Acting, Production Save ‘Monster Trucks’ From Being A Monster Failure

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Paramount and Nickelodeon’s latest effort at a family friendly action flick, Monster Trucks is a work that while not a monster failure, is anything but a monster success.  Originally released in theaters this past January, it was just recently released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 11.  It fails to run on all eight cylinders in part because of its story, which suffers from some major writing issues.  While the story does suffer from some undeniable issues, it isn’t a total loss.  That is thanks to the work of the movie’s cast.  This will be discussed later.  The movie’s balance of special effects and live action elements is another notable element worth discussing.  Together with the work of the movie’s cast (which clearly is not a group of teenagers, save perhaps for one cast member), the two elements are just enough to keep Monster Trucks’ engine running, albeit not on all cylinders.

Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ new high-octane family action flick Monster Trucks is an entertaining watch.  However, it is a movie that clearly does not run on all eight cylinders.  That is due in large part to a story that is marred by a plot hole *ahem* large enough to drive a truck through and a story that is anything but original in its setup.  The plot follows high school student Tripp as he fights to save a friendly mutant half shark/half octopus from the clutches of an evil oil drilling company and get it back home.  The problem with this story is that he does this while driving a late-model truck that normally would be a gas guzzler.  The movie’s defenders might try to argue that putting the creature in place of the truck’s engine was a subtle way to argue in favor of alternative energy.  Odds are though, that the movie’s writing team did not exactly have that message in mind when they came up with the movie’s script.  Odds are they didn’t even begin to think about this plot hole at all and just thought it would make for a good way to bring in young audiences because it had monsters and trucks.  That is just one of the problems from which this movie’s story suffers.  It also suffers from a setup that is anything but original.

The setup for this movie’s story sees a young person (or at least what is supposed to be a young person—obviously played by someone who is not a teenager in this case) saving a harmless creature from an evil heartless corporation.  In case that doesn’t sound familiar to anyone out there, similar story lines have been put forth in E.T., Free Willy, Pete’s Dragon, Super 8, and so many other movies.  Given the plots are not mirror images.  They are close enough though, that the comparisons are undeniable.  Considering this and the problem posed by the movie’s massive plot hole, the movie’s story is a major problem for its overall presentation.  Even with the problems posed by its plot hole and its setup, the movie is not a total loss.  It just takes a big hit.  The work of the movie’s cast is a saving grace in examining its overall presentation.

Monster Trucks’ cast is obviously supposed to be made up of characters who are teenagers.  However, it is clear in watching this movie that save for maybe one of the supporting cast, none of the other young cast members are teenagers.  On the surface that seems like a bad thing.  However on a deeper level, it may account for why each cast member’s performance is, while slightly over-the-top, at least entertaining to a point.  None of the performances necessarily pulls audiences into the movie or is award-winning by any means.  It is however entertaining enough that collectively, it is just enough to keep audiences watching through to the movie’s finale.  Case in point, lead star Lucas Till’s interaction with his CG-rendered co-star.  Till is to be applauded for the exemplary job he does of imagining the shark/octopus hybrid is actually in the scene alongside him.  That is exhibited in happier and more high-energy moments.  Co-star Thomas Lennon (Reno 9-1-1, Night at the Museum 1 & 2) is just as entertaining when he is on camera as geologist Jim Dowd.  Audiences will find themselves rooting for Dowd thanks to Lennon’s performance of the reluctant oil company employee who turns out to not be so bad (not to give away too much).  Lennon shows through each moment on camera that he understands Dowd is a supporting character and still makes the most of each moment without taking over said scenes.  His is just one more way in which the cast’s performance proves to be so important to the movie’s overall presentation.  If not for their work (and that of the rest of the cast), the movie’s plot hole and equally problematic setup would be unbearable and would otherwise not make the movie worth watching even for five minutes.  The cast’s work on camera, while important is not the movie’s only important element.  The balance of the movie’s special effects and live action elements rounds out its most important elements.

