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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PBS Distribution’s New Kate And Mim-Mim DVD Is A Fun New Family Release

Courtesy:  Public Media Distribution/Disney Junior

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/Disney Junior

Two years ago Disney Junior launched its new CG-based series Kate & Mim Mim.  The series, which is produced by the rather well-known animation firm Nerd Corps.  In the time since the series launched only four of the series’ episodes had been available domestically in the DVD Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies.  That is until earlier this month.  Public Media Distribution released Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers early this month.  The compilation DVD boasts six episodes from the hit CG-based series.  The episodes in question are one of the key elements of the set that is important to note in its presentation.  That will be discussed shortly.  The stories that are contained within the episodes make up another important element of the disc’s presentation.  Last but hardly least of note are the lessons presented within the stories.  They round out the DVD’s presentation and bring everything full circle.  Together with the stories and the episodes themselves all three elements make this latest collection of episodes from Disney Junior’s family friendly series a welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Kate & Mim-Mim’s debut DVD compilation Flight of the Flowers is a good start for the series, which generally runs domestically on Disney Junior.  How Public media Distribution ended up with the distribution rights to the series is anyone’s guess, considering this.  Regardless PMD has, again, done an impressive job with this new collection of episodes from the family friendly CG-based series.  This is evident in part through the episodes that have been culled for the collection.  All six episodes collected for this compilation were pulled from the series’ first season. In all Season one consisted of fifty-one episodes.  That equals roughly twenty five half-hour episodes in whole.  For those that might not be familiar with the series this is one of those series whose episodes consist of two fifteen minute episodes each.  So while this compilation technically only boasts what would be the equivalent of three half-hour episodes, that presentation is still sixty-five minutes that is certain to keep young viewers fully entertained.  Keeping all of this in mind, the episodes that are presented in Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers are still quite important in their own right to the whole of the DVD’s presentation.  They are not the disc’s only important elements.  The stories that are presented within each of the disc’s episodes are just as important to the disc’s presentation as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented within Kate & Mim-Mim’s new episode compilation are important in their own way to the compilation’s overall presentation.  That is because while in the bigger picture they are just a drop in the bucket of Season 1’s roughly twenty-five half-hour episode makeup all three episodes were still lifted from the series’ first season.  It would have been easy for the people at Public Media Distribution to pull both of Season 2’s current episodes just to throw a monkey wrench in the works so to speak.  But they didn’t do that.  They made sure to pull all six episodes from the series’ first season.  Now keeping all of that in mind, the stories that are presented within each of the featured episodes are just as important as the episodes themselves.  Sometimes the stories entertain.  At other times they inform.  At even other times they do both.  The compilation’s title episode is an example of the episodes’ ability to both entertain and inform.  It sees Kate overcoming the difficulty of learning how to ride her bike by going to Mimiloo and helping Mim-Mim learn how to pilot the giant wild flowers.  The two situations parallel one another, and in turn remind her and viewers that nothing worth doing is ever easy.  “Bunch o’ Boomers” is an example of the series’ ability to entertain within itself.  Kate is looking for buttons for Mim-Mim’s sweater.  Over in Mimiloo, Boomer makes a mess of things when he accidentally duplicates himself with Tack’s Copy Zapper.  This is one of those episodes that is meant more to entertain than inform or even entertain and inform.  And entertain it does.  On a different note it could be argued that “Babysitting Squoosh” is an example of one of those episodes that informs more than entertains.  That can be argued in examining the episode closely.  This episode focuses on Kate’s attempt to figure out why no birds are coming to her bird house.  The answer comes indirectly in a trip to Mimiloo.  That it is able to keep young viewers engaged even being focused more on informing than entertaining shows once again the importance of the stories presented within this new DVD from Kate & Mim-Mim.  Any of the set’s other three episodes could be cited just as easily in that argument.  Considering this, the stories presented in all six featured episodes show collectively the important role that they play in the bigger picture of this DVD.  Even with their importance they are still not all that is important to this compilation.  The lessons that are presented within each of the featured stories are just as important to the compilation as the episodes and their stories.

