minor details within each episode complete the episodes’ stories.  They are just one more part of what makes this brand new DVD another fun addition to any family’s home DVD library.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important to note of its enjoyment as the stories within the episodes and their more minute details.  That is because the cast’s interpretation bring not just their respective characters and the scripts to life but also they bring a certain substance to the series once again with their chemistry; a substance that will keep viewers of all kinds engaged in each episode.  Each element proves to be equally important in its own right to the overall presentation of LPS: Pet Tales.  Altogether they make this latest collection of LPS episodes another great addition to any family’s home DVD library and an early candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new Family DVDs.

Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales, the latest collection of LPS episodes from Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios, is another wonderful addition to any family’s home DVD library.  That is thanks in large part to the work of the series’ writers in regards to the stories crafted for each of the disc’s five featured episodes.  Each episode presents its own share of entertainment throughout each one’s roughly twenty-minute run time.  At the same time at least two of the episodes present some important secondary life lessons for young viewers.  Whether or not those lessons were intentionally included in the episodes is anyone’s guess.  The writers likely know for certain.  Regardless the combination of that entertainment and information makes the episodes in this collection plenty of reason for audiences to purchase the collection.  One of the most enjoyable episodes included in this collection is its lead episode “So Interesting.”  This episode sees Blythe’s furry friends sharing stories about where they came from.  Penny Ling however feels left out because she doesn’t have an interesting story to tell.  So she comes up with a fantastical tale of fairies, goblins, and a watering stone.  By the story’s end Penny has to admit that none of it was true and that she just made it up as she went along.  After her admission her friends tell her that she didn’t have to make up her story to be interesting.  They tell her that she is interesting just because she is herself.  This leads to the embedded lesson about people simply telling the truth and being who they are.  It emphasizes that friends who like a person for who said person actually is, are real friends.  Again only the show’s writers know for certain if the lesson in question was intentionally included in the episode.  Regardless the fact that the writers were not preachy in including said lesson makes the episode in whole that much more enjoyable.  That sentiment is partially echoed in the DVD’s final episode “Proud As A…Peacock?”  That episode centers on a neurotic, hypochondriac peacock  (yes, you read right) who echoes hints of Woody Allen and Jack Lemmon’s Felix Unger from The Odd Couple.  That will be discussed later in the notes about the more minute details of the writing in these episodes.  Getting back on topic, Feud For Thought” is another episode that audiences are sure to enjoy.  It employs an oft-used story line for its foundation.  Blythe and her friends have to deal with Brittany Biskit after she and her sister have a temporary parting of ways thanks to Brittany scoring better on a test than her sister.  So it’s up to Blythe and her friends to get the Biskit twins back together even if it means enduring their dual torment.  This sort of story line has been used any number of times in other children’s shows including but not limited to Hey Arnold! and Recess.  The twist that the writers used in the case of this episode kept the story original and just as entertaining as it is in the other noted series.  On the other end of the episode Blythe’s furry friends have to deal with a pair of feuding koalas brought in to the pet shop.  This leads to a division of the pets and eventually realization that they need to re-unite the koalas.  What’s funny about the whole thing is that it playfully pokes fun at the age old story of the Hatfields and the McCoys here.  Yet again this is another minute element of the writing that will be discussed more shortly.  The fact that the writers could weave both storylines together so seamlessly  is in itself quite impressive.  This, just as much as the stories exhibited in each episode and their minute details, goes to show what makes the writing overall such an important part of each episode.  The writers split each of the episodes into two parts that allow both Blythe and her pet pals their own story.  This means even more entertainment for the whole family and in turn forms a solid foundation for the collection.