The balance of live action and computer generated effects used throughout Monster Trucks is the last of its most important elements.  As with the work of the movie’s cast, the lack of this element would make the movie’s story even more unbearable, and in turn, the movie overall even less worth the watch.  The CG is limited to Tripp’s subterranean pal and its family (or at least they seem like family) members.  Audiences will be impressed by this minimalism and the effect of said minimalism on the movie’s look.  In a weird way that expert balance actually serves to add to audiences’ ability to suspend their disbelief.  That leads to even more ease in watching the movie.  When the work put into making the movie look believable is set alongside the work of the movie’s cast, the two elements do just enough to keep the movie’s batteries charged along with those of its audiences.  Keeping that in mind, Monster Trucks proves to be an entertaining watch even though it proves to be a movie on which hopefully future models will improve.

Nickelodeon and Paramount’s high-speed family flick Monster Trucks is a work that would benefit greatly from a tune-up.  That is the case even taking into consideration the positives of the cast’s work and that of those responsible for balancing its CG and live action elements.  The movie’s story keeps it from running on all eight cylinders.  That is because of its massive plot hole and the unoriginal setup exhibited in its setup.  Even with the problems posed through its negatives, its positives are, thankfully, just enough to keep its batteries (and audiences’ batteries) charged from start to finish.  In other words, it proves to be another movie that is fun but ultimately forgettable.  More information on Monster Trucks is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Kids Announces Release Date For First ‘Kuu Kuu Harajuku’ Collection

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The first collection of Nickelodeon’s animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku is set to be released in stores and online this summer.

The series, which features the voice talent of Gwen Stefani (No Doubt, The Voice), will see its first volume of episodes, Kuu Kuu Harajuku : Music, Baby!, released in stores and online on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  It will feature 14 episodes from the series’ debut season.  The collection’s episodes are noted below.

Episodes Include:

Totally Teen Genie / Angel’s Flight

Music, Baby / Wanted Audience

Game Over / Phony Ponies

Hello Puppy / G, This Is Awfully Deep

Baby’s Birthday / Labor Of Love

Bad Boy and Little Girl / Yummy Bear Nado

Drums of Doom / Adventures In Housesitting

*Special Features TBD

Early shipments of the DVD will include a bonus code to download the series’ theme song while supplies last.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Amazon and ShoutFactory.com.

Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the all-girl band HJ5 through its world of music, fashion and style.  It is Stefani’s brainchild and aimed directly at young female audiences, encouraging them to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and use their imaginations.

The series is co-created and produced by Moody Street Kids (Australia), Vision Animation (Malaysia) and Gwen Stefani.  It is commissioned by Network Ten with investment funding from Film Victoria (Australia) and MyCreative Ventures (Malaysia).

DHX Media distributes the series internationally and licensed the series to Shout! Factory.

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Shout! Factory Kids, Hasbro Studios Partner For Ninth New Pound Puppies DVD

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

Ace, Cookie, Niblet, and the rest of the Pound Puppies return next month with another new collection of episodes.

Shout! Factory Kids will release its latest collection of Pound Puppies episodes next month.  Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups will be released Tuesday, April 12th.  It will be available in stores and online exclusively on DVD.  The series’ ninth collection of episodes, it features five more episodes from the animated series.  This time out, Rebound becomes an internet sensation when a video of him goes viral in “The Accidental Pup Star.”  Rebound’s fame leads McLeash to plan use his fame for his own gain.  So it’s up to the Pound Puppies to keep that from happening.  In “It’s Elementary My Dear Pup” the Pound Puppies and the Super Secret Pup Club have quite a mission on their hands…er…paws when a young boy named Chucky (Danny Cooksey – Salute Your Shorts, Tiny Toon Adventures, Diff’rent Strokes) is accused of vandalizing his school.  The episode is lifted from Season Three.  Also featured in this collection is another Season Three episode, “Hot Dawg!”  this episode introduces a casanova Chihuahua named Antonio (Carols Alazraqui—The Fairly Oddparents, Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb) who has quite the effect on both humans and canines alike.  The Pound Puppies are no exception as Cookie and Strudel fall for him and start fighting, forgetting along the way about placing their latest pup, Pupster.  So it’s up to Lucky to deal with the frustrating four-legged friend since Shelter 17 is his last hope to be adopted.  It’s just one more of the adventures featured in this collection.  There are two other episodes for families to enjoy together included in the collection’s single-disc presentation.  The complete episode listing for the collection is noted below.