The episodes featured in Kate & Mim-Mim’s debut domestic DVD compilation and their stories are each important elements to note in the bigger picture of this DVD.  That has already been noted.  While both elements provide their own importance to the DVD’s presentation, they are not the disc’s only notable elements.  The lessons that are presented in the featured episodes are just as important as the previously noted elements.  That has already been noted in the discussion on the disc’s lead episode.  It teaches that some things in life are not easy.  But in many cases those things that are not easy are also some of the things that are most worth doing.  One can’t just give up if something seems overwhelming.  It is a lesson that is presented in quite the easily accessible fashion.  “The Need For Seed” teaches a similar lesson.  Its lesson is one of patience that is taught as Kate tries to figure out why her plant is growing like that of her mother.  And in “Small Wonders” Kate explains in the episode’s end that one doesn’t have to be grown up or even a certain size or height to do big things literally or figuratively.  It’s just one more way in which the episodes’ lessons prove themselves another collectively invaluable addition to the compilation.  The disc’s other trio of episodes could also be cited to prove the importance of the episodes’ lessons.  Regardless of which episode(s) audiences choose, it can be said of all six episodes that their lessons collectively make up one more hugely important element of this DVD.  The lessons come together to collectively round out the DVD’s presentation and bring everything full circle.  Keeping this in mind, all three noted elements combine in this presentation to make Kate & Mim-Mim’s new DVD a good first impression from this family friendly Disney Junior series and an equally welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers is a good first collection of episodes from Disney Junior’s family friendly CG-based series.  It is just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library.  That is thanks in part to the disc’s episodes, all of which were pulled from the series’ first season.  The stories that were presented in the disc’s featured episodes are just as important as the episodes themselves.  The lessons presented within the stories round out the whole thing.  That is because they serve as the starting point for discussions on a variety of topics.  Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of this DVD.  When they are set against one another, they combine to make this DVD a good new effort from Public Media Distribution especially considering that Kate & Mim-Mim airs on Disney Junior rather than any PBS networks domestically. Kate & Mim-Mim: Flight of the Flowers is available in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=88167676&cp=&sr=1&kw=kate++mim+mim&origkw=Kate+%26amp%3B+Mim+Mim&parentPage=search.  More information on Kate & Mim-Mimi is available online now along with a number of activities and more at:

 

 

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Kate & Mim Mim Make Their American DVD Debut Next Month

Courtesy:  Public Media Distribution/Disney Junior

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/Disney Junior

Kate & Mim Mim is coming to DVD for the first time ever next month.

Public Media Distribution will release Kate & Mim Mim: Flight of The Flowers on Tuesday, March 1st. The DVD is the series’ first collection to be released on DVD for American audiences. It will feature six episodes from the series which currently airs on Disney Junior. In the collection’s lead episode Kate learns about not giving up when she and Mim Mim travel to Mimiloo for Lily’s surprise Spring Thing Party. As part of the party Kate and her friends have to learn how to fly giant wind flowers. But Mim Mim has never flown one. So it’s up to Kate to help Mim Mim get up his confidence and try. This helps Kate realize that despite falling down time and again on her bike, she can’t give up now that she has taken off her training wheels. Audiences can check out a clip of the episode online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s63uWvGamnY. It’s just one of the fun stories that will entertain young audiences. “Small Wonders” teaches those young viewers that even little people such as themselves can do big things. And “Butterfly Flowers” teaches an important lesson about independence and balancing said independence with acceptance of help. It’s a deep lesson. But it is presented in a fashion that is easily accessible for young viewers. The complete episode listing for Kate & Mim Mim: Flight of the Flowers is noted below.

 

Kate & Mim Mim: Flight of The Flowers Episode Listing

  • Flight of The Flowers
  • The Need For Seed
  • Butterfly Flowers
  • Small Wonders
  • Babysitting Squoosh
  • Bunch O’Boomers

 

Kate & Mim Mim: Flight of The Flowers will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, March 1st. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=88167676&cp=&kw=kate++mim+mim&origkw=Kate+%26amp%3B+Mim+Mim&sr=1. More information on Kate & Mim Mim is available online now along with games, news, and more at:

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