The foundation established by the episodes’ primary writing is plenty of reason for any family to add this DVD to its home DVD library.  As important as the primary writing is to the episodes it is just one part of what makes the episodes so enjoyable.  The more minute details within the writing add even more enjoyment to each episode (and the collection in whole), proving even more why this latest episode compilation is so enjoyable for the whole family.  The series itself is aimed at young female viewers.  That is obvious.  But as has been noted with previous LPS compilation discs, there are lots of smaller details included in each episode that will entertain not just girls but boys and even moms and dads.  For instance, the writers included a not so subtle tribute to the Indiana Jones franchise in the lead episode here as Penny Ling makes up her story.  And that the story is itself fantasy, male and female viewers alike will enjoy it.  The fact that the writers used Penny Ling’s pet shop pals to fill out the story is in itself a time honored tradition that has been used in so many other series.  This includes both animated and live action series.  More often than not this sort of practice is used in shows when they use dream sequences in their stories.  “Feud For Thought” plays on the classic Hatfield vs. McCoy story, only in this case the famed clans have been replaced with a pair of feuding koalas.  Interestingly enough the koalas are owned by a pair of backwoods country hillbilly looking figures.  Yes, the writers actually went there.  The irony in that juxtaposition in itself is worth plenty of laughs.  And seeing Sunil covered in watches as the “watch captain” of one side created by the koalas is worth just as many laughs.  As if that isn’t enough the central character in “Proud As A…Peacock?” is not just any peacock.  It is a neurotic, hypochondriac peacock that exhibits hints of Woody Allen and Jack Lemmon’s Felix Unger from The Odd Couple.  It even has its own special pair of prescription glasses that make it look somewhat like Woody Allen in peacock form.  And in “Fish Out Of Water” the pets encounter an alligator who is apparently from Minnesota, eh (yes, that was intended) as they search for Goldie the goldfish.  The fun presented in the episodes’ minute details still doesn’t end there.  The writers throw in a very subtle tribute to The Wizard of Oz in “What’s So Scary About The Jungle? Everything” that will only be caught by those paying close attention to the episode.  It’s only a little moment.  But those that catch it will find a bit of humor in its use and the very fact that it was used.  There is so much more that could be listed here.  But what is listed shows in its own right shows quite clearly why the minute details of each episode’s script are just as important to the episodes’ presentation as the episodes’ primary writing.  Both elements are equally important to the collection in whole.  That goes without saying.  But together they make this collection just as enjoyable as the series’ previous episode compilations.

The writing that went into each of the featured episodes in this new DVD is hugely important to its presentation.  From the episodes’ primary story lines to their more minute details, to the ability of the writers to seamlessly tie together two story lines within each episode LPS’ writers are to be applauded for their efforts.  Of course as important as their work was to each of the featured episodes their work is just part of what makes the episodes’ presentation so enjoyable.  The work of the show’s cast is just as important as that of the writers.  What’s really interesting is that Blythe’s pet pals are the real stars of the show yet again.  Audiences will love watching Kyle Rideout (Deadpool, Packages From Planet X, Hop The Twig) as the voice of Vinnie the gecko in these episodes.  When he takes on the voice of the “goblin” geckos in Penny Ling’s story he is especially entertaining.  That is because he makes the “goblins” an almost surfer bum sort of persona rather than that of goblins.  And while Mrs. Twombly largely takes a backseat to the rest of the characters in these episodes she is still so great to watch in the introductory scene of “Feud For Thought.”  She is standing at the store’s front counter playing a handheld game as if she was a teen.  It’s one more of those examples of what makes the writing’s smaller details so important to the episodes.  In the same breath Kathleen Barr’s (Reboot, Dinosaur Train, Slugterra) handling of this moment will put a smile on any viewer’s face regardless of said viewer’s age and gender.  On another note, Shannon Chan-Kent is just as entertaining as Blythe’s friend Youngmee Song here.  There is one story that sees Youngmee trying to convince Blythe to use her ability to talk to animals for various schemes.  Youngmee’s over-the-top enthusiasm for her own ideas is just as entertaining as the interactions of the rest of the characters.  It is really one of those moments in which Chan-Kent really shines in her comic timing.  It would have been so easy for her to ham it up so much more than she did in this mini-storyline.  But she handled the moment with the fullest expertise.  Because she did it makes her completely believable, and again entertaining.  It’s just one more way in which the work of the voice cast proves to be so important to these episodes.  There are so many other moments that could be cited such as Peter New’s (Agent Cody Banks, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, InuYasha) handling of Sunil when he is made “watch captain” in “Feud For Thought” that prove it just as much.  But there is not enough space or time to note every single notable moment.  Keeping that in mind it is safe to say that the work noted here proves unquestionably that the work of the show’s voice cast is just as important to these episodes as that of the writers.  All things considered the end result of the writers’ work and that of the cast is a collection of episodes that while small shows big, great things do indeed come in small stores…er…packages.

Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales only contains five episodes.  At roughly twenty minutes each that is a total of roughly 100 minutes.  It is 100 minutes that will assuredly bring the whole family together and keep the whole family engaged and entertained.  That is thanks in large part to the work of the show’s writers in these episodes.  The stories seamlessly combine together two separate storylines to keep audiences engaged.  The stories, while somewhat familiar in their setup, are still entertaining in their own right thanks to the approach taken to each.  The smaller details of each episode make the episodes even more entertaining, again showing the importance of the work put in to these episodes by the show’s writers.  Of course the writers are not the only ones to be commended.  The show’s voice cast brings the characters to life and makes them just as entertaining as ever.  This includes when they are by themselves and when interacting with others.  It is not limited to the show’s main voice cast either.  Even the supporting cast deserves its share of credit.  Each noted element is important in its own right to the whole of Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Tales.  Altogether they prove once again that big, great things do indeed come in small stores…..um……packages.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/littlest-pet-shop-pet-tales.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids’ Latest Rescue Bots DVD Is Another Welcome Collection Of Episodes

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Later this month Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots. The DVD, Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space is the series’ ninth collection of episodes to be released. And being that a fourth season of the hit series is on the way it obviously is not the last. Would it be nice to see the series’ current three seasons in their own standalone sets? The answer is yes. It has been overseas but not here stateside. Maybe that will eventually happen for American audiences. But in the meantime this latest collection of episodes is still a good addition to the personal DVD library of any of the series’ fans. The main reason for that is the collection’s featured episodes. The writing presented within each of the featured episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves. That is because it reaches audiences of all ages in a number of ways that will be discussed later. Rounding out this collection’s overall presentation is once again the work of the series’ voice cast. The cast’s work is impressive yet again. Though, something intriguing happens in one of the episodes that must be noted here. Even with that notable instance, the cast’s work remains just as enjoyable as in episodes featured in the series’ previous DVD collections. Together with the episodes themselves and the writing therein all three elements collectively make Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space one more collection that any of this series’ fans should have in their own home DVD libraries.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space, the ninth collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots, is yet another welcome addition in the home of any of the series’ fans. The main reason for this is its featured episodes. By and large the episodes featured on this disc were lifted from the series’ third season with one episode—”It’s A Bot Time”—coming from the series’ first season. This is important to note because that episode completes Shout! Factory Kids’ presentation of the series’ first season. The remainder of Season One was spread out across the course of six of the series’ previous eight single-disc compilations. The rest of the episodes featured here all come from Season Three. They are not the only season’s episodes to be presented so far either. Five of Season Three’s twenty-eight total episodes were already presented in the series’ 2015 collection Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots. Keeping this in mind and that of Season Two’s twenty-four episodes only ten have been presented so far, it means that Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space is hardly the series’ last collection of episodes. That is especially with the announcement last year that the series had been re-upped for a fourth season, which apparently has yet to debut at the time of this review. Staying on that note it would be nice to have all of Season One presented in a single collection for American audiences instead of so many separate single-disc collections. And with any luck Shout! Factory Kids will do just that sooner rather than later. But in the meantime fans of the show will appreciate having said collections and yet another part of the series added into their personal DVD libraries with this latest collection. To that extent even though it is yet another single-disc collection of episodes it is still another important piece for any of the show’s fans until such time arrives.