Episodes

EPISODE EPISODE TITLE
1 Pound Puppies: The Accidental Pup Star
2 Pound Puppies: It’s Elementary My Dear Pup Club
3 Pound Puppies: Hot Dawg!
4 Pound Puppies: The Watchdogs
5 Pound Puppies: Back In Action

 

Pound Puppies: Showstopping Pups will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, April 12th.  It will retail for MSRP of $12.99 but can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $11.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/pound-puppies-showstopping-pups.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

 

 

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Out Of The Vault Returns Is Another Treasure For Classic Nicktoons Fans

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon

It is official.   The vault is open again.  No, not that vault.  Not that warehouse from which the people at Disney pull the same movies over and over again every few years or so either.   It’s Nickelodeon’s classic Nicktoons vault.  Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory have teamed up once again to release yet another collection of classic Nicktoons cartoons for all of the 90s Nicktoons Nostalgics and their kids.  The collection, Out of the Vault Returns is available in stores nationwide today.  Just as with previous OOTV (as it will be known from here on out) collections, this single-disc compilation features ten more episodes from some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved Nicktoons series.  That is just one important and notable element of this collection.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  The work of each show’s cast rounds out the compilation’s positives.  Each element proves important in its own right to the whole of Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s new Nicktoons collection.  Altogether they make this set another collection that any Nicktoons Nostalgic will want to add to his or her own home DVD library.

Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s latest collection of classic Nicktoons episodes is yet another piece that any Nicktoons Nostalgic will want to add to his or her own home DVD library.  The main reason for this is the list of episodes collected for the disc’s presentation.  There is a total of nineteen shorts over the course of the DVD’s roughly two hundred twenty minutes.  For the most part the episodes are equally divided among the five featured series.  Each series is represented with four episodes save for Rocko’s Modern Life.  That series is represented by three episodes.  Even with that slight discrepancy it still doesn’t take anything away from the DVD’s overall presentation.  Audiences will love the inclusion of “You Only Scare Twice” from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters which spoofs the old James Bond spy flicks, and “Harold The Butcher” from Hey Arnold!  That episode is one of Hey Arnold!’s best episodes hands down.  It sees local bully Harold show his softer side as he discovers his calling.  It is one of those episodes that clearly exhibits the heart that made Hey Arnold! so great and still does so today.  Just as great is “Fatal Contraption” from Rocko’s Modern Life.  This episode is actually one of the series’ more controversial episodes believe it or not.  As if that isn’t enough, “Meat Dog’s Friends” will have audiences laughing just as much as Dog discovers where meat comes from.  He turns vegetarian but only for a short time.  That is because of a dream that he has that unnerves him even more.  There are just as many laughs from Dag and Norbert in the featured episodes from The Angry Beavers.  Whether for the noted episodes or any of the other included episodes, it can be said that the episodes in whole make for plenty of reason for any Nicktoons Nostalgic to add this new DVD to their own home DVD libraries.

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s new OOTV are in themselves plenty of reason for any Nicktoons Nostalgic to add this latest compilation to his or her own home DVD library.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  This is especially exemplified in Hey Arnold!’s “Harold The Butcher.”  Harold discovers his calling in this episode.  But that is just one part of what makes this episode so great.  He discovers his calling after having been caught shoplifting a ham, which as his rabbi exclaims (yes, rabbi) is not even kosher for Jews.  That brings up another important element of the episode’s writing.  That the writers would tackle religion so openly in a popular, mainstream children’s series is brave to say the very least.  It isn’t the only time that they did either.  What’s more it showed that Hey Arnold!  was so strong not just thanks to its episodes centered on Arnold but on the series’ supporting cast, too.  That’s rare in television.  It’s just one example of what makes the episodes’ writing so impressive.  Aaahh!!! Real Monsters spoofs Hollywood’s classic James Bond movies in “You Only Scare Twice.”  Right from the title, which spoofs the classic 1967 Bond flick You Only Live Twice the spoof is on.  The episode sees Oblena, Ickis, and Krumm chasing a secret agent in an attempt to scare him all while he hunts down an evil villain.  The chase comes from the trio being forced to make up a scare that they were supposed to have done previously.  Simply put it’s just a fun, turn off your brain episode that adults will enjoy just as much as their kids.  “Wacky Delly,” from Rocko’s Modern Life, is another important example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  This episode sees the Fatheads’ son in his attempt to get out of his contract with a major TV network.  He employs the help of Rocko and company in order to create a series so bad that he can get out of his contract, hoping that the network execs will hate the creation that badly.  Of course the plan backfires on him at least to a point.  Those that might not be familiar with Rocko’s Modern Life will be interested to know that this episode is actually linked to series creator Joe Murray and his own frustrations.  It is just one more example of the importance of the writing within the episodes featured in this latest collection.  It is hardly the last notable example of the episodes’ writing, too.  The joking commentary about the fanatical view of some vegetarians in CatDog’s episode “Meat Dog’s Friends” will have any viewer laughing hysterically with its biting commentary.  And the full-on zany approach of the writers behind The Angry Beavers provides its own share of entertainment, too.  All things considered the writing exhibited in this collection’s featured episodes goes well beyond exhibiting what makes the episodes’ writing just as important as the episodes themselves.  Both elements come together to strengthen the collection even more.  Even as important as the episodes and their writing is to the overall presentation of this latest OOTV collection, the noted elements are not the collection’s only important elements.  The work of the series’ various cast members is just as important as the episodes and their writing.

The episodes presented in Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s latest OOTV collection and their writing are both integral in their own way to the collection’s overall presentation.  As important as they are to the presentation, the work of the series’ various casts is just as important to the episodes’ collective presentation.  Justin Shenkarow (Disney’s Recess, Where On Earth Is Carmen San Diego?, Life With Louie) is wonderful as Harold Berman in Hey Arnold!  The same can be said of Francesca Marie Smith (A Bug’s Life, The Prince of Egypt, Disney’s Recess) as Helga Pataki.  Her laughing-gas induced call to Arnold in “Helga Blabs It All” will have viewers laughing nonstop as will her attempt to recover the answering machine tape containing her profession to Arnold after her revelation of what she’d done.  It’s the kind of reaction that can only be pulled off in a cartoon series, and a timeless classic at that.  Jim Cummings (The Lion King, Shrek, The Hunchback of Notre Dame)  is just as great as the voice of Cat in CatDog as he realizes here meat comes from and his subsequent reaction in his own twisted dream.  On a related note,  Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, WordGirl, Miles From Tomorrowland) is just as great as Cat’s canine counterpart Dog when the duo has a big fish story of its own to tell in “The Old CatDog and the Sea.”  Going back to the episodes’ writing for a moment, this episode’s title is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  That is because the title is a playful take on the take of author Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and The Sea.  Younger viewers today likely won’t know much of the book or its famed author.  But older audiences will.  To that extent, it makes the writing once again all the more enjoyable.  Getting back on track voice actress Christine Cavanaugh (R.I.P. 2014) proves once again to be just as entertaining as ever as she and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters co-stars Charles Adler (Tiny Toon Adventures, Aladdin, Cow & Chicken) and David Eccles (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, Duckman) have to stop humans from discovering the monster school in the junkyard in “Less Talk, More Monsters.”  The trio will keep audiences entertained throughout as Oblina, Ickis, and Krumm try to protect their school from the humans.  It’s yet another way in which the work of the different series’ voice actors proves important to the overall presentation of Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s new OOTV collection.  Together with the episodes and their writing all three elements come together to make this collection one more great addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library.

Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s new Out of the Vault collection is yet another enjoyable addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library.  That is thanks in large part to its presented episodes.  The episodes represent each of the five presented series in a relatively balanced fashion.  And for those that were not able to get their hands on any of the series’ stand alone season sets or full-series runs it is especially great because of its cost effectiveness.  The writing behind each of the series’ episodes is just as important to the collection.  That is because it runs the gamut from the wildly outrageous (as in the Angry Beavers episodes) to the more substantive such as in the presented Hey Arnold! episodes and everything in between including the spooky and silly in the presented Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episodes.  The work of each series’ voice cast is just as important to the collection’s presentation as the episodes and their writing.  That is because the casts’ interpretation of each script is the finishing touch to each episode.  It is their work that brings the episodes and their scripts to life and in turn makes them entertaining.  Each element shows in its own way to be important to the presentation of Out of the Vault Again.   Altogether all three elements show clearly why this latest collection of classic Nicktoons episodes is another enjoyable piece for any Nicktoons Nostalgic.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

 

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Shout! Factory, Nickeloden Dive Into The Nicktoons Vault For Another New DVD

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory are teaming up for another new Out of the Vault DVD.

Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon will release the new Nicktoons Out of the Vault compilation next month. Nickelodeon: Out of the Vault Returns will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, March 8th. It will retail for MSRP of $9.99. The DVD features ten more episodes from some of Nickelodeon’s most beloved classic Nicktoons series. The series in question are: Hey Arnold!, CatDog, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, and The Angry Beavers. More information on the collection’s featured episodes will be announced later. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Tops Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Children’s DVD/BD Box Sets List

The world of children’s entertainment is one of the most diverse out there. This applies both to children’s music and movies and television offerings. This has been proven time and again over the years in every respective category. 2015 has proven to be no different. That has already been proven with the Phil’s PIcks 2015 Top 10 New Children’s Albums. Now this critic will set out to solidify that argument even more with the list of the year’s best new box sets for children. This year’s list roves just how diverse the world of children’s entertainment is in the realm of movies and television (especially television) with new box sets from Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon, Universal, PBS, Disney, and even Warner Home Video. Of course WHV’s offerings are lacking even with their entertainment value. As always, the top 10 titles make up the main body of the list. The bottom five are honorable mention. Without any further ado I offer for your consideration dear readers the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Children’s DVD/BD Box Sets.

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW CHILDREN’S DVD/BD BOX SETS
1. THE WILD THORNBERRYS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

2. HEY DUDE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

3. BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ANIMATED SERIES

4. TALESPIN: VOLUME 3

5. MR. ED: THE FINAL SEASON

6. SGT. BILKO/THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: SEASON 3

7. SGT. BILKO/THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW: SEASON 4

8. PEANUTS: EMMY HONORED COLLECTION

9. CURIOUS GEORGE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

10. SCOOBY-DOO & SCRAPPY DOO: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1

11. BATMAN: SEASON 2 VOLUME 1

12. BATMAN: SEASON 2 VOLUME 2

13. BATMAN: SEASON 3

14. PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE: SEASONS 3, 4, & 5

15. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: TIGER-TASTIC 3-PACK

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Nicktoons Nostalgics Will Go Wild For The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series

Courtesy:  Nickelodeon/Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Nickelodeon/Shout! Factory

It’s hard to believe but it has been a little more than seventeen years since Nickelodeon’s classic animated series The Wild Thornberrys made its television debut. And almost a dozen years have passed since it ended its five-season run. In the years since this classic animated series ended its run it has remained a fan favorite among those that grew up watching it and Nickelodeon’s other beloved Nicktoons. Four years ago, fans of The Wild Thornberrys were finally rewarded for their loyalty to the show when Nickelodeon teamed up with Shout! Factory to start releasing the series in its own standalone season sets. Over the course of the next two years that loyalty would be rewarded even more as the companies partnered to release the series’ remaining four seasons in their own sets. And now next week the companies’ partnership culminates with the release of the show’s complete series run on DVD. The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series will be released next Tuesday, December 8th. Regardless of whether or not audiences already own any or all of the show’s previously released standalone season sets, this new collection is a welcome addition to any fan’s home DVD library. The main reason that it is such a welcome new addition is its packaging. This set is packaged in exactly the same format as Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory’s previous Nicktoons series sets. In other words, it is far more ergonomic than having multiple standalone sets. It’s just one part of what makes this collection welcome. While it might not seem overly important on the surface, the set’s pricing is just as important as its packaging. That will be discussed later. Last but hardly least worth mentioning of the set is the episodes. None of the series’ episodes have been omitted here. So regardless of whether or not audiences already own any of the series’ previous standalone DVD sets, they still get every single episode here. It completes the presentation that is The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series. Together with its packaging and pricing, all three elements prove The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series to be not just a welcome addition to any of the show’s fans but one of the year’s best new box sets for families.