The episodes featured in Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios’ latest Transformers Rescue Bots DVD are in themselves an important part of the collection’s overall presentation. That is because coupled with the Season Three episodes presented in the 2015 collection Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots they take another proverbial bite out of the series’ third season. Together with the noted collection, nine of Season Three’s twenty-eight total episodes have now been presented on DVD. Fans of the show would likely welcome a standalone, full-season set just as much as this latest collection if not more. So that in mind this collection’s episodes prove to be just as important to the disc’s presentation as anything else in the meantime. As important as the episodes are to the collection’s overall presentation the writing presented within the episodes is just as important as the episodes. This includes both the episodes’ storylines and the smaller elements incorporated into the whole of the stories. “It’s A Bot Time” is the first half of a two-part story arc that closes out Season One. “Bot To The Future” was previously released in a previous TRB (as it will henceforth be known) collection. This portion presents the setup for the story, explaining how Cody and the Rescue Bots ended up in the past and why they had to go back in the first place. Go figure the whole thing was the result of Doc Green’s overly curious mind, not to reveal too much. “Unfinished Business” sees Boulder and Blades head back out into space in order to complete a mission involving an “energy vampire.” Their discovery upon returning to the site of their last encounter with the beast results in quite the outcome. That outcome won’t be revealed here. But it does ultimately leave viewers laughing at least a little bit believe it or not. There’s even a classic body/brain switching storyline in “Switcheroo” that sees the Rescue Bots trading places with their human counterparts after a trip into outer space. It’s an all-too-familiar story line that has been used in countless other sci-fi series animated and otherwise. But even with that familiarity in mind, the writers still manage to keep the story fresh and entertaining here. And even in the Groundhog Day style story “Time After Time” the writers managed to keep that familiar story line fresh in its own right. “The Last Of Morocco” is perhaps the most interesting of the episodes presented in this collection. That is because considering the evil Doctor’s deeds his final fate is not exactly what audiences would expect. It’s one more way in which the stories crafted by the show’s writers show the importance of its writing in regards to the episodes themselves. The writing behind the episodes’ stories is just one important way in which the series’ writing shows its importance in these episodes. The writing within the episodes is just as important as the stories that were crafted for each episode.

The stories that were developed for each of the episodes featured in Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space show in their own way the importance of the writing in the episodes. While they are important in their own right in exhibiting the importance of the series’ writing, the writing within the stories themselves proves to be just as important as the episodes’ stories. That is evident in “Switcheroo.” When the Rescue Bots and the Burns Family head up into space the first time, the writers pay direct tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey as Johann Strauss II’s ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’ plays in the background. The same song is used in one of the movie’s opening scenes as a space station floats in space. In “The Last Of Morocco” the writers don’t just use Jules Verne as a figure for the story. They actually accent his foresight of technology and his desire to use technology for the greater good. What’s more those responsible for the show’s animation even went so far as to use pictures of Verne for the character in the episode in question. That the writers and designers would collaborate and make that happen in this episode shows a great eye for detail. On a completely different note, “Unfinished Business” presents some interesting writing as it opens with a flashback sequence. The catch is that the writers don’t come out and make clear that the opening sequence is in fact a flashback. Audiences are in fact led to believe that they are watching the series’ real first episode. Of course it isn’t. And that ultimate reveal in itself makes for its own share of enjoyment for viewers. The story that follows is just as entertaining with Boulder and Blades hunting down the Energon vampire from the story that they told Cody. The duo’s showdown with the beast and victory both show some great writing, too. That is because the showdown shows Boulder and Blades having to get innovative in order to defeat the beast since it is just the two of them. The outcome presents a setup that all of the anglers out there will appreciate. It’s one more example of what makes the writing within the episodes so important to the DVD’s overall presentation. Each of the noted examples are in their own right important in showing what makes the episodes’ writing so important. The other episodes not directly analyzed here each have their own examples of what makes their writing just as important. Together with the directly noted episodes, the writing within each of this disc’s episodes show clearly and collectively why their writing is so important in the episodes’ presentation. Keeping this in mind, the disc’s featured episodes and their writing show only in part why Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios’ new Transformers Rescue Bots DVD is a great addition to the personal DVD library of any of the series’ fans. The work of the series’ cast is just as important to these episodes as the writing within.