The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series is a welcome addition to any fan of the classic animated Nickelodeon series. It is also one of the best of this year’s new box sets for families. The main reason for that is the set’s packaging. Audiences will note with this new box set that Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory have packaged the series in exactly the same fashion as their previous Nicktoons series sets. It has packaged all of the series’ DVDs into two separate boxes within a larger box for a total fifteen-disc set. On the surface one might think that this would be less ergonomic than simply having the show’s standalone season sets. But the opposite is the case. In the show’s original DVD releases, Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory separated Season Two into three separate box sets and combined Seasons four and five into one single box. The end result is a total collection of six standalone DVD sets. This collection takes those six boxes and reduces them to just two boxes. Set side-by-side the full series set actually proves to take up less room on DVD racks than the show’s six separate standalone sets. That is because Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have once again used the standard packaging method used in its previous Nicktoons series sets. The discs are placed one to a side on either side of the boxes’ inserts. In the case of these two boxes, this allows eight discs to be packaged in the first box and seven in the second. This is a big reason that this collection is more ergonomic than the separate standalone DVD sets. It also protects the discs from one another, which is, again, nothing new for Shout! Factory’s box set releases. What’s more both boxes come complete with their own episode guide. The episode guides are printed on the back of each of the box sets. They list clearly which episodes are included on which disc, leaving no confusion for fans in that arena and round out the ways in which the set’s packaging proves so important to its overall presentation. It is just one part of the whole of the set that makes it such a welcome addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library. The set’s pricing is just as important as its packaging.

The packaging method used in The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series is an undeniably important aspect of the set’s overall presentation. It is the same packaging method used in Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s full series sets of their previously released Nicktoons. And just as with those sets, this set’s packaging is more ergonomic than the combination of the series’ standalone season sets. While the set’s packaging is undeniably important to its overall presentation, it is just one part of what makes this new box set such a welcome addition to any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s home DVD library. The set’s pricing is just as important to the set as its packaging. Shout! Factory has the fifteen-disc set listed as retailing at MSRP of $39.93. That is roughly average for such a set. However, thanks to a deal with retailer Wal-Mart, the set is actually available now in store ahead of its nationwide release date for $19.99. That is even cheaper than the set’s discounted online price at Shout! Factory’s online store. That price is $34.93. Twenty dollars for a fifteen-disc DVD set is a relatively affordable price and a smart price at that. Currently it isn’t even listed online via Best Buy’s website or that of Target. It is very possible that this set will be released exclusively via Wal-Mart. And if that is the case, then that $20 price tag (that’s in store. it is listed at $29.98 on the retailer’s website) is definitely another positive to the set. Add in the set’s smart packaging, and it becomes that much more of a welcome addition to any Nicktoon Nostalgic’s home DVD library. Even together they are not the only important factors to consider in the overall presentation of The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series. The episodes contained within the box set round out the set’s most important elements.

The packaging of The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series and its price are both important elements in their own right to the DVD box set. The pricing is just as important as the packaging because of its prince in-store at Wal-Mart stores across the country versus its various online prices. As important as both noted elements are to this box set they are only a portion of what makes the set’s presentation a win. The set’s featured episodes are just as important as its packaging and pricing. Audiences will be happy to know that they get the series’ full run in this box set. Every single episode that was presented in the series’ standalone box sets is also present in this collection. Some might take this for granted. But there are some rare box sets from other companies that try to pass themselves off as being complete sets yet obviously lack certain episodes. Luckily that isn’t the case here. Because it isn’t the case, it makes the price (both in store and online) all the more important. And together with the set’s smart packaging, all three elements come together to make The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series a clearly wildly fun collection for any of the show’s fans and for any Nicktoons Nostalgics out there.

Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon’s upcoming release of The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series is a great collection both for fans of this classic animated series and for any Nicktoons Nostalgic overall. This applies both to those fans that already own the series’ previous standalone season sets and those that might not have been so lucky to get their hands on said box sets. That is thanks in large part to its ergonomic packaging. Thanks to its smart packaging, it actually saves more space than the series’ collected standalone season sets. Wal-Mart’s current $20 in-store price (hopefully it will remain at that price for the foreseeable future) is affordable to say the least. That is especially in comparison to its varied online pricing. The presentation of all five seasons’ episodes rounds out the set’s positives. All three elements are equally important in their own right to the overall presentation of The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series. All combined they make this box set a great addition to any Wild Thornberrys fan’s home DVD library and those of any Nicktoons Nostalgic, too. The Wild Thornberrys: The Complete Series will be available nationwide on Tuesday, December 8th. However it is currently available in Wal-Mart stores across America right now thanks to a special distribution deal between Shout! Factory and Wal-Mart. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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