The episodes presented in Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space and their writing are both equally important in their own right to the DVD’s overall presentation. As important as they are to the whole of the DVD, they are not the DVD’s only notable elements. The work of the series’ voice cast is just as important as the other noted elements. For the most part the voice cast’s work is just as impressive throughout these episodes as in the episodes presented in the series’ previous DVDs. There are a couple of interesting notes that have to be made, though. At first in “Switcheroo” the cast avoids the typical trapping of switching voices when their characters switch bodies. However as the episode progresses that seems to wear off as some of the cast ends up falling into that trap and others not. Even with that happening it doesn’t necessarily detract from the episode. But it does leave one raising one’s eyebrow at times. There is another episode in which Cody’s voice seems to be lower than in previous episodes. This could be attributed to voice actor Elan Garfias either being sick or getting older. Though in other episodes Garfias’ voice sounds completely normal. So it leaves one wondering needless to say. Regardless, Garfias’ performance in said episode is still solid from beginning to end. LeVar Burton is just as entertaining in each episode especially as Doc Green takes more of a direct role in each episode. At times he is so spot on in his role that audiences won’t be able but to laugh at Doc Green in his enthusiasm for what he does. That joy and the entertainment brought from the rest of the cast’s work in these episodes combines to show that the cast’s talent has not dwindled in the least even with the noted anomalies. And together with the displayed work of the series’ writers and those that chose the DVD’s episodes, all three elements come together to make this DVD in whole one more welcome addition to the show’s current series of DVDs. And until or unless the series begins to see its seasons in their own standalone season sets it will be just as welcome in the home DVD library of any of the show’s fans.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space is hardly the first collection of episodes to be released from Discovery Family’s hit animated series. And by the looks of things it definitely won’t be the last. From its featured episodes, which feature another chunk of the series’ third season, to the writing incorporated into each episode to the work of the show’s voice cast there is plenty to appreciate about this DVD. Even if the series never receives the full, standalone season sets that it deserves, the elements that went into making this DVD become reality make it a collection that any of the show’s fans will want to add to their home DVD libraries. It will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 23rd in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-adventures-in-time-and-space. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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SHout! Factory Kids To Release New Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios are teaming up yet again for another collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots.

Shout! Factory will release the new Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Adventures in Time and Space next month. The single-disc DVD compilation, the series’ ninth collection of episodes, will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, February 23rd. It features five more episodes lifted from Discovery Family’s hit animated series. Four of the disc’s featured episodes are pulled from the series’ third season and one from its debut season. The episode in question is “It’s A Bot Time.” This episode is the first half of a two part-time travel story arc that is rounded out in the episode “Bot To The Future.” That episode was previously released as part of the Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Return of the Heroes early last year. In regards to the series’ Season Three episodes, the Chase and Boulder have to head back into space to complete a mission involving an Energon Eater in “Unfinished Business.” “Switcheroo” sees a nebula causing the Burns family and the Rescue Bots to switch bodies. Dr. Morocco is back again in this collection, too in “The Last Of Morocco.” And in “Time After Time” Cody finds himself in a time loop that is being cause d by the Mayor Luskey Clock Tower.  The complete episode listing for the DVD is noted below.

 

Episodes

Episode Episode Title
1 Transformers Rescue Bots: It’s A Bot Time
2 Transformers Rescue Bots: Unfinished Business
3 Transformers Rescue Bots: Switcheroo
4 Transformers Rescue Bots: Time After Time
5 Transformers Rescue Bots: The Last Of Morocco

 

 

Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, February 23rd. It will retail for MSRP of $14.93but can be pre-ordered via Shout! Factory’s online store now for a discounted price of $13.93 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-adventures-in-time-and-space. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

 

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